Growing up - I wanted to be a mom. It's all I have ever REALLY wanted to be. When Julien was born, I cherished the time I had at home with him. When he was 14 mths old, I went back to work a couple of days a month. I ended up working a few days a week, and continued that pattern until late in my pregnancy with Kyle.
Being home definitely has it's ups and downs. I LOVE that I get to spend the time with my kids; being able to witness the majority of their firsts is something that I treasure.
Then, there are the days where they drive me to rip out my hair. There are days where I would love to run away and go back to work full time (well, not really but in these instances it seems like a vacation!)
My house is never clean; my kids are often dirty; but they have fun and that's what matters. Helping to create the happy memories that I hope they will have - is what makes me stay home. I can clean my house when the kids are old enough to not mess it up as I go!