Well, okay – not so big, because chances are that if you are reading this, you are friends with me on Facebook or follow me on Instagram and already heard it. But in case you haven’t heard: I have resigned from my part time clinical dietitian position and my last day is July 24th!
Thanks to my hard working husband getting a fabulous promotion and my online nutrition and fitness coaching business – I’m able to quit my job and stay at home with the boys. I can’t even BELIEVE it! I’ve always wanted to be a stay at home mom, but had pretty much accepted that this was not going to be my reality. I was okay with working part time and so thankful that my Mom could watch the boys so I never had to put a baby or toddler in day care, but I want to be the one raising my kids full time. And while I’ve always been grateful that my job helped us be able to afford our house and cars and pay the bills – the dynamics of my department have become particularly stressful in the past one to two years and I just desire to get away from that negative environment and source of stress.
So, come July 25th, I’ll be able to focus more on the boys – I get to be the one to wake them up for school every day, I will be able to go on field trips, I will have more time to teach L at home to prepare him for Kindergarten next year, I can volunteer more at church, and I will be able to spend more time on my coaching business and helping others to improve their health through fitness and nutrition. I’m so excited!
Because I’m resigning, I have some paid time off available to use and I decided to take two days off a couple weeks ago and took the kids to the seashore for a few days. For two of those days it was just me and the boys, and we did great! I was able to take them all to the beach and to the boardwalk on my own. Everyone behaved (for the most part) and had fun. It felt really good to look at my 4 boys playing on the beach with good behavior, and think back to two summers ago when I felt like things couldn’t possibly be worse.
I even got the boys to cooperate with dressing nice for beach photos. We intended to do this as a Father’s Day gift without MJM’s knowledge, but then I forgot my camera battery charger and so we had to wait for MJM to arrive with the battery charger so that I could charge the camera battery and take the pictures. And then, the older boys refused to cooperate with the photo shoot when I planned to do it, so they wound up being disciplined and they changed their tune the next day. So, it didn’t go as smoothly as I had hoped, but I got the pictures and MJM got his Father’s Day gift.
Here was our best shot, that I ordered as a canvas print for MJM’s office:
And here are the rest: many are outtakes, but I did get a few nice pictures of the boys. I’m so looking forward to the next time I can take the boys to the shore! Just a few more weeks of work, and then a new chapter begins!