I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and was lucky enough to always be surrounded with exciting new adventures. Salt Lake is surrounded by mountains so I used to go snowboarding every Sunday with my family up until the year I broke my wrist! I also played lacrosse, cheered, danced, competitively through my entire childhood. Besides constantly being involved in sports, I loved any adventure I could find outside. This included hunting for tadpoles in the creek behind my house, riding my bike for hours with my friends, coming up with new "sports" to play with the neighborhood kids or forcing my friends into a play. My love for adventure is something that has extended through to adulthood as well! I think my love for adventure is what has really made me fall in love with childcare. Kids are always so carefree and imaginative!
I spent my free time in high school working as a lifeguard, which is where I became CPR certified. I also had a family I would babysit for which had one child, I started when he was 8 and babysat for them until I graduated and he turned 10. We spent most of our days riding bikes, playing with legos and going to the park to kick a soccer ball around. After high school, I started college and got another job working in online customer service so unfortunately I did not have much time to babysit in my free time. When I turned 21 I decided I needed a change in my life and was missing childcare so I decided to move to Spain to become an Au Pair for 4 months. I had studied Spanish in school for 6 years before that point, and after my time in Spain, I left with proficient fluency. Deciding to move to Spain was the best decision I have made in my life so far! I consider them to be my second family, and my home away from "home". I was a live in au pair and spent my time teaching english to their 3 little girls ages 9 months, 3 years and 6 years. I also spent my time with their other close relatives family teaching english to their two girls ages 4 and 7. I would prepare fun age appropriate activities to engage them in their learning, as well as keep them entertained! We would go outside and look for rocks, play hula hoop and kick the ball around.