I have a confession to make. Never in my 32 years on earth have I wanted summer to last longer. I'm not a summer person. I like cold weather, layers and staying out of the heat, so by July 1, I'm always ready for summer to end and fall to begin. But this summer...this summer has been the best summer.
We haven't gone on vacation, we haven't done anything elaborate...it's been the best summer because I know that come September 1, my baby girl won't be home in my house any more during the day, she'll be at school. And that makes me want summer to last forever.
I know she's going to love it. I know it's going to be a fun and exciting new chapter for our family. I know. But I'm still sad. I love having her home. I love hearing her play in her room, I love seeing her cuddled up during her rest time, I love baking and cooking with her during the afternoon, I love talking to her in the car as we run errands, I love how sweet and innocent and precious she is...and I'm going to miss having all of that around during the day.
So needless to say, I am really, really, really going to soak up this last month. This last month that we're not a slave to a school calendar, this last month when she can sleep late, this last month of spending all day, every day with my sweet girl, this last month with her in my house during the week.
And let's be honest, I've always said September 1 is my second favorite day of the year (December 24 is my favorite) (I love December 24 because I think it's even better than Christmas Day...it's that fun anticipation with family!), so next month, I will be super pumped, totally excited and completely thrilled that it's fall...and there will be not one trace of sadness in those goals :).
So, how did I do with my July goals????
Pretty good! I read two great books: Angie Smith's I Will Carry You and Let's All Be Brave by Annie Downs. It had been several years since I had read Angie's book and I'm so glad I re-read it! It's deep but very powerful. And you already know how I feel about Annie's book. I love it. Love, love, love it!
I shared with you my great hair mask experiment...the results are here. :)
We made homemade ice cream 2 times instead of three. Once we made it with M&Ms and the second time with Golden Oreos. I need to post the recipes on Mix and Match Mama for you soon!
We hosted 4 different groups of people over! Nothing fancy, mostly patio entertaining but fun nonetheless. I love sharing a meal and chatting with people in my home (or theirs!). Nothing is more personal than breaking bread with others in the coziness of your house.
I took down the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for Christmas gifts! If you haven't started shopping yet, you have just a few more days left to get some killer deals!
So what's on tap for this month? Here you go...
1. Read 2 more books
Listen, I guess I just needed to write it down in order to achieve it. As a mom of small kiddos, I totally put book reading on the back-burner over the last few years but since I've started making it a goal, I'm actually doing it. I'm not sure yet what I'm going to read...but I'm going to read two more books :).
2. Pin some creative "back to school" ideas and lunch box recipes
Back to school is happening this month...so, I need to get my hiney into gear. I created a Back to School board on Pinterest and I'm trying to find some creative and fun ideas to make this year really special (plus, I want Kensington to have a fun lunch box each day...so I need to pin that stuff as well).
3. Clean out Kensington's closet and get it school ready
If we're going to be up and out the door early each morning, Kensington's closet needs to be organized and cleaned out a bit. I'll do her closet this month and maybe Smith's in September? Exciting stuff people.
4. Learn how to use 6 new oils
I have oils. Listen, I am the least homeopathic/all natural/organic person in the world but my friend Jeni has been telling me how much I will love incorporating some oils into our life...so I bought some. I also have two books to help me properly use said oils...and that makes things a wee overwhelming. I'm going to concentrate on six of the oils this month and see how they work for us. I think trying to focus on a few of them rather than all of them will make things simpler for us. I'll keep you posted on my oil experiment...and if you have any oil tips, I'd be happy to have them!
5. Plan Kensington's 6th Birthday!
My baby will be 6 in September, so I need to start thinking about her party. I love planning my kiddos parties!!
6. Decorate house for fall!!
I don't really decorate for Halloween exactly...just fall in general, so toward the end of August, it will be time to do that!! I love getting my pumpkins and leaves out. I used to think you could only decorate for fall in October but then I realized one year...if it makes us happy to look at pumpkins at the end of August, then I should put them out. (This theory also works well when we're putting Christmas trees out mid-November...)
On Monday, it's Pin-spired! I'm dedicating the entire post to one thing. Hmmmm...what could that be????
Happy Friday friends! Don't forget to swing by Mix and Match Mama for a yummy supper recipe...
...my Turkey & Spinach Lazy Lasagna! A simple little supper for those of you who love ground turkey.
And this weekend is the end of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Prices go up on Monday. If you haven't wrapped up your shopping yet, today is the day!