September Recap and Update
September was sort of the reverse of March, it came in like a lamb and it’s heading out like a lion. It’s been a weird month for us. I feel weird writing the September recap post when we’re only starting our second week of school… very bizarre. After 11 years of shuttling kids to and from school, after 11 years of school always starting the day after Labour Day, I’m having a hard time adjusting my internal clock to match the calendar. But whether my internal clock is on time or not doesn’t stop the end of the month from coming.
It was a pretty quiet month around the blog. That was not intentional, that was life rearing it’s ugly head. As many of you know, the school year started really late for us. Our first day should have been the 2nd, however due to too many issues to name here it was delayed three weeks, and we didn’t start until the 22nd. (weird, I just noticed they’re both seconds…. huh… but I digress). The postponement of the start of school was a little bit of cause for concern for us, which I talked about in my Education Conundrum post.
Thank you so much to all of you who reached out, whether you were offer encouragement or advice, each and every comment, email and reach out on social media meant the world to me and our family. You all helped me feel like I could handle anything the situation could throw at me, and I cannot thank you enough for that. I have said it before, and I will keep saying it over, and over again, you gals (and guys) are the BEST!
As part of the Emergency Preparedness series I shared a topic near and dear to my heart. When people talk about being prepared for an emergency, often times they are thinking of things like earth quakes, hurricanes, blizzards, ice-storm, floods, forest fires, and other large-scale, natural disasters. But the truth is, most of us are more likely to experience a house fire than a natural disaster. They happen in any season, and start for many, different reasons. It was important for me to talk about what we can do to be prepared in case we ever find ourselves in a house fire.
We celebrated a HUGE family milestone this year. My oldest turned 16, and I still get teary-eyed thinking about it. No matter how much I wish I could slow time down and just enjoy a few more moments, for just a little longer… time still marches on. I know so many people say “Enjoy every moment, they’re not young forever” and I know it is easy to think those people are nuts, especially when you are up to eyeballs in toddler toys, legos, dirty diaper and the lot; or worn down by the tantrums, the ‘I’m not going to listen to you’ stage, and all the other stuff… but it’s true. Treasure the moments, the good and the bad, because I promise you, one day you will blink and they will be 16 and almost an adult and you will think back fondly on those moments, and maybe even, in a small way, wish you could have some of those moments again.
I had some fun answering one of the most asked questions from you guys, and gave you guys a peak at the program I use to make the printables. At the end of that post I mentioned that I was originally going to put it all into a video, and I asked for you opinion on whether or not you wanted a video post… well the answer is in, and it was a resounding YES! So, I’ve been working hard to figure out how to make and post a video. It’s been a bit of a learning curve for me, even something as simple as how quickly I move my mouse needs careful thought. But, the video is in the works, so stay tuned for that one.
As I mentioned above, school started on the 22nd. Thank goodness, because I don’t think I was doing so well on the home-school thing. Though, with the start of school we’ve had a few challenges, like having to actually get up to my alarm; actually having to make sure the boys get to bed on time; oh and my favourite, having to make sure dinner happens early enough to accommodate bath time before bed time. (Well for Liam at least) Though I grumble, I am very thankful that school is back in session, and I am very thankful that I have a school morning survival strategy, in place to help me get us to the school before the bell rings. I’m so thankful for this, I shared my Top 10 Tips for Surviving School Day Mornings. (Ok, there are 11 tips, but I couldn’t leave out number 11, I think it’s an important one)
And that concludes the recap for September. Normally this is where I start talking about all the plans I have for the following month, however, dear friends, this is where I’m going to leave you. I’ve got something big planned for October, but I cannot tell you about it yet. shhh…. it’s a secret! I’ll be back either tomorrow or Wednesday to fill you all in. I’m not sure I’m allowed to tell you early…. but I promise it will be FUN!
Was September a good month for you? What’s your fondest memory of this month?
P.S. If there is a printable you would love to see tweaked or changed in some way…. or maybe one you wish I would make, now is the BEST time to leave me a comment or sending me an email telling me about. You know, just on the off chance I might have something up my sleeve, printable wise, for a certain upcoming month…. just saying… 😉