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The One with Life Updates and Whatnot

If you clicked this post looking for a tutorial or giveaway, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. This is going to be a stereotypical lifestyle blog post about what I’m up to this week. I won’t call it a diary entry if you won’t, mmkay?

"Aww, man! Mom's going back to work??"

“Aww, man! Mom’s going back to work??”

So I started a new job on Tuesday! Hooray! I announced it a few weeks ago but didn’t get any details. I’m working part-time (15, maybe 20) hours a week at a private Christian school in a neighboring town, organizing their lunch program. I’m not making stew and potatoes, those of you who are picturing me in a hairnet, I’m picking up boxed lunches from the deli, putting delivery pizza on plates, and making sure the meals get to the kids who ordered it. I wouldn’t say it’s a glamourous job, but so far it’s fun! I would rather deal with kids than grumpy adults any day!

Also, we got to take a quick child-free weekend trip down to Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg, TN over the weekend. We went with eight other couples from our church and fun was had by all. With Monday being President’s Day, we got to make it a long weekend and visit overnight with my parents. It’s always so nice to get away, with or without our kids.

Next week is Spencer’s third birthday (THREE, can you believe it??) and he has requested a Toy Story themed birthday party. You’ll recall that last year his party was all about Octonauts and that required a lot of homemade decorations. I can’t say I’m too disappointed that there is an abundance of store-ready decorations for Toy Story birthday parties.

In case you’re wondering what we’re doing with the kids while I’m working, here’s that whole convoluted tale:  my job, being part-time, doesn’t pay enough to cover MWF after-school care for Miles  AND 3-day a week daycare for Spencer (at least not enough to cover it and make it worthwhile), which is what would be ideal on days when Miles goes to preschool. Tuesdays are my husband’s day off and he can work from home on Thursday. So right now, Spencer goes to the office with Brandon while Miles is at school, then Brandon picks Miles up, they all go home for lunch, and Brandon works from home until I get back from work. Tuesdays and Thursdays they are all home.

So that’s the latest on me! I think I haven’t quite adjusted to the idea that this is our life now, that other than weekends, I won’t be the one making my boys’ peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cut into triangles, every day. As I start to get into our new routine, I’ll share with you any great tips and tricks I “discover,” but I promise not to pretend to be an expert on the life of a working mom. Those of you who have done it forever have much wisdom to share with me, and I would love to hear your feedback on how to make it all work!


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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.

Comments

  1. I know exactly what you are dealing with. Earlier this year my boys started a new school, a private Christian school, one that we weren’t sure we could afford, but we felt led to send them there. So far, the money has been there every single month (God’s doing). I was also offered a chance to work in the cafeteria for a very small discount one day a week, so I jumped on it, and I really enjoy it. A few months ago I was approached about working in the office (which is my ideal place to be working), so I jumped on that! Next year I’m going to be working more hours and I’m super nervous about sending my baby (who will be 3) to preschool b/c I typically wait until they are 4, but I think it will help since I will be in the building with them. Maybe it would be easier for you if your children were in the school you were working in? Our school has been super great at working with me if I don’t have a sitter and one has to tag along when I have kitchen duty or something. Sorry to make this so long! Congrats on the new job! 🙂