I’m pretending all the days leading up to Labor Day are still August. Mostly because September feels like the time when all kinds of things change. And I’m only 82% ready for those changes.
Grace starts preschool next week, which means we’ll have a new routine to follow (and lunches to pack), along with a bit more structure to our days. Structure sort of thrills me… so there’s that. Meanwhile, she’s really excited to see her friends, “do letters” and be a good listener. While she’s doing her thing three days a week, baby Nick and I will have some one-on-one time (and I’m hoping I’ll, like… maybe get the laundry done).
Before I left my career to be home with the babes, my work life revolved around the academic calendar (minus the cool stuff like summer and holiday and February and April vacations), so it feels sort of natural to be back on that track.
At the same time, I’m holding onto summer for dear life and hoping we get at least a few beach days in before September is over and I skip straight to Christmas time (you know how I feel about Halloween and fall colors and wool sweaters and hay and stuff like that… no thanks).
So this month’s calendar is an attempt to savor these warm days and ocean views before we need to do things like wear pants. And roll our eyes at anything pumpkin spiced. Please note that I finally wised up to the fact that I can’t paint numbers in a straight line, fired myself from that part of the job, and replaced myself with a
robot computer. The end is near.
SEPTEMBER GOALS + A PRINTABLE CALENDAR
Materials used: Cold pressed watercolor paper, Winsor and Newton professional watercolors (tubes), round brushes (sizes 2, 6, 10), liquid gold gilding (so fancy)
Health + wellness
- Keep up with a regular self care routine: This sounds super woo-woo, but whatever. I’ve been making an effort to do little things for myself here and there, and I think these little things are making a big difference. For example, two Fridays in a row, I took a nice salt soak after the babes went to sleep. I’ve decided adults should have bath time too. Why let the kids have all the fun? I have more ideas for easy ways to incorporate self-care, but that’s a different
can of worms(gross expression, sorry) post altogether.
- 4+ workouts/week
- Meal plan and prep on the weekends
- Register for 2+ fall races
- Incorporate more yoga… ’tis National Yoga Month, after all!
- Spend as much time as possible with our new + perfect nephew
- Super fun date night
- Make a list of fall-ish family adventures
- Playdates! We haven’t seen some of our favorite friends in far too long.
- Finalize plans for baby Nick’s baptism in October
- Keep better track of the amazing things Grace says on any given day (I recently overheard her asking Clark if he wanted a kitten… and if he did, she would ask me, since he can’t talk… and that I might say no, but then I’d say yes… whaaaaat?)
- Re-start The Artist’s Way
- Get my hair cut, colored + straightened (I accidentally haven’t had a hair appointment since May… so I am basically more poodle than human)… priorities, people
- Donate/share all the clothes both babes seem to have outgrown over night
- Do some important research about when the new emojis will show up on my phone
Let’s have a lovely month, my friends.
Also On Tap for Today:
- Making stuff with Meyer lemons
- From the NYT: Why You’re Bad at Small Talk
- Cannot relate: 18 Euphoric Experiences for People Obsessed with Fall from BuzzFeed
What are you most looking forward to this month?