Apr 03, 2017 meet our nanny Alaire
I’ve been dying for you guys to meet the nanny we picked and I figure now is as good a time as any to introduce her and let her introduce herself.
Something you should know right off the bat, she is a whiz at Bananagrams. I mean she is ridiculously good at the game. It was almost a strike against her actually. She literally started sand bagging a few games in. Letting Beckett sit on her lap and help her spell words…you guys this is a game where you are racing each other… and she has time to freaking get up and get Beckett a glass of water and still beat us. And no it’s not because we are really bad at the game- I know that’s what you’re all thinking. And no I won’t be packing the game along for the adventure.
But do you want to know the exact moment when I thought, “She is it.” It was during our first interview together. I asked her to tell me about a hard decision she had made in her personal or work life and what the outcome of that decision was. She tenderly told me about the sudden passing of her father after her first year of college. She openly spoke of her grief, of living in a sad mind. Of navigating her depression. I’ve lost friends and loved ones unexpectedly. I suspect most of us have. I’ve mailed so many thoughts to the heavens and at one point in my life I spent months measuring my life in death, which I guess taught me how to measure my life.
Then she looked me straight in the eye and said, “The toughest decision I’ve ever made was months after his passing. I woke up one day and realized the sorrow wasn’t going to go away and I was going to have to CHOOSE to be happy. That was the best and toughest decision I ever made for myself. ” That’s when I felt pure sunshine from her as she broke me open with her words and I thought, “She is it.”
There’s no better way to introduce her then to let her introduce herself to y’all, so here’s Alaire:
What can I tell you about myself? Well, let’s start with, my name is Alaire- it’s pronounced like Uh- layer. I grew up in Sugar Land, Texas- where the sweetest people on earth are from. I grew up with five brothers, and yes I like playing sports, but also dressing up to go watch a musical. I love ice cream, brownies, and macaroni and cheese. One day I want to ride a zebra on the African savannah. I have a passion for teaching people new things, especially little kids. Making people smile and spreading happiness are a few of my favorite things and I believe it is the small things people do that make the difference. I love playing with kids and hearing them laugh. I believe life begins on the outside of your comfort zone. Traveling gives me joy, whether that’s traveling 20 minutes to buy my favorite soda, or backpacking through Europe for a week. I have a strong belief in God and in my faith and I make charity and love for others a big part of my life. Work hard, play harder would describe my daily life this past semester! I worked two jobs, had an internship, took 20 credits in school– all while making all A’s, maintaining friendships, and nurturing and making time for a new relationship. It’s been hard and challenging but the rewards are well worth it! If I had a moto it would be, “Adventure is out there!” from my favorite Disney movie Up.