Saturday, April 23, 2011


Our two children have been raised primarily by their stay-at-home-Dad because we are ADAMANT about their security, safety, and general wellbeing. But now after 7+yrs, Dad is ready to rejoin the workforce, and so we're looking for the perfect person to watch our children. Must have experience and references, and an obvious love of children. Any successful candidate will, as a minimum, be able to support our remaining school schedule through mid-June plus a full-time summer schedule through the end of August.

Initial childcare schedule will be 8am to 4:30pm on Mondays, and Noon to 4:30pm Tuesdays through Fridays, with additional hours required to support the Fairfax County Public Schools published calendar. Summer childcare schedule will be 8am to 4:30pm Mon-Fri.

Preferred candidates will earn more to stay and do dinner preparation and/or housekeeping. I will consider any combination of regular or occassional housekeeping, and will give high preference to the provider who could also take over the household grocery shopping, plan our meals, and prepare family dinners Monday through Friday.

English fluency/proficiency is a must, as our preschool son is experiencing slight language and developmental delay - we need someone who can work with him constantly on his communications and basic life skills (speaking, listening, self-feeding, self-dressing, potty training, etc).

My ideal candidate might be a Mom, who may either bring her one young child with her, or whose children are older and already independent. Or my ideal candidate might be a teacher whose schedule is a perfect fit and has lots of experience managing varying degrees of childhood chaos. Or my ideal candidate might a spunky Grandma who can keep up with the high-energy and high-spirits of young children. Or my ideal candidate might be a college student who may be specializing in early childhood development or special education who works with kids every summer. Or my ideal candidate might be . . . you.

Oh, we have two cats and a huge drooly dog. You absolutely must be totally okay with that. And by huge I mean a 100+lb Rotty.

Don't Get Your Hopes Up. Yeah, Right!

JR is interviewing for a more-than-fulltime job at 11:30am Monday. He has many reservations, but I've managed to encourage him past them to at least go through the interview process and see if he gets an offer. He worries about many 'what if' scenarios, like what if he is expected to start immediately, what if we can't find daycare, what if he hates it, what if he doesn't make any money, what if he doesn't even get the job, what if the kids don't adjust well, or what if something happens w/Christopher and he can't tell us about it. My attitude, towards all of that, is that we'll cross those bridges if/when we get to them. If he does get the job and is expected to start immediately, I'll take some unscheduled leave and put a daycare plan togehter. I expect it's more likely that if he gets the job he'll have a week or two before his start date, during which we'll put the daycare plan together.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Blog Wordle

A recent inquiry got me back on Wordle, just saving this for a later in the day project. :)

Love Life Laughter Motherhood Love Life Laughter Motherhood Adventure Charity Childhood Commitment Community Compassion Courage Devotion Empathy Equality Faith Family Generosity Grace Honor Hope Humility Humor Innocence Intactivism Integrity Joy Justice Kindness Nature Opportunity Optimism Possibility Purpose Spirituality Sportsmanship Strength Truth Whimsy World~Peace

Sunday, April 17, 2011


I always tell myself I miss camping, but maybe it's just that I really want to go glamping!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

from the DSFG Intranet

We've been in a collective tizzy about the potential furlough.I was actually looking forward to an unscheduled day or days off, but at the same time I was going to have to use leave, which I'd rather not do. I'm taking Wednesday off, I think, to chaperone a walking field trip for Phoebe's 2nd Grade class. I think it's kinda cool - her Elementary School is within walking distance to my College - they're walking over to GMU for some performing arts thing. :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Blogger Pains

My blog is being a pain in the butt. It won't keep me logged in, and it keeps putting triple hard returns between all my bullets. Grrr. :/ But I assume you have gotten into this year's photos?? :) Also, just wondering, do you notice when I tinker w/my title? I added a heart recently, that was probably pretty obvious. But every once in a while I come up with another value to add to my inspirations. Plus it was bugging me that the first few were not in alphabetical order with no explanation. :)