I love this graphic that my sister at She Gets it Done created for us! Schooling should never get in the way of one’s education.
Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve taught a classroom, but it was just like riding a bike. I told my husband that I surprised myself when it came down to me teaching the kids today. See– to be a good teacher you have to forget that there’s anyone else in the room with you and just let go. It also helps that this is more of a preschool setting and less of a daycare setting.
I really got to know the kids and see which ones weren’t going to listen right away (lol). I always tell people that you really get to know the naughty kids’ names first because you have to say their name so many times. No really, all the kids were pretty good it’s just a matter of everyone getting used to each other and into a new routine.
There’s so much to do here as far as having a gym and a swimming pool at our disposal, it’ll be hard to run out of things to do. I’m sitting here during nap time when I should be sleeping. The only issue was Josiah today, around noon he got a little ancy, but we just did a group music lesson and took a short rest.
Am I really teaching preschool this year? Hard to believe after four years of being home. A week ago I didn’t even think this was possible. I’m excited for the rest of the year, there are some exciting things planned.
Do you have any tips for me as a “first” year teacher? I’d love to hear them!
Since working at home, I have really tried to pay close attention to my budget and save us money. One of our biggest downfalls is eating out, so we’ve made it a mission to try and eat at home more. I think we are deceived at how much this food really costs and really the toll it takes on our bodies. You could say that saving money has almost become an obsession of mine. I’m tired of paying money for something that I can get at a much lower price. Here are some examples of ways we are saving money as a family:
Working at Home
When I tell some people what I do, they look at me like I’m crazy. Yes, I work at home and I plan to do it until my kids reach school age. I think people are naïve to think that I do not save money while working at home. If you think about it, I am saving so much money it’s ridiculous. I do not have to spend money on eating out for lunch and I do not have to pay gas money at all. It’s nice to have that extra money to do things as a family instead of using it on travelling and feeding my mouth.
For this past year I have been involved in swapping. Swapping is where you pretty much trade clothes with other moms, but you have to pay shipping. Well, the group I helped to start kind of split and I decided it was better for me to use my time elsewhere. I have regained my passion for garage selling again. That means I am working Mon-Thurs and then on Friday the boys and I go on our garage sale adventures. My three year old loves it so much that he asks to go. It’s fun to find organizational tools, clothes, and toys that we could not really otherwise afford. Recently we bought a bunch of reading books for less than $2. As an educator that stuff is pretty close to my heart, now if someone will just tell my 3 year old to listen to me.
Every since my youngest son was born in January of 2011 I have worked from home and I have been my children’s primary caretaker. That means I wake up with them, feed them, teach them and put them to bed. I wash their laundry and I take them to do fun things. It’s been a blast being home with them and it’s encouraging to know that I am the main person influencing their lives. We recently found a sweet young girl to help us a few hours a week. It’s a nice change of scenery for me, instead of being home all week with the boys by myself. I have to mention that my husband’s schedule changes every week, so it’s important that I have a flexible schedule and working from home allows that.
Well, there you have it. This is just a few of the ways we have been saving money. I’ll be back to share a little more of our lives with you, so don’t go anywhere!
I never realized how much having children would make me hate my body. I have severe issues with the way my skin sags and how I can’t seem to lose the weight from having children. Even when my husband tells me I’m beautiful, I quickly shoot down his compliment. Any time I see a photo of myself I think “ugh.” At this point in time I don’t really see myself as beautiful.
I guess that brings me to this wonderful graphic my sister from She Gets it Done made for us here at Lighthearted Moms.
Everything has beauty but not everyone can see it, is such a beautiful statement. I might not be that size zero I once was, but I’m still beautiful. I’m not sitting here saying this so I have an excuse to stay fat. I work hard everyday on trying to improve my eating and exercise habits. Today I ate lettuce while my family had chicken nuggets and my husband went back for a second helping of cake. It’s a daily battle, but it’s worth every moment. Today I also biked a mile and walked 1.5 miles. It would have been nice if I started this journey while I was still skinny, but it’s better to start now than never.
I hope one day I can answer what my definition of beauty is but for right now, I’m just trying to figure out who I am post-three-beautiful-baby-boys.
What’s your definition of beauty?
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- If I died today, please know that I love you and each day I woke up wanting to make your life as beautiful as possible.
- When I yell, it’s because I don’t want you to get hurt or to feel any type of physical pain.
- When you see a tear roll down my face, I’m not sad, I am so thrilled to be your mommy and see how beautifully made you are.
- I do not buy you the biggest and most expensive things because I want you to appreciate the small things in life. I love seeing you get excited about a frying pan and spatula from the dollar store.
- As soon as it gets really quiet in the house, I sit there and bask in the quietness and then I jump up quickly to go see what mess you are into.
- I love when Benjamin looks at Isaac and just says “I love you.” It’s also beautiful to see you two play together. To see little Isaac running around with his big brother is just heartwarming.
- If I could have one wish for you in this world it would be that you never have to feel pain. I would take your place at any given moment in any given time.
- I wish you boys would sit still for two minutes to let me read you a book. Good thing you have your fathers book smarts.
- Your mommy and daddy fought hard to be together, so that your family can always be whole. We have two very special people to thank for that.
- Life’s too short. I look at my boys and I cannot believe how fast you have grown. Although life is fast, I never forget to tassel your hair or kiss you on your soft baby cheeks.
- I can’t help but laugh when you, Benjamin, tell me that I have an “act-ittude.” Your words and way of perceiving life are just too cute and funny.
- I have overcome a lot, but only through God was I able to. Always give Him the glory and remain humble as you progress through life.
- I can’t wait to meet your future wives and hold my future grandchildren.
- The day you hug me as a man and tell me you love me, I know that all of these days will be worth it.
- I want to see you grow up and get the wisdom your father has. He is a sweet and caring soul that loves your mother more than anything.
- If I died today, please know I loved you. I would die for you.
I am still nursing my almost 17 month old son and I get a lot of looks about it. I wanted to chat about the benefits of extended breastfeeding for a moment to maybe avoid getting the side eye from “folks.”
I miss being able to hold my older two sons. I was in such a hurry to ‘wean’ them and get them on their way that I missed out on a golden opportunity to bond with them. Josiah and I have bonded in a way that no one else can understand. I love holding him close and breathing in his smell. Getting to hold him for an extended period of time helps me remember that he’s still my baby and I’m still his mama.
A lot of people wonder how extended breastfeeding can instill independence. Honestly, I don’t see this in my son right now, but I know it will come with time. I look forward to the day that he starts his own family and becomes independent, but for now I’m really enjoying him.
My son is at the age where he really doesn’t eat much. I’m not sure why toddlers don’t like eating anything we put in front of them. With nursing, it’s so nice because he comes up and eats often. I know he’s getting something in his belly and this makes me happy.
I don’t consider myself “super” mom because I’m nursing for an extended period of time. I’m just doing what works best for my son and I. So the next time I hear, “How long are you going to nurse him?” My answer will be….”until he leaves for college.” Can’t wait to see the looks from that!