I am finally digging out of the rubble of our September…it was a bit of a tornado with Ben in the CCU working long, long days, nights, and weeks–but we made it to the end and are now welcoming October with more family time and some glimmers of a new season. While our daily temperature highs are still reaching into the 80’s, I am willing autumn by baking the season’s inaugural loaf of pumpkin bread and packing away sundresses and tank tops.
September began with travels to Chicago for my dear friend Deborah’s wedding. It was my very first time spending a night away from Everett and while it was hard to say goodbye to that cutie as he waved eagerly and blew me kisses from Ben’s parents’ front porch, it was a good 48-hour getaway for me. It felt both awkward and liberating to have freedom of bodily movement and freedom from schedule and routine. There was an empty lightness to my gait without a toddler on my hip and I definitely looked at my watch way too often in anticipation of upcoming meals and nap times, but the chance to reconnect with Deborah and have a little “me time” was golden.
Yesterday, we celebrated Ben having the ENTIRE weekend off by going hiking at Montgomery Bell State Park, a gem of a state park about 45 minutes outside of Nashville. The weather was sunny and a cool breeze was hinting at fall–a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning. See my little hiker below!
October will be full but includes lots of quality family time. We’re camping with Ben’s whole family next weekend at a park halfway between Nashville and St. Louis, heading to St. Louis for a weekend in later October for a friend’s wedding, and squeezing in lots of wonderful fall festivities the weekends in between. Stay tuned for updates!