Wednesday, June 6, 2012

about 8 posts crammed into 1

I've just completed my third day as a stay at home mom for the summer, and already I'm trying to figure out how I fit work into my life. The things I've done each day have been "the usual." But each day has felt non-stop and I'm so tired by bedtime.

Being "just a mom" is no joke, I've always known. Balancing work and being a mom is no joke either. We are all full time moms.  Whether you work outside the home or not.

We had a wonderful send-off from my job on Sunday. We were overwhelmed with love and appreciation for the 7.5 years on staff at the church. They gifted our family with a 3-day Park Hopper pass to Disneyland and 1 night in a hotel. The kids were beside themselves with excitement. We all got Mickey Ears with our names on the back.

Because there are two services, we got "re-gifted" in the second service and told the kids to act surprised. Being 3, Lily didn't quite get it and as she ripped into her gift bag a second time she said "another pair!"

In discussing the service, the pastoral staff betted that Bean would put his ears on first, and sure enough he did. Guy loves him some headgear.

It hasn't quite sunk in yet that I'm done working there. I still drove to the area on Monday and Wednesday for the little girls' last days at preschool. And I stopped by Monday to pick up something I forgot and did a quick drive-by today to drop off something off.

The transition was so peaceful and smooth, it doesn't totally feel over.  It's a good thing to leave a job you still love and a staff you miss. As with any job, there are certainly things I won't miss-- but the people (my co-workers and the congregation) were what made the job so rewarding, and I already miss them.

Miss Rose is done with school next Tuesday, so Wednesday will be party day! Or maybe just stay in our jammies all day.

I have a lot of goals for the summer. I want to sit down and write everything out, but I haven't had the chance yet. There are little things around the house I want to finally do and institute chores and deal with behavior issues. It's time to expand the kids pallets and do menu planning and I want to become a better steward of our "household" money--especially since we have to make it stretch to get through the summer without me working.

And of course--have tons of fun with the kids! They are at great ages for the beach and swimming in friends' pools. We have a neighborhood full of kids who love to play and cousins just minutes away. Disneyland will be a blast and we'll see what else the summer holds.

I know it will fly by--and before long I'll be getting ready to start school. I love learning new stuff and even though I know it's going to require a lot of hard work, I'm ready.

I want to take my blog on this summer journey with me. So buckle up and hold on.

Here we go!