It seems like I am always asked, “How did you become a nanny for a high profile family??”. Well, get your popcorn because it’s a long story.
To start, we’ll have to rewind all the way back to April 2017. Exciting things were happening for me! I was going to school at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA and had just made the cheer team for my second year. I recently started going back to church, and was working a great job as a gymnastics coach. Everything seemed like it was finally falling into place. However, in the couple months after that I realized that if I was going to be a cheerleader, I wasn’t going to be able to keep my coaching job. Almost all of the practices had conflicting times with my work schedule (V inconvenient…).
Anyways, fast forward to June and I was working as much as I could before required practices were to start in July. I had been applying everywhere praying that I would find a job that would work with my school and cheer schedules, which let me tell you, is an awful thing to try to do. And when I say everywhere, I mean EVERYWHERE. People, I had applied to Grocery Outlet and Taco Bell for goodness sakes. I was desperate.
Finally, it was like my prayers had been answered. Someone asked my sister if she knew anyone that could babysit a few days a week so she gave her my name. I would drive to CDA on the weekends to babysit and just stay with my sister, then go back to Cheney during the week for cheer practice and work. Madison, the woman that I was originally babysitting for, had given Meghan my number so that I could put in some extra hours while I was already in town (side note: the first time Meghan asked me to babysit I actually said I couldn’t because I wanted to stay in Cheney for the weekend, but my sister told me I had to babysit instead. LOL.). Luckily for me, I had never seen RHOC so I wasn’t nervous about meeting Meghan or Jimmy. I was just nervous that Aspen wouldn’t like me. Thankfully though, we were a perfect match from the beginning. When I met baby Aspen, I fell in love. As most do. I mean have you seen the videos of her? How could I not?! I was so excited to be watching a baby that was 1. super easy and 2. the cutest ever. I didn’t think that anything more would come of those babysitting jobs because during that time, Meghan and Jimmy already had a nanny. But what I didn’t know was that she was planning on going back to school in August.
So one morning, July 14th, I woke up to a text from Meghan asking if I knew anyone with nanny experience that would be interested in being her live-in/travel nanny. I knew she totally wanted me, not just a recommendation 😉 So I told her that I was interested myself! I mean seriously, would you pass up that chance? Nooo. We talked a little more about what exactly she was wanting in a nanny, when they would like me to start (which was just 3 weeks away. EEK), and all of the other juicy details. Also, let’s all remember that I just started cheering again, was still working another job, and had just moved into a new apartment 2 weeks prior to this. I had a lot on my plate. But when it came down to it, this was an opportunity to move away from Washington/Idaho where I had spent my whole life. I couldn’t say no.
In those three weeks I spoke to my cheer team and told them about my amazing job offer and that I unfortunately had to be done, had taken myself out of classes at EWU for the year, quit my coaching job, and moved out of an apartment I had just barely begun to call home. Being a live-in 24/7 nanny was never something I would have imagined myself doing at 20 years old.. But it completely changed the course of my life and I could not be more thankful that it did!