Five days as a stay at home mom
Throwing sand. Fighting over a chair... and this is actually the second generation of fighting over this chair. There is video evidence of my brother and my cousin battling over the 'chair with letters' about 20 years ago. Learning how to play a board game. Cheeks stained with cherry juice. Playing in the water.
We had so much fun at the lake on sunday, we went back today to celebrate Canada Day. Tomorrow it's back to work for Tyler - but I have two days off! I am starting a new job on monday, but for five whole days I get to be a stay-at-home mom. I love it. My alarm is turned off, I've baked muffins for tomorrow's morning snack, and I'm looking forward to doing some deep cleaning during nap time. On Friday, we may make a costco run during the day!! And I'm already much more energized to think about dinner ideas. Making dinner is the absolute worst when we are both working full-time. It's so stressful, I can never think of anything to make, and by the time I get home from work it's pretty much time to eat.
While I am grateful to have had a job these past 7 months, my work-life balance was pretty off. I never quite felt like I had gotten into the swing of things, either at the office or at home. I am hoping this new job allows me a little more flexibility to be home with the kids. My work week is a bit shorter - 35 hours vs. 40, and my commute is only about a ten minute drive.
Anyways, I'm not thinking about work today. Instead, I'm planning to build block towers with Soren, sing Poppy to sleep at nap time, and eat lunches at the park. And I don't have to pack lunches till September!! The kids are 'off' from preschool/daycare, and instead will be spending their days with some wonderful babysitters. I washed out their plastic containers with glee, pushing them to the very back of the cupboard. See ya in september - tupperware!