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We made it to the pool today! After A’s morning nap – we hightailed it to the pool where we swam splashed and played for a couple of hours. After our walk back home, I was hot and the only thing on my mind was a salad: lettuce, spinach, avocado, edamame, peanuts, cucumber and almond butter + soy sauce dressing. The perfect decision for a hot day.

You know what else was the perfect decision?

Making the choice to be a stay-at-home-mom. I’ve been getting emails upon emails of people asking me if I miss teaching, and why I decided to stay at home this year.

The short answer is yes: I dearly miss being a teacher.

The beginning of the year excitement, setting up my classroom, a new set of expectant eight-year-olds. Making a difference in the lives of a lot of children every day. I miss it.

However. It just didn’t make sense to me to go back. Think about it, I would spend all day taking care of other people’s kiddos and making money. Then I would hand over (more than half of) that money to pay someone to else to take care of my kiddo. That is illogical to me.

Sure, we’re going have to sacrifice a little. But I’m willing to do without almost anything so I can stay at home with my girl. And I feel extremely blessed to have a husband who shares that same philosophy. Adrienne is number one. I don’t want someone else being there for all of her firsts. As a teacher, I sometimes (a lot) worked twelve hour days. Adrienne isn’t even awake for 12 out of the 24 hours in day. If she went to daycare – I would literally not get to see her (awake) for five of the seven days of the week – and that is a sacrifice I am not willing to make.

So there you have it. I do miss teaching. But I would miss Adrienne even more.

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I mean..really?

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