As of yesterday, I am back to working in the office in the afternoons everyday except Tuesdays because we have Spanish on Tuesdays - was Wednesdays now it's back to Tuesdays. I'm feeling pretty hopeful about it because it will mean that my working time will be more focused and more productive where as when I am at home working I'm easily distracted and interrupted and then I end up working all day. My hope is that by working in the office again I will have a very small amount of work that I have to do at home and will be free for more family time in the evenings. So, On Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays I will be in the office from 1:00 until I finish for the day. Could be anywhere between 3:30 and 5 depending on my workload that day, so it's not too bad. India and Kalib are coming with me on Mondays and Fridays. They read, play outside (if the weather permits), draw, and sometimes they get to help if I have time and they want to. On Wednesdays and Thursdays they will be with my mom. (Have I mentioned how happy I am that she is retired and we can lean on her a lot.)
I have been really stressed with my working situation. It has been taking up so much of my days and I feel like all I have said to my kids is I can't, I have to work, or let me work and then I will. WORK WORK WORK... I don't want my life to be like that if I can help it, so they may not like having to go into the office 2 days a week, but it is a very small trade off for mommy to have way more free time for us to play games and do crafts and go on adventures. Thankfully, because I set my own schedule, we can still do things if I plan in advance for them - anyone up for a field trip?
So, why am I writing a blog about this? It's a time of transition in our home and we need love and prayers coming our way as we adjust. It is very hard for me to let go of my attachment to being with the kids everyday. It is very hard for me to let my mom take the reins two days a week, but if we are going to homeschool and have me work (which I have to do) we all have to adjust (including me) and I'm excited and feel good about it, but with the more support we have from our friends and family the better off we will all be in the long run. I feel very lucky to have such a supportive family and one that is willing to help us out as much as they can.