Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Morning Coffee + The Last Day Of September

Hey there.
It's the last day of September and a beautiful Fall morning and there's lots to talk about today.
I think it's the perfect day for a hot cup of coffee.
I really, really wish I was on a real life coffee date this morning with a fire in the fireplace, 
chatting with my girlfriends in my pajamas on the couch....
But alas, this will have to do today.

This past weekend was a busy one.
Busy and full and good.
But Monday was just as busy with work and school and Brownies and a funeral visitation and... 
 It's hard when you come off a packed, hectic weekend right into a week that promises to
 be just the same, huh ?


I spent a great day on Sunday with the kids, just the three of us... it was a much 
needed break away from home and all the things that cause you(me) so much stress...
Laundry, messes, meals, endless piles of papers to go through.
It was so good.
We took a quick one-hour drive South to my aunt's and stayed at her house(they were gone)
and enjoyed the beautiful weather,  even better scenery + the freedom of being
a  w  a  y     from    h  o  m  e. 

It was an extra-special day because it was a Sunday and we stayed over night there,
which is definitely not our typical school night routine.
Sometimes you just have to break all of your own rules though.
And we did.
That included lunch at a tiny cafe and pizza from Casey's for supper.
We left early Monday morning, stopped for donuts and milk and the kids got to watch
The Brady Bunch all the way back home while I got to watch the sunrise.
So, so good.

This is just the "reset" I needed.
Sometimes you just have to do it... even when the timing isn't perfect and you've got a million
 other things you should be doing.

This is a big, busy week--w e have tumbling and soccer and the Fall Festival at school
and a big, BIG Birthday to celebrate. My baby boy is turning TEN on Friday.
Ten, you guys.
Somebody hold me.
And send wine.


Here's to a great week and the beginning of a new month...
my most favorite month of the year.
I'll be going through my phone and making a Flipagram video which I LOVE doing
now as a way to reflect back on the month + to remind myself of all we really
 did do over the past month.

Happy last day of September to you!

Friday, September 26, 2014

My Week In Little Bitty Instagrams

A little look into my week via Instagram.
I am lucky13amy on Instagram.
If you're on IG and I'm not following you already, let me know.

Once again, I'm so very thankful it's Friday and so ready for the weekend... 
No doubt the weekends take on a whole new meaning once you are working outside the home again.


Charlotte started tumbling last week, which she loves, it's so nice that it is only a block from our house and
 we get to walk there. No driving across town??  Yes, please.

On the way home from tumbling we have to stop at the school garden...
And maybe pick some flowerts for Mommy.

The First official day of F  A  L  L.
Tiem for All of the pumpkin things to be made... all of them.
I made pumkin chocolate chip muffins and they were so good! 

Stripes + stripes + converse = Some serious cuteness on a 7-year old, if you ask me.

They are changing.
The leaves are starting to change! 
This was earlier this week and this isn't quite the norm yet,  but they are slowly changing.
I love this time of year but I want it to go really 
s   l   o   w . 

Thursday was rough... really rough.
I went to a funeral for a 39-year old mother of two.
I just don't have much else to say on that right now... just absolutely heartbreaking. 

I have really, REALLY been missing my quiet early mornings....
I am hoping to get back on that train Monday morning.
They are so necessary to my well-being.
But man, I do looove me some sleep, too.

Walking home from school.
I can sit right on the front porch and watch them walk to and from school.
Do you know how awesome this is?
I am not a bus-mom.... No offense if you are, I'm just not.
I'm glad they can be home 5 minutes after school gets out and an hour+ isn't tacked
 onto their day every day. 

And me... In the elevator at work.
I'm trying to do one picture of myself a week...
Because well, if I never took one of myself,  there would never be any pictures of me.
And because-- my hair is fixed + make-up, too.  ;)

And that's it for my week.
I mean, assuming you didn't want to see pictures of me being a grouchy, stressed-out
 brat, feeling sorry for myself and throwing mom-tantrums... Right?
Can't show all my ugly here, y'all.


Happy Friday... Hope you have a great weekend! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Knockin' Em' Off My Fall List

Hey there + Happy Tuesday.
And Welcome,   f  a  l  l    .  
Today is the first official day of Fall after all, right?
Well, technically I think it became Fall at like 9:00 pm last night, so that makes today the first FULL official day of Fall.
Regardless, it's here and the whole "I Love Fall"  thing hasn't worn off for me yet, not even close...
We've {hopefully} got a ways to go and I couldn't be happier about it.

I mean, the alternative is Winter... and I am still mentally scarred from last Winter and we are just gonna love on Fall and
not let go... because... I just can't deal.

So we got to work on our Fall List this weekend and it was seriously the perfect weekend to do so.
Notice how those of us that have to deal with a lot of crappy weather over the course of a year get so excited about these
perfect-weather days?
We know they are numbered.
#9 - We hit the Apple Orchard on Sunday.
And if the weather wasn't truly awesome,  it would've still been awesome because...
fresh apple donuts, apple cider slushies + lots of fresh apples.

Fall List   ///////

1. Make Pumpkin Bars
2. Read a really good scary book or a mystery
3. Visit the Pumpkin Patch
4. Make a pie { Apple? Pumpkin? }
5. Watch ::  You've Got Mail
6. Make  a Fall wreath
7. Take a solo photo drive when the leaves are changing colors
8. Have coffee on the front porch early in the morning as much as possible
9. Visit the Apple Orchard
10. Have fires in the fire pit when we can
11. Find a new pair of super cute(but not super expensive) BOOTS

And then #5... and I have no pictures so you'll just have to trust me on this one, I watched You've Got Mail.
The brownstones, the book store.... all of it.
It doesn't matter how many times I have seen it, afterwards I fantasize about owning my own 
book store/coffee shop for days.

Next up on my list is a big one for me.
When you leave the apple orchard with a basket full of apples... it's time to finally try and make your very first apple pie.
I am doing it this week you guys.
I am.
And honestly, I am so intimated by it,  but I am doing it anyway.
I'll letcha know how it goes. Wish me luck! 

Happy Tuesday + Hope you have a great week!


Friday, September 19, 2014

My Week In Little Bitty Instagrams

A little peek at my week,  via those tiny little Instagrams we all love to share.
I am lucky13amy on Instagram.


The pumpkins and mums and gourds are out at all the stores now.
How   h  a  p  p  y   are these?

After school on the front porch, writing stories and stuff.

The Golden Hour... Quite possibly my favorite time of day.
Practicing cartwheels in the field at the park on our way to the grocery store.

Paint-by-number wall at the cutest antique store in Indiana.

It's true... it's BACK.
Pumpkin Spice Latte's are back and I'm taking advantage.
By the way, I am totally a sucker for the whole pumkin/Fall marketing thing.
Total sucker, at least I am aware though.

I've only seen a few fallen leaves that have changed so far,  so I had to document them.
I can't wait to see all of the trees changing.
I     l  o  v  e      Fall ! 

Good morning.
No froth or anything but still yummy, especially when you are away from home.
I wish I could start every morning like this.

This boy started orchestra this year, just last week really.
I have to tell you that when I saw him putting his violin back in the case and 
carrying it I almost started crying. Like, for real.
Parenthood makes make you an emotional mess at the starngest times, huh.

Old buildings and flower boxes.

Always writng.
Or reading.
Or both.

And me.
With make-up on and semi-fixed hair.
This day definitely needed to be documented.
And never mind the weird blobs under my eye... editing gone bad?

Happy, happy Friday.
Hope your week was good and your weekend is even better.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coffee Just Tastes Better In Indiana

Well this past weekend it did anyway.
Seriously, it did.
A regular old cup of coffee, no fancy froth, with 2% milk(yuck)....  And still one of the best cups of coffee ever.
But anything would've probably tasted pretty good with this morning view though... Right?

This past weekend was our annual family get-away weekend in Indiana.
These perfect little cabins and this beautiful park... we    L  O  V  E   this weekend.
My kids  might love this weekend even more than I do... if that's possible.

We had the best weather this weekend I think we have ever had here so far, and we have been coming for maybe... 11 years or so.
It was sunny and there was no rain but it was cool enough that you had to wear a sweatshirt or jacket and it felt so good.
Cool enough that you could see your breath in the morning and a steaming cup of coffee felt so good in your hands.
I love that kind of weather. 

I am so glad I grabbed my Nikon before Charlotte and I took this short walk before we left on the last morning.
I take a lot of pictures with my phone, a lot, and I think I get some pretty good ones, but nothing really compares to my big camera.
These pictures almost make me be able to feel the crisp Fall air, feel the sun, see that beautiful light coming through the trees.

So yes, our coffee tasted better and our beer tasted better... I think the wine did, too.
This weekend was just what I needed... so, so very good for the soul. 
Until next year, Indiana! 

* Read last year's post about this weekend here.

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