This year I have officially become the "School Mom I knew I would become".
In years past I barely set foot in the school because I always had my little Johnny and who wants to chase a baby/toddler/preschooler around the classroom during storytime? Life was super busy between entertaining my little buddy and also freelancing as much as possible.
Well, for the first time in 8 years, I actually have full entire days to myself. Both kids are in school, and though I'm busy with unpacking our new house and freelancing, there's still a lot of free time. Of course there are days where I fit in a manicure or read a book for a couple hours.
But, my time is fleeting. In about 10 weeks, my life will take on a whole new craziness when our little girl arrives. I want to make the most of these days and do things I know won't be possible when baby comes.
So, I've been spending most of my days at the elementary school. I volunteer at the library and make copies for the teachers. I read books to Johnny's class at storytime and I volunteer as the mom helper in Julie's class during science lab and social studies projects.
I'm at the school so much that I actually know every child's name in both classes. If you look at the class list of names, that's pretty impressive. Trust me.
And the other day a little girl asked me "Why are you here so much?"
I probably should have been embarrassed. But, I just smiled and said "Because I like you guys."
She then wanted to sit next to me for the rest of the day.
Besides, who can resist this face all excited to see his Mommy at school? Now, that's time well spent if you ask me.