OK, so it's finally happened - I've officially gone back to work full time. I started working a little over a month ago for a company called Cypress Care. I am processing Worker's Compensation claims; coordinating whatever is determined necessary for someone's recovery from an injury sustained at work - ordering things like walkers, wheelchairs, muscle stimulators, etc and then making sure the patient receives the item(s). It's been OK, quite different from being a stay-at-home mom. I'm still able to get D on the school bus in the mornings and drop E off at school on the days she goes. I have a friend who keeps E for me on the days she doesn't have school. She also picks her up and keeps her after school until either my mom or Darrell can pick her up on their way home from work. D just comes home on the bus and stays with my dad in the afternoon. So far, things seem to be working out well with our arrangements. The most difficult thing has been not being able to be with my family during the afternoon/evening time. I work from 11am to 8pm, so the kids are usually in bed by the time I get home after work. This summer will be real interesting - the kids will go to my sister's house for at least a couple of weeks, they'll be going to VBS at 2 or 3 different churches and they'll be going to camp again like they did last year. In addition to these activities, we have several people who are going to help out with childcare. Thankfully, I won't have to use a daycare center.
Well, I've got to get E over to the babysitter's house early today - they are going to pick strawberries this morning out at Washington Farms. YUM!!