Friday, September 1, 2017

Starting the new school year as a stay at home mom.

The new school year has now begun, and for the first time, I am not starting the year as a teacher or a student. I have been a stay at home mom since Cambria was born, and I made the decision to take this next year off, too. As the new school year approached, I found myself having mixed feelings about taking another year off. I miss the buzz and excitement of a new, fresh school year. I miss my school community, colleagues, and students. Since making the decision to not go back to work this year, I have questioned if I made the right decision. However, now that we are a couple weeks into our new routine, I am really glad to have this time with my kids. I am grateful that I don’t have to try to do it all this year.

The truth is I hate the term "stay at home mom." I feel like there is so much more to me than "stay at home mom." In fact, when I think about myself, I am not very good at the "home" part of "stay at home mom." Cooking and cleaning are not my strong suits or passions in life. I find myself going a bit crazy if I just "stay at home" with the kids. I prefer to take them out and go on local adventures.

However, looking through these photos from some of our everyday moments at home together last spring has been getting me excited to have more time this coming year. This will likely be the only year of our lives where the three of us will be off together, spending our days however we want to. While I love being out and about, there is something special about a slow weekday at home where we stay in our pajamas a little too long and we let Everett's imagination guide our day. I am grateful that I get to be there for these slow, simple moments at home.   

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