It’s September! How did that happen so quickly?
Today, we’re enjoying Dave’s very last day at home before school starts up, bright and early tomorrow morning.
I think Dave and I are (mostly) ready to be back in a more regular routine again… but I can’t tell you how fabulous it was to be home together for the entire summer.
Each summer, as we add more children and as our children get older, it’s harder and harder to be excited about Dave going back to school for another 9 months. He loves his job (and he’s really good at it) so that’s great, but it sure is nice to have another set of hands around here during the day!
There were a few weeks of crazy hot temperatures, but the majority of the summer was extremely mild — which was fabulous for all the yard work we did and for playing outside with little kids.
Dave had several meetings last week and was usually gone by the time Nora woke up. She’s already struggling with why her dad can’t be home all day with her anymore — and you should have seen the HUGE smile Simon gave Dave when he got home from his first long day of meetings. He reached out his chubby little arms towards Dave and gave him a big slobbery kiss!
Although many of our friends are also on the “school schedule” with everyone home all day during the summer, I definitely DO know how ‘spoiled’ we are. Dave could make A LOT more money doing so many other jobs — but the fact that he loves his job, he loves his school, and he has the summers off more than makes up for the smaller paycheck.
Even though it might not seem like we truly take advantage of our summer days (we rarely go on any vacations or do anything outside our neighborhood) we really have tried to soak up this time together at home.
There will most likely be a time when Dave has some sort of summer job, there will be a time when our kids don’t think it’s the most fun ever to hang out with mom and dad all day, and there will be a time when everyone is old enough to do their own things and live their own lives.
But for now, for one last day this summer, we’re all together ALL DAY LONG. Going for walks, playing outside, eating 3 meals a day at our kitchen table, and snuggling together on the couch (per Nora’s daily request).
I’m beyond grateful for our summer days together as a work-from-home-mom and Christian school teacher dad. We have made sacrifices to make this lifestyle work for us, but I’m so happy we did.
Obviously, this type of schedule would not work for every family, but for Dave and my slightly introverted personalities… it’s just perfect!
Happy Labor Day to those of you in the U.S. and happy last day of summer for most of the schools in our area!