I've also been thinking a little about what I might like to do when I *do* go back to work. Right now the plan is that we will have one more child and when he/she is about 2 years old I will return to work. At that point I can either A) go back to being a school psychologist--which means decent money and summers off, but lots of work headaches and the fact that I don't enjoy the job....or B) Try to find something different outside the home, like maybe working at a group home for troubled kids (I did this back in college and it was my favorite job ever)--problem is that there aren't really high paying gigs at places like that and it'd probably be silly for me to work a job so "beneath" me pay wise....or C) come up with a paying gig I can do from home. Right now I would love, love, love to do option C!!! I have had a taste of being home and "Self employeed" and I just don't know how I"ll ever go back to "working for the man" haha. However, my Etsy shop would have to seriously take off (unlikely) for me to make enough money doing that full time. Another option I've tossed around is doing some type of daycare, but we all remember how that went when I watched the twins for 6 weeks LOL. However I've been thinking that if I could do daycare and be very picky (only watch teachers' kids so I still have my summer's off, only watch kids age 1-4 so that we can still do fieldtips and I can do preschool type activities etc) then I might enjoy that I think. I've been having so much fun planning activities for Raya and I love being a "teacher". That's one of the reasons I wanted to do school psychology, because I really thought I'd get to do more "teachery" type things, but alas you don't. I would never want to go back to school to become an elementary teacher though b/c I don't like the politics of working in public schools--it would take the fun out of it for me. But planning my own activities and running my own little inhome preschool/daycare sounds really fun to me right now!!! I've figured out that a lot of the reasons why I didn't always enjoy watching the twins was because I wasn't prepared or set up for daycare AT.ALL. at that time. And also at the time I thought that I would rather stay home with just my kids, rather than have to do daycare...but if the choice is between working outside the home and doing some type of daycare I think daycare sounds great again lol. We'll see....tossing ideas around and I have awhile to think still!!!!
We've certainly got a good start on the toys required for a preschool/daycare though---here we were this morning playing bubbles in the playroom. Raya LOVES bubbles!
So super fun :-)
I wish Raya was more cooperative for pictures!
So today's Tot School activity was an idea I got from my good friend Pinterest hehe :-) I took colored popsicle sticks and traced them onto paper plates to create basic shapes--then colored in my outlines....and viola! Homemade puzzles, as well as a color matching game :-)
Raya seemed to enjoy the activity, but true to being 2 she only maintained attention for about 5 minutes :-)
Lastly, today Brielle wore the third and final new outfit from Grandma! I decided to have her wear a different headband though, so as not to repeat the tulle headbands 3 days in a row. She looked adorable...thanks Grandma!
Mirror, Mirror, on the wall...
"Oh yeah, of course it's me!"
"See ya tomorrow for more cuteness! I'll try to get Mama to keep her rambling to a minimum. I have my 6 month professional pics tomorrow too!
And hey, you there....have you started following my Mama's blog yet? NO!?! Well go do it right now!! All the cool kids are doing it..."