Congratulations to Jackie Ralston on being chosen as ANI’s October Nanny of the Month! Jackie joined our On-Call nanny team in August and has quickly impressed many of our families!
A recent On-Call family had this to say: “Just a note to tell you how much my boys absolutely enjoy Jackie!! They rarely go on about a sitter and not only did they latch on to her immediately last night, they’re excited about her coming again tomorrow night and already talking about the games they want to play with her! She’s truly a gem!!”
When asked what her favorite fall activity to do with children she responded: “To be outside as much as possible! If not, I really enjoy making free standing ghosts out of cheesecloth and starch.” Check out this cute photo of one of Jackie’s ghosts. Love!
Congrats Jackie and thanks for all you do!
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With school starting up again, there are a few simple yet significant tips to help ease children out of summer mode and into school mode.Whether they are starting school for the first time or returning, these suggestions will enable parents, teachers, and caregivers to have an easier transition. Read more »
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Congratulations to Shannon Worthy for being chosen our October Nanny of the Month!! We placed Shannon this fall in an infant nanny-share. Her families noted that: “Her patience and intuitions about the best way to care for S have consistently been in-line with what we hoped for in a nanny, so I never worry about S when I am at work,” and “She is great with A and very easy to work with from our perspective. A always gives a big smile when she sees her first thing in the morning, which makes leaving that much easier for me!”
Shannon has been a nanny for over 13 years, and has had many long-term relationships with families. She is what we call a baby expert, having worked with multiples and infants alike.
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The arrival of the Pumpkin-Spice Latte means only one thing in the Annie’s Nannies office, it’s Fall again in Seattle. Before the weather starts freezing little (and big) toes, we like to take the chance to spend some time outdoors – enjoying the crunch of leaves on the ground and the sight of hundreds of orange pumpkins in a field.
1. Get Lost In A Corn Maze
One of the most entertaining fall family activities is getting lost in a corn maze! Our friends at Red Tricycle have put together this handy list of 10 corn mazes in the Seattle area. A great, inexpensive day out with the kids that guarantees a good night sleep! Your family doesn’t need much to have fun here – just a pair of gumboots and a sense of direction.
Our Top Pick: Carleton Farm! – Check out all the extra fun activities!
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The leaves are turning red and orange, there is a chilly breeze in the air, and you’re looking for something fun to do with the kiddies! Creative Play Plus has some great Fall activity ideas for all ages!
- Go apple picking at a local orchard.
- Bake a treat with the apples you just picked from #1: a pie, galette, applesauce, etc .
- Rake leaves, make a huge pile, and jump right in!
- Go on a hay ride.
- Roast marshmallows over a bonfire.
- Make yummy s’mores with your roasted marshmallows from #5.
- Play a neighborhood game of touch football.
- Attend a local football game, whether it’s college, high school, or pee wee.
- Enjoy a mini tailgating party before the football game from #8.
- Plant fall flower bulbs that will bloom next spring: tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, etc.
- Tour a scary haunted house.
- Visit a pumpkin patch.
- Carve the biggest pumpkin you bought at the patch from #12.
- Bake a treat with the smallest pumpkin you bought at the patch from #12: pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes, etc.
- Attend a fall festival.
- Host a weenie roast over an open fire.
- Go through a corn maze.
- Iron colorful leaves between two sheets of waxed paper. Display on fridge.
- Make a fall wreath.
- Go raspberry picking.
- Make a treat with your raspberries from #20: a pie, mousse, jam, etc.
- Start your holiday shopping.
- Drink hot apple cider.
- Do a fall craft.
- Make leaf rubbings.
- Take a brisk walk in the woods, fields, or city park.
- Stuff a scarecrow.
- Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa.
- Make homemade marshmallows to top off your hot cocoa from #28.
- Buy or bake old-fashioned cake doughnuts to enjoy with your hot cocoa from #28.
- Identify leaves by using a good guidebook.
- Sew your own Halloween costumes.
- Visit a local candle shop and buy a fragrant, fall-scented one.
- Make an acorn necklace.
- Make a pine cone bird feeder covered with peanut butter and birdseeds.
- Read a fall-themed book (see suggestions below).
- Make a hearty soup.
- Host a clambake.
- Go bike riding, either around the block or on a bike trail.
- Watch a fall night sky.
- Take a walk on a beach (which will probably be empty) and build a sandcastle.
- Play a game of Frisbee.
- Make a list together of all the things you’re thankful for.
- Go on a fall picnic.
- Buy fall vegetables at a farm stand.
- Make something delicious with the vegetables you bought from #45, such as a carrot smoothie, squash ravioli, spinach salad, etc.
- Write a fall-themed poem together.
- Make a scrapbook about all the fun things you did together over the summer.
- Skim rocks across a pond or stream. Feed the ducks while you’re at it, too.
- Participate in a charity walk.