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Working Mom

The phrase "working mother" is redundant. ~Jane Sellman

After 12 wonderful weeks off I return to work today. I won't ever get this time back and I've loved every moment of it. I am ever so thankful that I got to spend the time I have with Cameron and that I am returning to a job that I love. I've missed being in the classroom and getting some daily adult interaction and my own routine. I know that it makes me a much better mother to my kids that I work. It obviously also allows us to provide for them what we want to as well. It is hard to be away from the boys, but I've got a great caretaker that loves them just as much as I do.

I can't say it will be easy, and in fact I think I was more ready to go back after Alex than I am now. However, I am just dipping in my foot before the end of school will be here. Six weeks is all it is and 3 of those weeks are shortened and I lose half my classes in about 4 weeks. I'll be soaking up the summer sun and running around with the kids before I know it.

And of course, the posts might get a little more spaced out while I play catch up at work.


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