Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring Broke

This is going to sound weird, especially coming from me, but I am soooo ready to be back at school this coming week.

In reality, spring break was not a break at all. It was more work than taming a classroom full of preteens. I'm not saying that I'm not cut out to be a stay at home mom, but if I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it whole hog, and not just a week here or there. Oi! And when a girl has things to do, it is much easier to do them without toting one or two babies around. God bless stay at home moms and single parents everywhere!

One thing I did accomplish this week was to get around to visit some area daycares with my friend M from work. We haven't decided what we will be doing with the girls (see, I did it again), er..the Babies Beaver during next school year. The whole mortgage thing is almost a given that I will be working for the next 15 years at least (but hey, that should be enough to retire in AL!). Can I just say a couple of things about the state of daycare today: 1) It's overpriced. 2) The "good" daycares are on the other side of town, and I'm being generous putting good in quotation marks. 3) I should probably start my own daycare and make as much money as I do teaching middle school. All in all, I am disheartened by what I found, the state of facilities and that attitudes of workers. I am disheartened by the costs--it will be about equal to a mortgage payment to put both babies somewhere. (We're not having any more children until the first two are in FREE public school, just for the record. I haven't discussed this with Eli, but it seems the only reasonable thing to do...haha.)

On a totally different topic, our deacons at church are starting to use a couple of Sunday afternoons a month to complete service/ministry projects. Today, Elsie and I got to tag along with a group of church members to visit a widow from our church. Her husband, a doctor, died last fall. This particular couple has always piqued my interest because they are D & B Griffith, with the same names as my aunt and uncle in Ohio. Freaked me out the first time they were on the prayer list for medical concerns. Miss B is not doing very well now that her husband is gone. But she was very talkative and loved having the children there with "all the young people." I'm glad we went, but when we left I told Eli that if he dies before me, some 60 years from now, that I would be terribly and utterly grieved by his loss, but God willing, I hoped I would be able to go on until it was my time to join him. It was very sad being there, but we tried to help. We cooked lunch, and while some of us sat around chatting with Miss B, others of us tried to clean up her kitchen, do some dishes, dispose of trash, etc.

Now, we're home, are fully napped, and I fixed the mic on Skype and I need to finish my grades before I go back to school tomorrow.


1 comment:

Craig-Jen said...

yo. Daycare sucks. We priced it out, too. The "good" ones were EXPENSIVE and you HAD to pay for full time enrollment whether or not you used it, thus me not putting Madeline in daycare and hiring a nanny 2 days a week. It just didn't make sense to me. I hear you on the daycare from your home. It's crazy how much it costs...when #2 comes around for us, I think I'm going to have to stay home. We'll see. I AM already home, but it would be different.