I can’t believe it’s the middle of July already. The summer is just flying by. June was a whirlwind after school got out. We had our beach vacation, Father’s Day, a trip to the Jacksonville area to visit friends and then an overnight trip to Disney for L’s birthday. The next thing I knew, it was the 4th of July. And now, I look at the calendar and realize school starts in less than a month. Where did the time go?
On August 13, L will start 3rd grade and Buggy will start pre-K. The next couple of weeks will be spent getting school supplies, clothes and shoes. Buggy’s teacher has already called to introduce herself. We’ll hear from L’s teacher closer to when school starts. It’s hard to believe both my girls will be in school (even though Buggy will only be there for 3 hours).
I never thought I would have an opportunity to be a stay at home mom. When we lived in CT, I had to work due to the high cost of living there. I was only able to take 10 weeks of maternity leave after L was born. I got pregnant with her pretty much the second we moved into our first house. The house needed work so that was where a lot of our money went before she as born. When I went back to work, I worked 4 days a week and my in-laws watched L one day a week so she only went to day care 3 days a week. She didn’t attend full time until she was almost 18 months old. I was glad to have that one day a week with her for that time but I still felt like I missed a lot. So, when I had the opportunity to stay home for almost 6 months after Buggy was born, I took it (CT has VERY generous FMLA guidelines). And I cherished that time with her. I had no idea that 8 months later I would be leaving my job to move to Florida and I would finally have a chance to be a full time stay at home mom.