I woke up last Monday to a chill in the air. Even though I’m holding out for at least a few more days of warm weather, I’m beginning to come to terms with the fact that fall is just around the corner. I wore jeans five days this week and took the dog for a walk wearing a winter jacket and toque. IN AUGUST.
I usually love fall but this year – much like last! – I’m trying to hold on to summer as tightly as I can. This year, fall means kindergarten. Topher is looking forward to it: He has two friends in his class, and his teacher was Nathan’s kindergarten teacher – which is “the coolest thing ever!!” when you’re five. I’m not looking forward to it nearly as much! Change is not my friend.
I’m still trying to focus on the good – so here is my love & gratitude for this week:
We always document the firsts but never remember the lasts. A mom asks a simple question: When Did I Last Wash Her Hair?
This post was especially meaningful to me this week: Why Its So Important to Do What You Love. There’s more to life than money. When you do what you love, everything else falls into place.
As hard as I’ve been trying to freeze time and keep him little forever, Topher starts kindergarten in just over two weeks. I’m positive that I will be an emotional mess! I loved this post: To My Fellow Moms, on the First Day of Kindergarten.
Maybe it’s just my economics background, but I love reading about financial planning. In the past four years Nathan and I have paid off all of our debt apart from our mortgage, purchased a new (to us) car with cash, and saved $30 000. How? Check out these 8 Countercultural Decisions to Find Financial Freedom.
I know most of my readers aren’t horse nuts like I am, but I really enjoyed reading about How a 10-Year-Old Trains Her Just Broke Horses. Probably because my start in the saddle was very similar!
I’m a big fan of Emily P. Freeman, and I can’t wait to read her latest book, “Simply Tuesday”. (Hurry up, Amazon! Your shipping is SO slow!) I loved her post, Let’s Keep Tuesday Simple: More Heart, Less Hurry.
Kind and patient teachers. Topher just finished two weeks of swimming lessons – and he earned his badge! The last time he was enrolled in a class he refused to get in the water at all, so the fact that he passed is a HUGE deal. Nathan and I were ecstatic that he got in the pool – the badge is just the icing on the cake!
Wheels. Nathan and I bought a new-to-us vehicle this week – a 2009 Toyota Matrix. We’ve been a one car family for the past five years so it’s a huge change! The kids and I don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn if we need the car during the day – and our days feel two hours longer as a result, since we don’t need to drop Nathan off or pick him up! I know we could have made one vehicle work but since Topher’s school is in a different neighbourhood (an hour away by bus, 8 minutes by car) – we decided to make the investment. Having a second vehicle means we can broaden our search for a house as well, since we’re no longer bound to the neighbourhood the elementary school is in. Most of all, though, to me, it means FREEDOM!!
Hot chocolate. Fall is approaching, and with the drop in temperatures in Edmonton this week I’ve been very appreciative of our comfy couch, warm blankets, and a cup of hot chocolate. Both Topher and Ellie are big fans of hot chocolate as well – they typically swarm me as soon as they see me holding a mug! “Can I have some, Mommy? Can I? Please?”
What were you grateful for this week?