This past week was Freedom Week at the elementary school. There were dress-up days each day, but I think I only got pictures of a couple of the days. There were a few days that I had meetings after school and Abigail was a trooper on the days that I wasn’t able to get someone to watch her. One of those days, I let her watch YouTube on my phone. Later that day, I opened up my Photos to look for something else and I discovered a few selfies she had taken, haha. Our week was pretty typical outside of that. Paul even squeezed in a home project on Saturday: a cabinet for our bathroom. It’s hard to believe we only have one more week until we launch into October!
We’re getting to the point in September where I’m just kind of over the heat and start looking forward to what Abigail calls “spooky season”. She takes after me and loves this time of year that starts with Halloween and rounds out after Christmas. It seems like the temperatures are finally taking a dip (albeit a very slight one). Even though the afternoons are still toasty, the mornings and evenings are a bit more bearable. Here’s to hoping they dip even more as we get closer to October! As for what we accomplished this week, it was a pretty typical week. Paul went to work, I went to work, and the kids went to school. Abigail is getting pretty good about not getting into mischief after school while she hangs out in my classroom as I prep for the next day. Joseph has been a trooper about walking to and from school (especially from, since that is often the warmest part of the day), and we are so grateful for the long hours and hard work that Paul puts into his job in order to support our family; not to mention the time he spends at home, making our yards beautiful and our home nice. Paul and I did go out to eat with friends yesterday to celebrate his birthday (which is today). It was nice to have adult conversation, but it was also nice to get back to our sweet kiddos. We have built a nice little life here and I love it!
I think we’re slowly getting into the swing of things getting back into our back-to-school routines. I Our first week back, I was exhausted. I was also pulling rather late nights at work; usually not getting home until close to six. This past week, I was able to be home before five every day, and that was really nice. I hope to continue it. I’m also trying to be more mindful of trying to only do at work what I have to do at work. If there’s other stuff that I can bring home, I try to do that. That way, even though I’m still working, at least I’m at home. I’m also trying to keep on top of my grading and entering things into the grade book so that I don’t have a ton of that stuff piling up (it’s probably the easiest thing to fall behind on). It was really nice, this past week, to have a three-day weekend. I spent Monday grocery shopping, grading, and getting myself prepped for the week. I also decorated for fall, since I know I will have less time when the actual official start to fall occurs (which is…September 23rd, I think). It’s much easier to do it over a holiday weekend! Also, I keep my decorations pretty simple because, well, it’s always more fun to put things up than to have to take them down. I see pictures of rooms beautifully decorated for the different holidays or seasons and I can’t help but think that while it’s beautiful, it seems like way more effort than I’m willing to devote to the cause. Easy up and easy down! The rest of the week was spent doing what we do during the majority of the year: work, school, and down time when we could squeeze it in. It’s hard to believe that September is already a third of the way gone. I suppose staying busy makes time seem to pass more rapidly. Here’s to hopefully heading into cooler weather finally (we’re only supposed to hit the upper 90s for the first part of the week and then dip down into the lower 90s right at the end…we’ll see if that happens)!