During this Christmas season, we were reflecting on past Christmases. You might expect us to say the best gift our parents ever gave us was an ipad, or american girl doll....but it actually wasn't an "item".
It all started with the Carol Street Apartments. Our parents owned this apartment complex for 15 years. Our weekends were spent picking up garbage, cleaning out the entryways or cleaning the laundry rooms in each building.
Sadie- Cassie and I get flack from our older siblings because we didn't have to work as hard at the apartments as they did...we do remember having small responsibilities there though. When the apartment complex was sold, our afternoons and weekends were turned to a gas station and car wash. My mom would drop me off every day after school to clean and pick up garbage at Oakridge (the gas station and car-wash). I remember being a freshman in high school, and seeing upperclassmen drive by as I was out picking up garbage. It was embarrassing then, but I am grateful for it now!
Cassie- So any older siblings that say I didn't put my time in at the apartments, can rot!!! I will forever be haunted by the dry, bloody boogers I had to scrape off of the walls when we cleaned the entryways! Our oldest sister Amanda said, "the beer cans and condoms kept her sober and moral." Parents take note, for this reason alone you should look into buying some apartment buildings! One day I was picking up garbage with my sister Abbie, and she made us pick up every cigarette butt we could find. No joke, we picked up over a thousand. Sometimes I wonder what goes through someones mind when they throw them on the ground.
When I was in 8th grade, my parents sold the apartments, and bought Oakridge Gas Station. It was fun to have a change, but it didn't mean the end of work for the Wolfley kids....just new tasks! Car wash bays were shoveled and rinsed out a few times a week, washing fluid at the gas pumps were refilled, coolers stocked, and lots of garabage picked up.
The summer I turned 16 with one of my best friends, we opened a summer ice cream store at my dad's gas station. Sometimes I think about our summer at "The Scoop" and I chuckle! I'm sure when the ice cream salesmen left from meeting with us, that they were totally sick about us! The morning of my 16th birthday we had an appointment with KLCE, a local radio station. We took samples of our ice cream for the hosts to try and they interviewed us! It was pretty fun! On the last week of the summer, we were so sick of scooping ice cream, that when it started to sprinkle outside we posted a "closed for inclement weather" sign and beat it home. My mom made us go back and finish our work day. She said we'd made it this far, and we needed to finish up the summer! It was a summer of hard work, fun, and lots of good memories with all of our friends that worked with us! I will forever be indebted to my parents, for instilling a work ethic in me, and teaching me to work for what I have and want!
When I was a freshman in college, my dad hired me to be a cashier at the gas station. I was given the prime shift of 5 am to 1 pm. I was so grateful, and rarely had to work a night shift. I love the girls I worked with, and I'm grateful they didn't treat me poorly for ruining their summer! When I finished my cashier shift, I'd head to Idaho Falls for my Permanent Makeup course. This would eventually become my bread and butter! I would do permanent makeup on the weekends in Blackfoot. I was always grateful to get out of the college scene and have some time to do what I loved! I feel like all the tasks placed before me in my childhood and young adult life, prepared me for my next chapter! Somewhere during my freshman year of college, I purchased my first home. I hadn't been working very long, so I bought it on a contract. Then, a year later, I was able to qualify for a loan. That home has been such a blessing to my little family while we've been in school, as it has financially supplemented our income!
Shortly after Rex and I married, Sadie and I were sent to Idaho Falls to open Retreat Day Spa. This became mine and Sadie's baby! There were many hours spent there. Most days Rex would drop me off at 7 am on his way to school in Rexburg or Jackson for work, and pick me up at 9 pm on his way home. Starting a new business from ground zero was a daunting task. Lots of mistakes were made, but many lessons were learned, and I wouldn't trade any of it for the world!
It's my hope to instill a work ethic in my children; to teach them to set goals and work toward achieving them. I'm so grateful for the example my mom and dad were and are to me.
Sadie- Our mom was and still is, really good at making to do lists. It was not uncommon to wake up on a Saturday morning and have a to do list for each individual child. Usually it would have tasks on it like, practice the piano 30 minutes, clean out closet, make bed, clean downstairs bathroom. Small things like that. The worst Saturdays ever, were when our mom would wake up and tell us it was time to deep clean our bedrooms. This meant organize every little drawer, closet, and crevice in our rooms.
Our parents never ever let us sleep in. Never. I can't remember one day in my life where I felt comfortable sleeping in. Each morning we rose early. Even weekends. The worst was when I would have a friend over to stay the night, and my mom was up vacuuming early Saturday morning. We would never lounge around on the couch watching tv either. The only day of the week I can remember feeling comfortable doing "nothing", was Sunday. Sometimes after school, if we were neglecting our after school tasks, we would be on guard for when our parents got home. If we could hear them pulling in to the garage, we would jump up and pretend like we were working really hard. We never wanted to be caught just sitting on the couch. Never!
We are grateful for every hour and minute our parents taught us to work as we were growing up. This has been a huge benefit to us in our careers, and as mothers. What we once thought was unfair, is now one of the greatest gifts we have ever been given. We are positive that our children will have their fair share of "to do" lists, and garbage to pick up someday.
Welcome to Clover Lane!! We are Cassie & Sadie and this is our fun little creative outlet. We are sisters and we seriously live to eat, and love to laugh and craft! We are so glad you have joined us!
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