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Boca Grande Beach Picture

This is a new kind of post I hope to be sharing more often on MBA. I’m calling it Sunday Funday, and I’d like to share with you a little more about what’s going on with my family while I bake up delicious treats.

Two weeks ago, I made one of the biggest decisions of my life. It’s pretty major, and I honestly couldn’t be more excited about it.

After teaching special education for 11 years, I decided to not renew my contract for the upcoming school year. This is a decision that I’ve agonized over for the past two years, but being able to spend all day, every day with Elle for the month of June made me realize that my place was at home with her – full time. Numerous pep talks from Eric and Amber didn’t hurt either.

It was one of those decisions where the outcome was certain from the get-go, even though I wavered back and forth for months. Each time Eric would ask me how sure I was – the percentage would increase just a tad. Going from 50% to 99.9% to 1000% over the month of June.

I’m so incredibly grateful that this little blog, started on a whim, just over 6 years ago, has given me the opportunity to do something that I absolutely love while working from home. And it’s a pretty awesome feeling to know that I will won’t have to set an alarm for ridiculous o’clock ever again. Unless you count the natural alarm clock that is Elle.

This means My Baking Addiction is now my full-time job – eeeek! It’s scary and super exciting all at the same time. And I am so thankful to each of you that stops by here on a regular basis. Things around here won’t change much, they’ll just get a little more consistent, and hopefully I’ll be able to share a little more of our lives with you guys!

We decided to celebrate my new full time gig with a vacation to Boca Grande, Florida. We actually had it planned already, but what better way to celebrate than with a week at the beach? I’ll share more of our vacation with you in coming weeks, so stay tuned. It’s one of the most beautiful places I can think of to vacation.

Boca Grande Beach Image
This little babe got to dip her toes into the ocean for the first time and she loved every single second of it!

Nakomis Beach Picture
How’s this for a sunset?!

Thank you again, for helping me to make MBA what it is today. There’s much more to come!

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  1. Katie @ The Surly Housewife says:

    Good for you!! Congrats and enjoy that baby girl!!

  2. Kate says:

    How exciting! Love your site and so happy for you! I’m a teacher as well and had my first baby this past November and I have LOVED being home with him every day as well. I am dreading going back to work next month, but I just keep telling myself that next to being a stay at home mom, a teacher is the next best thing with our days off and vacations. Enjoy being home with your baby girl and I can’t wait to see what comes next for My Baking Addiction!! :)

  3. Michelle says:

    We LOVE Boca! It’s so peaceful. Hope you Elle is loving all of the beautiful shells! Take care!

  4. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup says:

    I couldn’t be happier for you. I’m sure that your students will miss you, but you will never regret staying home to be a mommy. Looking forward to seeing the blog grow!

  5. Andi Cacciatore says:

    The very best for you and for your sweet baby!! I wouldn’t trade any career for the baby & toddler years spent with my now grown up kiddos!
    Happy to see Elle had her first ocean experience here in Florida, my home state :)
    Looking forward to your yummiest posts and your Sunday Fundays! We should all have them and then compare them with yours!

  6. Erin R. says:

    Yay! Very exciting! You can’t do things in life before you’re ready, and the fact that you have realized you are 1000% ready means this is absolutely the right decision at the right time. You will never be sorry. And high five on the great vacation, too.

  7. Pam says:

    I am a mother of three and grandmother of three boys! I love when I hear stories like yours. Enjoy your baby girl. She is definitely worth your decision!