Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Show-and-Tell with Andrea. Today we're all sharing our first jobs. I have to be honest. I've had a VARIETY of random occupations in my life. Not even kidding. I'm highlighting some of my favorites, which might also happen to be the most random. ha!
#1 Otter's Slough
Does anyone recognize this place? #didntthinkso :)
This is Otter's Slough, which is a Missouri Department of Conservation area that was located about thirty-five miles away from where I grew up.
This is my friend, Carlye. WAY back in the day, Carlye and her older sister cleaned the offices at Otter Slough. (Their family had a connection.) When her sister graduated and was off to college, I stepped in as Carlye's cleaning partner. Every other Sunday afternoon, we drove over to the Conservation Area and cleaned the offices, mopped the floors, disinfected the bathrooms, and even cleaned the outdoor restrooms. UGH!!
It definitely wasn't my favorite job (Hello? Did you see where I said we had to clean the OUTDOOR restrooms?), but Carlye and I always had the best time singing way too loud all the way there. Sweet memories with that girl!
#2 Fisherman's Net
What about this place?? Has anyone seen this place?
The summer I turned sixteen one of my best friends starting working at this restaurant, Fisherman's Net, in Lake Wappapello. It was about a thirty-five minute drive also from my house, but we carpooled which helped to pass the time. I started working here as a hostess and then moved up to being a waitress. This place holds so many special memories in my heart. The restaurant was open from March to October only on the weekends (when the lake was busy). It was the PERFECT job for a high schooler. I worked every Friday and Saturday night and Sundays for the lunch crowd. They were so good about letting us off work for any school activity.
This was the inside. Who wants to drive to Missouri for some fried catfish and hush puppies with me?
Oh my goodness!! My seventeen-year-old self hard at work. I worked there all through high school and even went back on busy weekends to help them out while I was in college. I'm telling you they were like a second family I was there so much, but I truly loved it! And...the bonus is it was great money for a high school girl!
#3 Hampton Inn
Do you remember the movie, Maid in Manhattan?
What about Blue Crush?
In both movies, these super cute girls are hotel maids. They meet Prince Charmings while they're working in these hotels and blah blah blah...they live happily ever after.
The summer after my sophomore year of college. One of my girlfriends and I decided we wanted to be housekeepers at a hotel. #iwishiwaskidding #onthelookoutforprincecharming
We were envisioning wearing a cute little housekeeper outfit just like J. Lo or maybe even a pencil skirt like one of these above, but we got something completely different. Insert wide-eyed emoji!!!
First of all...the town where we worked as housekeepers didn't have five star hotels. That should have been our first clue that our uniform wasn't going to be cute. hahaha!!
This was my actual place of business...Hampton Inn, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
I took one picture "on the job" and I'm pretty sure I begged my mom to burn it. So there's no proof of how awful our daily outfits were but imagine this....hunter green, maroon, navy, and off-white vertical striped rough (not the smooth type of material) polo type shirt with pleated (yes, I said pleated) navy cotton pants, and tennis shoes. It took me one day to realize this job didn't require make-up or fixed hair, so I never wore make-up and my hair was always in a ponytail. Which all added to how gorgeous I looked at work. #imtotallybeingsarcastic
I googled "ugly striped polo shirt" and this appeared. I could teach Google a thing or two about an ugly striped shirt, that's for sure!
My friend and I worked one summer as housekeepers and I learned one thing....housekeepers work WAY harder than they ever get paid for!! It was a tough job cleaning rooms ALL DAY LONG. We brought more laughter to that housekeeper work room than you can imagine though. I'll always remember my days at Hampton Inn. :)
#4 Third Grade Teacher
I also worked throughout college at a daycare. I worked Monday-Friday afternoons from 2-6 and absolutely loved those children. I couldn't find any pictures of me....just the kids so I skipped out on posting that one.
After Tab and I got married and I graduated from college, I got my "big girl" job! I was a third grade teacher in Allen, Texas. Oh my goodness!! That first year was a mixture of emotions!! I loved those kids so much...like if I saw one of them today I'd probably start sobbing! haha! Thanks to FB, I'm keeping up with them though. :) We all learned a ton that year...hopefully they learned all about multiplication, reading comprehension, AND that a new first year teacher might have some kinks to work out but she can love you big in the midst of it all! Our principal always said, "First you have to get into the hearts of kids before you can get into their minds". And I tried my best to do just that. Lord knows...they all made their way into my heart!
Hope you enjoyed today's episode of "Erika's Random Jobs"...hahaha!! What about you guys?? What's the most random job you've ever had? I'd love to hear about them!
Have a great day! XOXO
Monday, October 5, 2015
Hallelujah!! Fall has officially arrived here in Texas. Yes, the temperatures might have only dropped into the 80's, but I'm thankful we're not in the 90's. #findsomethingtobethankfulforright
It's amazing how that first crisp, cool morning can have me getting out all the pumpkins, finding recipes with loads of "cream of" soups, and seeking out firewood for a REAL fire. I might be jumping the gun a little bit. At least on that fire part. :)
Fall is in the AIR!! Our family is crossing things off our bucket list this month!
*Fall Family Pictures
We already took care of this one and I can't wait to see those images!
I prefer to make all kinds of varieties of chili and taco soups ALL fall and winter long.
*Trick-or-Treating with Friends
One of our very favorite traditions is trick-or-treating with friends.
I'm going to be real. This is not my favorite bucket list item, so I put Tab Slaughter in charge of this every year. :)
*Pictures on our Fall Decorated Porch
There aren't many things I love more than a front porch all decorated up for fall with pumpkins and mums! I have to finish ours up this week, so we can take as many pictures as possible with that fall goodness as the background.
*Go Watch one of Tab's Games
Every year I enjoy taking the kids to one of Tab's football games. This year I'm not sure which one it'll be, but I have plans to load up all three of my crazies and attend.
*Watch Halloween Movies
We've already started tackling this at our house. Nixon loves them. Ebby Lee watches and then later tells me how scared she was! ha! By the way, I'm talking Disney Halloween movies...nothing really scary.
*Visit the Texas State Fair
We big puffy heart the fair. My kids talk about it ALL YEAR LONG! We're going to this week and I'm not sure who's more excited...the kids or the parents.
*Cuddle by the Fire
I can't WAIT for this to happen! I LOVE a fire in the fireplace on a chilly night!
*Visit the Pumpkin Patch
Last year we ran out of time and almost forgot to go to the pumpkin patch! This year we have "Pumpkin Patch Trip" on our calendar already.
*Dress-Up in Costumes
The Slaughter kids chose costumes weeks ago. Someone MIGHT have chosen a scary costume and is now too scared of the mask to actually wear it. We'll see how Halloween goes! haha!
M and G have the perfect backyard for making smores! We love roasting some marshmallows on their patio.
What's on your fall bucket list?? Maybe we need to add a few more! Am I forgetting anything?
Friday, October 2, 2015
Happy Friday, Girls! You made it to the weekend! I'm linking up with my girls, Andrea and Narci, for our Friday Favorites. You should join the party!
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Donuts with Dad on Friday mornings before school is one of their FAVORITE traditions!
Sending the big kids off to school is bittersweet for Bowen. He misses them something fierce, but having me all to himself is a FAVORITE. :)
Before school last week, I said, "Give me your best football pose". This is what I got! hahaha! #whatisebbyleedoing A FAVORITE football pose? hahaha!
Evenings spent at the ball field are my FAVORITE!
October 1st means FALL WEATHER and BOOTIE SEASON in our house! Ebby Lee sported her leopard booties to school yesterday. This pose is my FAVORITE! :)
Our awesome weather is another FAVORITE. Don't worry...Tab was in the street talking to a neighbor. We've been playing outside after dinner and we're all loving it! Ebby Lee was cheering. (insert laughing hysterically emoji...that girl!)
Happy Weekend, Friends!