My 12 weeks are up!
Today would have been my first day back to work if we'd stayed in VA. I just can't believe how quickly 12 weeks passed. But since we are no longer in VA, my new job is "Stay-at-home-mom" and/or "Household Engineer" as I've seen it noted recently. While I'm a little sad that I won't be in an office environment (contributing to the family finances), I'm shyly excited about this opportunity to raise my children "in the way that they should go". A lot of women have told me to "enjoy this time with them as they are only this age once" and "if I'd had the opportunity to stay at home, I would have". But since I do NOT have a degree in Parenting (then again, who does?) or Early Childhood Education, so I
was am fearful that I will not do as good a job as Josiah's beloved Little Saints Teachers.
I've had lots of time to think and talk with other SAHMs about what it means for my children and my family for me to stay at home. There is no better teacher than a "mother" (inclusive of mothers, grandmothers, aunts, etc). And while that may be true, I also know that teaching requires a good deal of patience, which is an attribute that I'm not..so..strong with. :-) And even though I won't be bringing home a paycheck, I will be contributing to our family finances by keeping track of our expenses, planning meals and trips to the store to avoid unnecessary purchases (we all know what going to the store hungry can do for your budget), making sure that our loan/credit card repayment plan stays in order.
Additionally, I do not consider myself to be the most creative when it comes to activities for Josiah; however, I'm proud of what I WAS able to think up for him to do, so I thought I would share. Here are a couple of pics from the last couple of weeks.
I had an unused shallow plastic bin, so I thought to buy a bag of play sand to construct an instant sandbox for Josiah to play in on the back porch.
A friend of mine made some banana chips with her 3 year old, so I thought I would try it with Josiah. I cut the bananas and he stirred them in the lemon juice.
Here is the finished product....not too bad considering they were the first thing I'd used the food dehydrator for other than beef jerky.
Another friend had a WONDERFUL recipe for Baked Oatmeal. So I let Josiah mix....he just LOVES to help by "making it" in the kitchen.