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Monday, November 29, 2010

postheadericon Garden Factory Visit

We enjoyed our visit to the Garden Factory. Unfortunately, all the fun events happen on the weekends, and we got there too early to see the model train running, but we had fun, nonetheless LOOKING at the model train and saying hello to the Reindeer!

postheadericon All Aboard!

The conductor, ready to board the kids onto the train :)

postheadericon Drive-in!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

postheadericon Using our imagination with Legos :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

postheadericon Why don't Moms have any time?

A GREAT article about what a mother "does all day"...and why she may not have time for her friends...published in the Washington Post...

Best friend has child. Her: exhausted, busy, no time for self, no time for me, etc. Me (no kids): Wow. Sorry. What'd you do today? Her: Park, play group . . .
Okay. I've done Internet searches, I've talked to parents. I don't get it. What do stay-at-home moms do all day? Please no lists of library, grocery store, dry cleaners . . . I do all those things, too, and I don't do them EVERY DAY. I guess what I'm asking is: What is a typical day and why don't moms have time for a call or e-mail? I work and am away from home nine hours a day (plus a few late work events) and I manage to get it all done. I'm feeling like the kid is an excuse to relax and enjoy -- not a bad thing at all -- but if so, why won't my friend tell me the truth? Is this a peeing contest ("My life is so much harder than yours")? What's the deal? I've got friends with and without kids and all us child-free folks get the same story and have the same questions.

Tacoma, Wash.

Relax and enjoy. You're funny.
Or you're lying about having friends with kids.
Or you're taking them at their word that they actually have kids, because you haven't personally been in the same room with them.I keep wavering between giving you a straight answer and giving my forehead some keyboard. To claim you want to understand, while in the same breath implying that the only logical conclusions are that your mom-friends are either lying or competing with you, is disingenuous indeed.
So, since it's validation you seem to want, the real answer is what you get. In list form. When you have young kids, your typical day is: constant attention, from getting them out of bed, fed, clean, dressed; to keeping them out of harm's way; to answering their coos, cries, questions; to having two arms and carrying one kid, one set of car keys, and supplies for even the quickest trips, including the latest-to-be-declared-essential piece of molded plastic gear; to keeping them from unshelving books at the library; to enforcing rest times; to staying one step ahead of them lest they get too hungry, tired or bored, any one of which produces the kind of checkout-line screaming that gets the checkout line shaking its head.
It's needing 45 minutes to do what takes others 15.
It's constant vigilance, constant touch, constant use of your voice, constant relegation of your needs to the second tier.
It's constant scrutiny and second-guessing from family and friends, well-meaning and otherwise. It's resisting constant temptation to seek short-term relief at everyone's long-term expense.
It's doing all this while concurrently teaching virtually everything -- language, manners, safety, resourcefulness, discipline, curiosity, creativity. Empathy. Everything.
It's also a choice, yes. And a joy. But if you spent all day, every day, with this brand of joy, and then, when you got your first 10 minutes to yourself, wanted to be alone with your thoughts instead of calling a good friend, a good friend wouldn't judge you, complain about you to mutual friends, or marvel how much more productively she uses her time. Either make a sincere effort to understand or keep your snit to yourself.

original article:

Write to Tell Me About It, Style, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071,
Monday, November 22, 2010

postheadericon Loving our train table :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

postheadericon We made our own train table today! :)

postheadericon Enjoying our walk :)

postheadericon Snack time!

postheadericon Hello!

postheadericon Making chocolate chip cookie cake mmmm..Chef Arev!

Monday, November 15, 2010

postheadericon Great Day for the Zoo!!

Kids and I packed up this am for a visit to the there at 9:30 as this used to be the early opening time for members but, apparently that changed Nov 1st. .. So to keep ourselves busy until 10:00 the kids and I pulled out our snacks and drinks and played Steve's Songs on my phone (LOVE Pandora).  We munched and danced until the zoo opened up at 10.  We saw the snow leopards, the otters and snakes, played veterinarian, and finally got to see the elephants!  (we always seem to run out of time before we get to the other end of the zoo).  Kids did NOT want to leave when our time ran out!  Thanks for the sunny day, Mother Nature!!  :)

postheadericon Awwwww! So cozy!

postheadericon Getting close with the Baboons!

postheadericon Climbing monkees!

My little spiders :)
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

postheadericon Painting Fun!

postheadericon Thank you Michela Henry and Lucy!

We love the fingerpaints! :)

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postheadericon Beautiful day for the playground! :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

postheadericon Keiras Photo Shoot

Keira, 3, loves to try her hand at Photography, I think she does a great job, don't you?

Mossy Rock

Keira thinks they look like hands!

Momma and Auntie

Here she is, our cutie!

postheadericon Pajama Party at the Museum of play!

Had a wonderful time at the Museum of Play's Pajama Party!  I am just amazed at how we get our money's worth at this museum each and every time we attend!

They had so many organized activities for the little guys, story time in every corner, hired help to read stories and sing to the kids, they even pulled out a parachute which may have been the first time my little guys got to experience a parachute!

Of course we enjoyed the things available for an every day visit: The train set and real live ride on train, the kid sized supermarket, where they can be a butcher or a baker or cashier!  It was funny as the other day I was documenting my receipts and came across a receipt for things I don't remember buying, as it turns out, it was a receipt from the children's museum!  looked just like the real thing! 

if you are ever in Rochester, Ny, I HIGHLY recommend the national Museum of Play!
Monday, November 8, 2010

postheadericon Worn out boy!

postheadericon Cashing out!

postheadericon Little Postal workers!

postheadericon Parachute Fun!

postheadericon Rocking the her nurturing side :)

postheadericon When you go to the museum, you gotta bring your spare change for the children to watch their money spin down the drain.

postheadericon Fish are always a big hit at the museum!

There are THREE fish tanks at the museum, this is one of the smaller ones...the kids love Nemo!

postheadericon Pajama Party at the Museum of play!

Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6

10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month. This month:  Pajamarama. Wear pajamas and join in the “slumber party!” Sing and dance with teaching artist Sarah Peters. Included with general museum admission fees.

Museum of Play Rochester, NY

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

postheadericon Fun in a Box!

postheadericon Babies in a box!

postheadericon Pretty!

postheadericon More fun with a box!

Riding in the pirate ship
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The food looks so real at the children's museum!

Off to see the elephants arrive!

postheadericon Barnum and Bailey Circus Elephants!

We enjoyed watching the elephants eat their "snack"

postheadericon Parents Night Out: Halloween Party

Our first "Parents Night Out" Halloween party guests!

postheadericon Our New Logo!

Baby Brynn is a bumble Bee!

postheadericon Halloween 2010

That's me on the left (Jill) and dear daughter on the right. HELLO!

postheadericon Our Halloween Pumpkin

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Jill Carlier
Rochester, New York, United States
Jill of all Trades is run by myself, Jill Carlier... Hi! I live in the Highland Park Neighborhood of Rochester, NY. My goal in life has always been to live in and serve my neighborhood in order to simplify my life and help others. I will help you with your kids, your pets, your home, your plants and anything else you might need help with! I graduated from SUNY Brockport in the fall of 1987 with a dual degree in Psychology and Teaching. I have a wide resume of career activities starting with babysitting to camp counselor, Nanny, caterer, daycare provider, group home counselor/manager, kitchen manager, receptionist, and more! Since my calling appears to be helping people and I have been referred to as a "Jill of all Trades" I figured, why not? So, here I am! I look forward to meeting and working with you!
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Jill's House is a unique child care program taking children onlyon a part-time and drop-in basis. We keep our numbers low in order to provide your child with lots of one-on-one attention. Kind of like having your own part-time nanny!

Program includes: snack, free art, free play, socialization, outdoor time, field trips to community resources such as the library, zoo, museum, and parks.

Rates: $10 hr for one child, $15 hr for two.

$5 drop-in fee for uncommitted customers.

I also provide childcare in your home for no drop-in fee!


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