Every day something will happen and I will think "I'm so glad I'm not pregnant right now and I have Brynlee". Also, something else will make me think "I am so glad I am at home, not working this year!" I have been so much more available emtionally, physically, and mentally to my girls. Monday after school Kaylie and I went for a quick walk around the block and she told me all about her day! (That would not have happened last year for multiple reasons: I was pregnant, the weather was always hot, Kaylie wouldn't have remembered anything to tell me, I would have been working, etc.
Of course, staying at home is also challenging. I often wonder how I got everything done while I was working because I am so BUSY! I'm always cleaning, hauling Kaylie to and from the bus, feeding the baby, feeding Myla, cleaning up some more, going to church, grocery shopping, it goes on and on.
One of the biggest challenges has obviously been finances. I have been working hard to use coupons, shop wisely, not shop, use our food wisely, etc. Also, I made my own laundry detergent! It was a lot easier than I thought, but I did make the dry kind. It doesn't look like anything special and it doesn't seem to do anything when you add it to the water in the machine. But, how much of suds that are created by store bought detergent are just to make us feel like the soap is really working well? Honestly, the only differences I can tell so far is that the clothes don't have a strong, pretty smell when they come out (which there are recipes for detergent that can give you that) and I am saving a ton of money. I guess time will tell if I need to try a different recipe or if the dry one works.