new job

will blog more consistently… starting… NOW!

Happy Sunday! Apparently I took a non-intentional hiatus from blogging.. oops. I’ve been busy searching for jobs + apartments for my upcoming move to the city in June!

I’ve seriously been so {hashtag blessed, ya know} — please tell me someone gets my reference from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day — anyway, I’ve been so lucky to work with such incredible nanny families previously and I have been dreading leaving my current (AWESOME) family for fear of working for a crazy family. So after a few weeks of applying for and not loving/not getting nannying jobs, this evening I signed a contract with a family that I cannot wait to work for. They’re nice, young, normal, Catholic (YAY!) people and they have one little boy and are expecting a second babe this fall.

Oh God is so, so good.

So heres to me finally feeling a little more confident that my move is happening + going to be great. And to me blogging more now that things are falling into place.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday :)

xx, Melanie Elizabeth

(And as for the Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day reference, I highly recommend seeing that movie. It’s so cute and had me and my faux children (AKA the kids I nanny for) laughing out loud!)

east coast holiday | christmas 2014

Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. I love all the time spent with family and friends. I love the snow. And I don’t care how old I am, I still love opening presents! I love EVERYTHING about it. This year, I spent half of my time with my family in Charlotte and the other half with the Cooleys in Maryland! Here’s a few photos from my trips!


Someone from Southwest Airlines should hire me, I could blog/post/share my love for this airline all day long! And my love for my sweet friend, Lauren, who dropped me off at the airport on Christmas Eve. First stop, Charlotte! The rest of my family drove down the day before but I think I lucked out with an extra day of work and a quick flight down!


Christmas is so fun because Nick still brings such a magical, childlike innocence to the Holiday!


I snagged this photo from my sister, Becca. After Christmas, my family spent a few days in Hilton Head. I love that my parents still hold hands when they walk together.


After grabbing lunch at a super yummy Korean restaurant, Brad, Geena, & I took the littles for ice cream!

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G is the cutest pregnant woman, ever! I can’t wait to see her & Bradley as parents!



My godson, Isaiah, is too cute! He’s the sweetest, snuggliest little boy!


Every year, the Cooleys hold a family meeting before New Years. (Alex blogged about it here.) This year I was able to attend! It’s really nice to take some time before the year ends to reflect on all the great things that happened in the previous year and take a few minutes to think about what you want out of the next year!


My BFF + sister, Geena Harrington! When I visited Geena and the Cooleys for the first time about ten years ago, Geena & I stood here and took a picture in this same spot. It’s so cool to see all the awesome things God has done in our lives over the last ten years!


I love this Cooley girl. Ellie always sacrifices her bed for me and never complains about it. She’s also super talented at gymnastics and rummy :)


This is what happens when the Baltimore Ravens and the San Diego Chargers both play really big games at the same time. The solo Chargers fan (AKA Bradley) gets stuck watching his game off his computer while all the Ravens fans watched the game on the TV.


I finished up my Maryland trip with a Ravens win and snuggling Cooley littles on the couch.


I rang in the New Year with my friend, Lauren, and her brother + his new wife! This girl gets married THIS year!


And, since my family was still in Charlotte I had to watch Alabama play in the Sugar Bowl by myself. I coped fairly well with my bottle of Veuve and some Crimson Tide Jell-O Jigglers. Sad to see them lose, but excited to watch Oregon beat Ohio on the 12th!

I’m really looking forward to all that 2015 will bring! A new job, a move to the city, baby Harrington, and Lauren’s wedding, to name a few!

Happy, happy 2015!!

xo, Melanie Elizabeth


it’s going to be great

(this awesome quote came in my October monthly bundle from Naptime Diaries, and I knew it was a sign!)


After many prayerful and tear-filled nights, I have decided to embark on a new journey! I made the decision to quit my incredible job here in Homer Glen, and move to the city of Chicago! I have agonized over this decision for months, trying to decide if I could handle the reverse commute from the city back to my job in the suburbs. After realizing that I would spend at least two hours a day in the car, and deciding that that alone could make me suicidal, I concluded that this was an all or nothing kinda thing! So I’m leaving the comforts (free wine/beer/food/laundry) of home and moving myself about 30 miles east, to my favorite place in the world with one of my dearest friends from college!

After I made this decision, I was so anxious about sharing the news with my boss and dear friend, Jeanette! I wasn’t worried about her being mad or not knowing how to tell her, I was worried that I would lose her family and her friendship. Immediately after telling her of my decision (in the middle of my tears) she kept telling me how excited she was for me! It doesn’t really get much better than that! She is such an incredible woman of God and has a huge heart, I am dreading the day when I have to say goodbye to her and her family!

Every, single person I have come across in the past week since I decided to uproot has been so, so supportive and excited for me!  I am really so genuinely blessed to have such positive people in my life! Please keep me in your prayers as I search for a new job/apartment!

xx, Melanie Elizabeth