And the living is
It always happens when summer hits, especially now that I have one child in school. I ask myself, "why didn't I become a teacher?" Because being off for the summer, stretching your 9 or 10 months of paychecks into 12 months, sounds pretty nice and doable. But then I remember what it would mean to teach in a class all day everyday for 9 months, and I'm incredibly thankful to those who are called to be teachers. Because although I probably would make an okay teacher, it just doesn't sound all that appealing. Now teaching college students, I could do. But it doesn't pay enough and it's hard to break into.
But still, in the summertime, the living is a little easier for me, and I appreciate it.
Although I still have to get up 4 days a week and get myself to work, the kids don't need to be up as early. They can sleep in and just throw on whatever clothes they want. There is no rush to get Miss Rose to eat breakfast before school. I don't stress as much about messy hair. And in our house of curly-heads, there is a lot of that.
On Mondays, the kids are at home with a babysitter. Tuesdays and Wednesdays they head to Grammie's house for the day where swimming in her condo pool is usually one of the orders of the day. Sundays is a work day for me, but since Bean is home, there is no rush out the door for them. Although Bean does have quite the task of readying three girls for church on his own. They wear jeans and tshirts a lot, but that's ok.
We don't have to rush to eat dinner by 5:30pm, in order to give time for reading, homework, showers and family time and bed by 7:30pm. The younger girls are still going to bed around 7:30, but we have started letting Miss Rose stay up until 8pm since she now has her own room. There are a few kids on our street she enjoys playing with who get home a lot later with their single moms and it's nice when she wants to go ride scooters at 6:30pm to say--sure, go for it.
We all love Thursdays. Finally a morning they can sleep as long as they want. Although Lily is usually up by 7am and her greeting lately is "hungry." But we stay in our jammies for a while, I drink a leisurely cup of coffee (or splurge on two) and the girls enjoy a lazy morning of a few shows and running around playing with each other. They all often end up in their underwear, or shirtless.
Come mid-August, we will all be ready for more routine again and Miss Rose will need the intellectual stimulation of school. We'll make sure to hit the beach a few more times and all our local funspots before school starts after Labor Day.
But for now, we're enjoying some easier living.
I'm linking up today with Work, Wife, Mom, Life. Even if you aren't a working mom, tell me how you're enjoying summer so far.