It’s that time of year. Activities. Fall fests. Birthday parties. Preschool goings-on. Memories to be made!
We’re so focused on what’s next. Sharing dates and activities with the family, writing the on the calendar – making sure you show up on time! It’s all so fun and exciting. But sometimes we can become so fixated on scheduling that next big thing and looking forward to that next event that we miss out on the real-time memories. I myself am likely a regular offender.
Let’s not do that.
Instead, let’s soak up each fall day in its tiny little details. Let’s smell the fires roasting, hear the leaves cracking and feel the air turning crisp. Let’s laugh DEEPLY and run wildly.
Over these past few weeks, Sawyer learned to swing BY HIMSELF. After sitting on my lap all these years (causing me motion sickness and anxiety that I’d fall off the swing taking him with me!), he is a regular old pro.
All it took was a playdate with preschool friends and the want to “be like the big kids.”
We spent almost an hour yesterday at the park finessing our new learned skill. It was close to dinnertime, butting up to the NEXT ACTIVITY. But we kept swinging. I started calculated when I could expect his next meltdown (due to no nap that day) and realized we were getting uncomfortably close to that time block. But we kept swinging. Faster, mommy! Faster!
I breathed deeply. Laughed loudly. Soaked it in.
And kept swinging.
I know I told you my next post would be a Montreal update. It will be. After this one.
My photos are spread over multiple devices, which requires all of five more minutes of additional effort on my part. Which has, quite frankly, been impossible to find.
I may appear a bit over dramatic, but in the past 48 hours I have:
- Made four batches of playdough (from scratch, my friends) for Sawyer to take to school this week. (NEON colored!)
- Coordinated and packed up three different fresh fruit snacks for 14 children (our snack week)
- Played way too much Two Dots
- Unsuccessfully tried to put Sawyer down for a nap – twice.
- Made two trips to Pattersons for some fall fun (one resulting in a turn-around because Sawyer feel asleep in the car and I SUCCESSFULLY transferred him to his bed).
- Eaten more pizza than I care to admit
- Watched the Browns *almost* win
- Completed (and folded and put away!) six loads of laundry
- Washed my floor + toilets (with a small boy using the potty, might I remind you)
- Baked pumpkin bread for a mom hosting a playdate
- Fallen in love with the Ryan Adams album
- Listened to Weezer’s “Back to the Shack” 141 times (Sawyer’s new favorite tune)
- Gone grocery shopping. Three times.
- Thanked God for my husband, whom I love more than anything in this world.
- Meal planned! (Oh yes, we are back at it, my friends – this week includes taco salad, turkey meatballs and chicken chili)
- Failed at acquiring a Scarecrow. Twice.
- Convinced the Mister to let me throw a pumpkin painting party
- Stressed out about things that I shouldn’t be stressing out over
- Thanked God for my little family
- Watched Think like a Man Two
- Forced the Mister to watch more episodes of “Orange is the New Black”
- Counted down the days until my shows start again
- Thought about my brain rotting due to excessive TV after 8 p.m.
- Finished reading “The Husbands Secret” – SO GOOD
- Thanked God for this beautiful, little, messy and oh-so-glorious life.
Photo compliments of the super talented Amanda Adey <3
We went to Montreal. Just the two of us. Bliss. We rocked it out to Arcade Fire, took in a CFL game and ate our weight in crepes, macaroons and everything that looked tasty. T’was glorious. Full recap later this week.
Sawyer made it through two weeks of pre-school. We are still adjusting, but it is getting better every single day. And! We already have a playdate scheduled next weekend with some of his friends. #littlevictories.
-pretending to be “mini-daddy” I can’t even deal with the adorableness of this photo-
We took our first trip to Patterson’s this weekend. A Fall staple, this first trip always carries so much weight in my heart – the beginning of my favorite season! I look forward to making so many fun memories this season. Trying to soak it all in.
The Mister and I bought six doughnuts and an apple fritter as a result of our Patterson’s season commencement. Which we proceeded to eat on the car ride home. Because DONUTS. It wasn’t one of prouder moments, but a really, really delicious one.
Upon finishing our binge watches of Game of Thrones, House of Cards and True Detective, we started Orange is the New Black this weekend. SO GOOD!
Despite sounding like a coach potato, I’ve actually been doing a lot of reading! Most recent fave – The Rosie Project. So delightful.
I desperately need a haircut. Desperately.
I also never got a pedicure this summer. Time to just give it up now, right?
The Mister turned 30. I threw him a surprise bromance (only boys allowed) party and coordinated a present of the (literal!) ages. I couldn’t be more proud of myself (or the all of the gentlemen!) for keeping it a secret.
I’m turning 30 next month. You know what they tell you about your metabolism evaporating with each new wrinkle and grey hair? It’s so true. Sometimes I only eat a single granola bar for lunch in preparation for a large pizza dinner. It’s not one of my finer moment, but girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. And giving up pizza just isn’t an option. #sorrynotsorry
Honeycrisp apples are back. That is all.