Back into the Workforce

I recently got a job as a CNA after being out of the work world for a little over a year. I thought it would be hard, but I have gotten the hang of it pretty quickly and remember much from going to school and my previous jobs. I absolutely love it! The place I work now is the best and so are the residents. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to work.

The only downfall is that I’m away from my Littles for a long time since I work second shift and they are in school during the day. When I get home, they are already in bed sleeping. It breaks my heart to not be here at home anymore with them every single day but I know they are in good hands when I’m gone. I think it will take some time to get used to again. Today is my day off, and I’m seriously so beyond excited to see my Littles after they get off school!

I’m so proud that I can be doing what I love again while helping provide for my family. It’s the best!

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Treasure Hunts

Both of my Littles were both very anxious to get to their cousin’s first birthday party yesterday and kept asking non-stop when we would be going. I’m sure you all know how that goes. I knew it was my fault since I made the mistake of telling them that we would be going as long as they were behaving and listening, thinking that would help motivate them. Of course, it just made them very impatient as it would for me as well.

So I decided to have some fun with them before I completely lost my patience.

I came up with doing some treasure hunts!

I wrote down a list of four items that they had to find around the whole house on all three floors. Most items were easy-ish but a lot of them, they had to actually think about and look for.

With Ju-Ju Bean, since she is kind of struggling with math lately and reading a little bit, I made up some math problems, had her solve the problem, and had her go find the answer to the problem somewhere throughout the house. It worked greatly! She learned how to solve the problems and she helped her brother as well with it.

With Cruzier, he is learning how to read more now so I wrote down words, had him sound them out to figure out the word, and find the word throughout the house. He learned a lot!

I also came up with a few together treasure hunts where they had to work together as a team to find the treaures. With that one, when they were done, they were able to get a surprise which was a gift certificate to a store that I had. They were able to share the certificate and split it. We went to the store and they were able to pick something out they wanted to buy that was within their amount that they had with the certificate. They were so excited that they could buy something they wanted with a gift certificate they earned. I’m so proud of them!

This whole game was a way better way to relax and have some fun while learning, instead of trying to make them calm down and be quiet without asking a million times when we would be going to the party. It was well worth it!