Who Is Your Daddy, and What Does He Do?

The question I get most is, 'what the heck do you and Rich DO?' Fair question since you may or may not have noticed we're both home together with Olivia all winter, in the south quite often, and we have a summer nanny.

We're carnies. Kind of. Food concessionaires. Forget the typical carnie stereotype of the missing teeth and fingers. I mean, they're out there but we don't all look like that. Rich was born into the business being a 3rd generation business and I married into this not understanding it fully until a few years ago.

Long story short his grandparents started the business we're in having food stands at State Fairs, festivals and concerts. We work in the summer traveling then we're home for good October - June.

I honestly wouldn't have it any other way because I've had the normal 40-hour a week work life sitting in a cubicle getting minimal time off for vacations with my family wearing awful heels all day and sitting in rush hour for a giant chunk of my time. I hated it once I got a taste of my new life. Every bit of it. I wanted fun.

In this life, every day is take your child to work day, our "office" is a midway or front row at a concert, I work around rides, food, bouncy houses, pony rides, and beer gardens; my work uniform consists of tennis shoes, a pony tail, and a baseball cap.

Our co-workers are our best friends. Seriously, our work is so fun that our friends work with us. 
Free outdoor summer concerts at work, just another perk.
Olivia's nanny comes to live with us during the summer because our hours can be sometimes up to 16-hours a day. Our child is never bored however because while we're working, the two of them are walking around the fair having fun.

At her first state fair. I was only about a month post partum, don't judge the pudge.  
While we're on the road we live in our 5th Wheel so we always get that summer camping feel. The best part- the whole family comes with, including the dog!

At the end of our long work day we can grab a brew from the beer garden and sit back and watch the ferris wheel at night with the fireworks blowing off behind it. In the winter we get to travel together and all stay at home together. I know I'm incredibly blessed to have the life I do. You gotta have fun in life. I don't like boring and I don't like routine. Keep things fun, lively, spicy, and other adjectives.

Our bench at the Minnesota State Fair we had made in 2011. 

2 comments

  1. Omg!!! I’m so freaking jealous. I’m the person who has the 9-5 cube job and stuck in the same routine. Your job is freaking awesome. I’m at work now typing this to you, because I need something fun (your blog) to break up the monotony of my day. You really hit the jack pot.

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  2. Omg!!! I’m so freaking jealous. I’m the person who has the 9-5 cube job and stuck in the same routine. Your job is freaking awesome. I’m at work now typing this to you, because I need something fun (your blog) to break up the monotony of my day. You really hit the jack pot.

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