Back in September, just prior to Jack being born, my boss let me know that after this school year - since the girls were getting older - they would no longer be needing a nanny. I know this was to be expected: I started when the girls were five and two, and they're now heading into second grade and middle school (!!!), and my hours have dwindled down over the years from full-time to part-time, but it still shook my soul to think of not being with them every day. Even as I write this, I feel the familiar twitch of my lip and burn in my eyes that indicates I'm just seconds away from a nervous breakdown, so I'll sum up the last nine months by saying I'm really fantastic at denial, and used that technique to get through until yesterday, when I had a complete, pull over on the side of the road because I can't see through my tears or breathe through my sobs type of nervous breakdown. Luckily, I'm about as good at picking myself up as I am at breaking myself down, so I wallowed last night, and then woke up this morning to this lovely and beautiful fact:
For the next several months, I am a stay-at-home mom!
In the fall, I'll head back to my second job a mere ten hours per week (unless I decide to get a second job to supplement, which I'm looking into currently), but until the end of August, we're unencumbered by the to-dos and schedules of another family. There is an endless world of possibilities ahead of me, and I refuse to dwell on my sadness and miss out on this great gift! So expect to see a lot of new adventures this summer, from day trips to Houston to exploring new places in our city.
So, tell me: what are your favorite day trips near Austin? What's on your summer bucket list? I'm all ears!