Oh, August, I have such mixed feelings about you. You signify a transition back into a routine, to which I’m always slow to adjust. But you’re still part of summer, which I adore. And this year, you’ve been so much cooler and pleasant weather wise.
Still, how are we already here? Being more than halfway through the year doesn’t seem possible.
Even while going back and forth with my emotions toward August, I’ve managed to learn some things …
1. Rachel can climb out of her crib.
It’s been an adventure training my 23-month-old girl to sleep in a toddler bed because, hello, freedom. But she’s doing well at nighttime and is hit and miss for naptime.
We had been thinking about moving her out of the crib because we’re traveling in September and a couple of times in November and she has already mastered escaping the pack-and-play. I was hesitating because I didn’t want to totally give up the crib, but Rachel made that decision for us when she climbed out with ease this month.
2. So many good books are coming this fall.
I’ve been getting books to review and joining launch teams, which are definitely perks to my blogger life. Stay tuned for more, but these are all books you’ll want to go ahead and add to your list:
- “Why Motherhood Matters” by September McCarthy (Come back Friday because I have a copy to giveaway!)
- “Fiercehearted” by Holley Gerth
- “Daring to Hope” by Katie Davis Majors
- “Church of the Small Things” by Melanie Shankle
- “Blind Spot” by Dani Pettrey (It’s third in a series, which I’ve loved!)
Stay tuned here because “Peace in the Process” by yours truly will be available soon!
(And those are just the ones I know to recommend. I have no doubt there are others!)
3. The totality eclipse exceeded my expectations.
I did wonder if I was going to be disappointed because of all the hype, but I totally wasn’t! I loved watching my oldest get into learning about it – she even researched and wrote a report just because she wanted to! We watched the eclipse about 15 miles from home in Hardin, Ky., where we had 1 minute 51 seconds of totality and some really great snacks!
4. Getting back into the school routine takes time …
… even for momma and toddler! The big kids like their teachers and are glad to be back at school, but we’ve all been slow to adjust to the earlier wake-up, get-going times.
5. Swimmers ear is no joke.
I’ve had ear infections before, but, goodness, “just” having swimmers ear still hurts. The drops definitely helped, but I had so much sympathy for my boy who had swimmers ear twice in July when I had it last week.
6. I won a photo contest!
I was so excited to win a photo contest the company that put in our pool hosted on Facebook. Not surprisingly, the contest involved what summer days at the pool looked like. And, also not surprisingly, I shared a photo of Rachel. I ended up winning a $220 poolside basketball goal that my husband and son were especially excited to have.
How’s your August been? And, really, how do you feel toward the month in general?