Hi and happy October! How was your weekend? Ours was really nice. Friday we went apple picking at Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC. Mema joined us and we all had lunch together, too. It felt like a great way to kick off the new month!
On Saturday Kaitlyn had her first Tae Kwon Do tournament and it was so much fun. She was giddy about it. TKD has really become on of her favorite activities, and I was so proud watching her get up by herself to perform her sequence. I held my breath a little watching her spar, but she did so well! It’s the coolest thing in the world to watch your kids do something they love.
In the afternoon we hung out with friends, watched football (it’s a fun year to be a Georgia fan so far!), and played Monopoly Deal. A nice little Saturday.
I was looking forward to sleeping in today, but my eyes popped open at 4:00 AM. I tried to go back to sleep for about 30 minutes before giving in and getting up.
I wandered to the kitchen where I saw the avocados were ripe, but knowing we didn’t have any bread I decided to pull out my favorite kitchen appliance, the bread machine. I googled a basic bread recipe and even though it takes just shy of 4 hours to mix and bake, I figured it would still be ready by the time the kids got up. Even though the machine does all the work, it makes me feel quite like Caroline Ingalls knowing I have bread baking in the kitchen.
I checked in on my Aerogarden (a birthday gift that I’m really enjoying), then made tea and sat in our new chair that was just delivered (that doesn’t have a permanent home yet, since we are still at least a month out from the couches and rug being delivered).
I started scrolling my phone, which made me think about how I want to read more and scroll less. I decided to look up books to reserve at the library but don’t really know where to start since I always choose self development style books (currently listening to Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life).
I want to have a book around more for two reasons: to keep me away from mindless scrolling and for the kids to see me with a physical book (not always just audio).
This thinking pushed me to consider what other goals I’d like to set for myself, and realizing that it’s the beginning of a new month felt like the perfect opportunity to write some down.
Ah, nothing like some vague goals, right? Maybe I should label them intentions. Either way, it felt good to see them in writing.
Because I love nothing more than a challenge for myself, I decided to really focus in on them this month. After all, October is one of my most favorite months. Fall weather starts rolling in of course, but it’s also full of the pre-holiday buzz, and it just has a great energy to it.
How can I keep myself accountable to these, I wondered? Shoot, let’s blog about it!
So, that’s what I’m going to do. Daily blogging (I might skip the weekends) for this month, old school style. Just stream of consciousness, recording whatever we’re up to or whatever is going through my head. I’m excited about it!
- Download Headspace (a meditation app I hear good things about)
- Choose a novel and reserve it at the library
- Make the girls’ charts for the week (I’ve been adding in a daily walk/jog for us which gets us outside in the mornings and gets our blood pumping)
- Go defrost the ground turkey. I’m making this delicious fall chicken chili for dinner and might try to make it before we head to Hailey’s soccer game so if I’m exhausted from my early wake up, I can bum and watch Halloween movies with the kids this afternoon.