Monday, September 29, 2014

8 Things I Learned in September

I sound like a broken record here, but, seriously, where is this year going? How is September already over? Goodness.

But, hello, fall. Please stay a while. A long while. Like so long winter doesn't even happen. And, shh, nobody tell me how meterologists are predicted a no-good, terrible winter. I thought last year was bad ...

Moving on, September was lovely, even if it sped by so fast I could barely keep up. We spent many evenings and late mornings at the soccer field. We enjoyed the lovely weather. We lived our life in many small moments meshed together. We learned and loved and laughed. And, yes, we witnessed that lovely sunset while on Kentucky Lake.

In no particular order, here are some things I learned in my everyday life this month:

1. I can have household products delivered to my door step. I loved that when I ordered diapers from or Amazon. Now, thanks to ePantry, hand soap, laundry detergent, sponges, and trash bags will show up a few days after I place an order ... and at good prices. I received my first shipment this month and I believe I'm in love with this service.

2. I love life in my 30s, but sometimes I feel old ... and old-fashioned! For instance, I invited a college girl I've gotten to know through Bible study over for a home-cooked meal and realized I'm twice her age. She hasn't turned 18 yet, so she's only a decade older than my second-grader. Y'all my own college days don't seem that long ago.

More proof by the questions I ask myself: What's with all these movies that are rated PG-13 being promoted to kids? Like "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Why do restaurants have TVs everywhere? Gathering to watch a sporting event is one thing, but I otherwise prefer no television while we're trying to eat dinner together.

3. My personality makes me like Snow White. We're both ESFJ. Find out here which Disney princess shares your personality. I'm OK with my assessment, but, really, Snow White likes animals much more than I do.

4. I could be the only person who doesn't care anything about pumpkin candles, desserts, coffee, or, well ... anything. Yes, I'm a summer girl, but I do love the transition to fall. Just bring on the apples, specifically Honeycrisp, and candy corn. You can keep your pumpkin spiced latte. Or whatever other hot beverage you're drinking.

Funny story: A delicious-smelling apple pie candle showed up in the mail for me from Amazon. I didn't know who sent it until my friend Jen texted me. She loves pumpkin spice candles but chose an apple one for me. God's in the details, I tell you. Apples over pumpkin any day, especially fall days, y'all.

{After I posted this on Facebook, I learned I'm not actually alone, but there are so many pumpkin fans out there.}

5. I don't like homework. I don't remember disliking homework when I was a kid, when it was required of me, personally. But, seriously, I could do without homework now that I'm a mom. My girl is a good student, but she's done with school when she gets home. That time between school and dinner is already a rocky time. That's not just true at my house, right?! So to add homework seems cruel. We're in year three of homework and I'm still not a fan. I'm guess if I didn't like it in kindergarten and first-grade and I'm still not liking it in second-grade, then hope is pretty much lost for me for her remaining decade of school, right? Plus I'll have those 13 years of school for my son, who, I'm guessing, will be even less into homework than his sister. {She's cute though.}

6. Little People toys are for little kids, which apparently I don't have anymore. That's according to my 4-year-old son. So we donated most of the Little People to his preschool. Yes, I'm curious if he's going to play with them there, unlike he did here.

7. The Blacklist is addicting. Hello, James Spader. Goodness gracious, he's good in that show. Greg and I just started watching it last week, but we're well into the first season. I know, I'm not sure what took me so long either.

8. Scrapbooking is still a hobby of mine, even if it doesn't happen often. Like riding a bike, I didn't forget how to document life with actual printed photos, Sharpies, cute paper, and page protectors. I managed to spend much of one weekday at my craft table. We didn't have anywhere to be and Ben was playing alone so well. I was out of my usual adhesive, so I broke out the Rubber Cement. I loved it so much I bought more next time I was at the store.

I'm linking up this monthly post with Emily Freeman at Chatting at the Sky.  Here are previous month's recaps from 2013: June. July. August. September. October. November. And from 2014: January. February. March. April. May. June. July. August.

I'm also linking up with the weekly Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood Gathering.

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  1. Great list! We are still in the pre-homework years here but already I am dreading it. I didn't mind it much when I was a kid but I worry about how it will take over our lives once it starts and how I'll miss our easy breezy weeknights!

  2. I had to click and totally find out what princess I was - Mulan. Thanks for sharing your list.

  3. I always feel really guilty around this time that I don't really like pumpkin smells or food. Fall to me is more about sweaters, scarves, hot chocolate and soup.

  4. Darn!!! A Disney princess hasn't portrayed my ENFP personality yet. Get on that Disney!!!

  5. KristinHillTaylor9/30/2014 10:48 AM

    Next movie, maybe ... :)

  6. KristinHillTaylor9/30/2014 10:49 AM

    No guilt! I'm all about soup, apples, and sweaters!

  7. KristinHillTaylor9/30/2014 10:50 AM

    I don't know as much about Mulan as I do some of the other ones. But we are going to Disney next week, so maybe I will learn some! :) Thanks for coming by!

  8. KristinHillTaylor9/30/2014 10:50 AM

    I enjoyed visiting your blog yesterday - thanks for coming by here, Tricia! Enjoy the non-homework days! :)

  9. KristinHillTaylor9/30/2014 10:52 AM

    I'm all about skipping winter and we don't have even have winters like you do. At least you'll have some help shoveling the driveway this year! :) Love you, sweet Beth!

  10. Oh I just love this...Oh Lord, please give me time to recap and not get caught in the whizzing by of life! I actually like pumpkin, but probably apple more. Feeling old in your 30s? Try being 56. When I first went to Allume, I couldn't quite figure out why I was feeling strange. Then it dawned on me that I was twice as old as most of the gals there. I'm learning to embrace my mentor status! Here's just a little snippet on our struggles with homework.

  11. KristinHillTaylor9/30/2014 4:59 PM

    Thanks for sharing that post, Elise! So much practical wisdom there. See, that mentor thing is already helpful! So grateful for you and your encouragement.

  12. I hear you with # 2 especially...feeling old. ha. On our mission trip last week, there were "kids" my daughter's age. And they called me Mrs. Lisa. :) So I'm not just feeling old; I am old.

    And why all the TVs everywhere? I don't like that either. Or pumpkin smells. ha. Guess your 4-yr-old is feeling old too. :)

  13. I just had dinner on my university's campus, and that's when it hit me...HALF my life has passed since I was a freshman there....19 years ago. I wondered the same thing, where did the time go? And it sounds like I need to check out Blacklist! (visiting from SDG!)

  14. KristinHillTaylor9/30/2014 8:37 PM

    Hi, Amelia! I'm glad you understand what I mean. Our college friend half our age came over again tonight. It's really great to have friends in different seasons of life. I'm getting ready to watch Blacklist while I fold some clothes. :) Thanks for coming by!

  15. KristinHillTaylor9/30/2014 8:38 PM

    Sounds like we would get along splendidly. And I'd call you whatever you wanted to be called! :) I always like seeing you here, Lisa!

  16. Preach on #8! Every time I actually get to do it I remember why I fell in love with the hobby in the first place. And #2. Oh my yes. I had a similar realization the other day and it kind of freaked me out. And then I realized I only had 6 more years until my oldest was heading off to college and then I had to go lay down. Hee. And I hate TVs in restaurants. Drives me batty!

  17. KristinHillTaylor10/01/2014 1:53 PM

    I'm the same way with scrapbooking! Yeah, it's not growing up that bothers me, it's how my kids grow up too ... Although I'm really like my girl being 7. :) Thanks for visiting, Joy!

  18. The local Honeycrisp apples have arrived at our farmers market and I have been for them twice now - so good. I am not a coffee drinker so don't miss the pumpkin drinks but I do love it in baked goods like bread and muffins. Happy Fall...

  19. KristinHillTaylor10/03/2014 3:35 PM

    Now I'm wanting a Honeycrisp ... :) Happy fall to you too, Mindy!