Update on our Nanny Alexandra


Alexandra came out to visit us for a couple weeks and just flew home today. She really missed the kids. . . I mean I am sure she missed me too. . a little. When the kids saw her they instantly ran to her. Wren was particularly clingy for the first few days not wanting her far out of sight. She thinks Wren has changed the most and in her words has become “much more cheeky.” There was a settled feeling about us coming back together and seeing us in our new lives and new happiness.

She said she feels like she glimpsed what life is like as a mom and one day she knows this will be her life with her own family. She mentioned how fortunate she feels for living with and loving children before she has her own. Seeing the work load of the daily details helped her understand what it takes to manage her future family.

She is more qualified than I ever was before I had my first born, Porter. Motherhood is not what it seems, at least it wasn’t for me. Resentments bloomed in me in those early years when I felt like I’d given up more of my life than I had planned on. When a day with a hot bright sun and minted green leaves felt like it was swallowing me whole as the hours crawled by with a new born in the house. I struggled to find my belonging in this new role. I didn’t have any previous experience with child care. I am happy that Alexandra took away so much about family and parenthood after living with us.



Currently Alexandra is going to Colledge in the North of England for Environmental Studies to be a climate activist. In January she will be spending 3 months in India to help educate different regions and apply what she has learned to the real world. After school she hopes to work with a charity or organization that battles climate change through education.

When she traveled with us to places like the Solomon Islands, Africa, and other third world countries she saw how poverty and litter go hand in hand. She sensed a big need for help and schooling in that sector and wants to dedicate her work and time here.

Before she left us I wanted to get her opinion on America and compiled a short list of her answers. Most of which are all car related LOL!



Positive Things About America


The pneumatic bank tubes blew her mind! She has never seen anything like it and wondered how new this technology is (it’s old!).

Big wide open roads

Loves that you can make a right hand turn on a red light

Free parking everywhere

Friendly people

Customer service in every store is amazing

A lot of ample space for houses and yards. Not crowded unlike Europe.



Negative Things About America


Consumption is more acceptable, whereas in Europe she feels it is more frowned upon.

Use of single use items like cups and plates in restaurants and people’s homes

The fact that so many restaurants have plastic forks –  in europe you see a lot more biodegradable utensils.

So many big cars on the road consuming a lot of fuel


Five Take Flight Faves

  • Ashli Barnes
    Posted at 13:37h, 02 November Reply

    I totally agree about all the cars on the road! I didn’t realize how empty the roads in Canada seemed until we got back last week. (Probably didn’t help that we ended up in rush hour because of a late landing. 😂)

  • Jadekitty
    Posted at 17:01h, 02 November Reply

    I love you honesty about how you felt after becoming a mom. So glad you had a great time!

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 15:35h, 07 November Reply

      I think it’s important for women to know that it isn’t always love at first sight and magic in the beginning and that is OK

  • Alexandra K
    Posted at 22:04h, 02 November Reply

    Hahah, hey! I missed ALL of you!!

    Thank you again so much, really loved coming out to visit you guys and already looking forward to next time whenever or wherever that may be. You guys are the best!

    Lots and lots and lots of love 💗

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 15:34h, 07 November Reply

      Next time we will cross the pond and come over to see you!

  • Doris Stratmann
    Posted at 00:20h, 03 November Reply

    Alexandra, it is great to read what you had learned from your time with the tillertsons! Kenzie, I have been following your posts for a long time and are always impressed by your attitude, courage and honesty! Wishing you both all the best!

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 15:34h, 07 November Reply

      Awe thanks for saying this. I am who I am and there is no point in trying to pretend other wise I guess 😂

  • Mariam Suliman
    Posted at 00:31h, 03 November Reply

    I can resonate with your view because it’s very similar to mine. Now that my boys are older , I cherish the “freedom”, limited as it might be.
    However I do envy Alexandra the experience and knowledge she has gained as it is invaluable.
    Her goals in life are very noble and close to my heart. Every morning I drive through our township shanty and see the litter and rubbish and it boils my anger to the brim but I’m so passionate about making a change I’ve started educating everyone around me.
    You’re absolutely right that poverty and litter go hand in hand but I see how the corruption at the top has allowed this to continue in my country. I sincerely hope we can rise to be the great nation I know we can be together!

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