Friday, June 15, 2012

The simple life.

As previously mentioned, yesterday was my first "real" full day off work as a result of my part-time position. Before this week I was working 8-5, Monday-Friday. Mind you, I was lucky to be able to work from home quite a bit, but it wasn't the same. I wanted to be home when I was home, not be clicking away at my computer doing work. Yesterday I got a glimpse of the simple life that I love so much. 

So my new work schedule is working two full days and one half day each week. I am loving it so far. Yesterday and today I would usually be working, but not anymore- I'm free to do what I want when I want.... well, as free as you can be with a two year old.

Yesterday was lovely... went to the gym, did yardwork, cleaned the house, went to the grocery store, made a delicious dinner, and all the while having quality time with my boy. Dylan enjoyed spending the day with me too- he was my little buddy and helped me (in his two year old way) with whatever I was doing. 

I know that I'm acting like this was the first day I've had off ever.... I'm always off on the weekends and I just got home from a week long vacation. There was just something extra special about yesterday. I knew that I would typically be working the whole day, and it was so nice to not feel chained to my phone or computer in efforts to get some work done. It's like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and it's lovely. 

Is this how full-time stay at home moms feel? A lovely freedom to do whatever they and the kiddos want/need to do? I know that being a full-time stay at home moms is not easy or stress-free by any means, but there is a wonderful freedom in being able to just be at home taking care of your children each day without having to rush off to work. 

I remember The Great Meltdown of 2010 where I had a legit freak out over all the things I was trying to do. Work full time, mom full time, take care of the house, cook dinners, serve at church, pay attention to Ben, tend to my own needs, etc. I felt like I had so much on my plate that I wasn't able to do anything well. Luckily, the worst of those feelings passed, but I always felt like I was trying to do too much. Or maybe I just had too much going on to keep up with the expectations I had for myself. Either way, I am beyond thrilled to have more time at home with my boy. 

I haven't received my first part-time paycheck, so I'm sure it'll be a little depressing to see my income be cut in half. You know what though? I'm not that worried. I know that Ben and I can cut back on our spending and make things work just fine. It is worth it. 

It is so worth it. 


Ashley said...

I'm so excited for you! I wish I could figure out a way to do what you're doing. Until then I'll read your blog posts with envy. :-)

Taylor Kowallis said...

you are awesome!! Im so glad you are able to look at it in such a positive way and not take it for granted! Its wonderful being home with your kids! Yes, stressful but so wonderful! Im so happy for you and that this way able to happen! I hope I get to see you a TON when I come!

Terri and Jack said...

Chrissi- you will NEVER regret spending more time at home with the children. Life goes by so quick- they grow up so quick! I am 100% supportive of you being a stay at home mom. I remember how much joy you gave me... the little moments that cannot be planned. I wouldn't trade all the paychecks in the world for those time. Good job!

Kaley said...

I'm so happy for you! I can just imagine how relieved you feel!