September Status

September Status

New home: This is the month I have been waiting for. This is the month we move into our new home. Only weeks, days left. Yes, I am welcoming September with open arms for this reason alone.
Time to pack (again): Today, I begin decluttering our townhouse in preparation for packing. We have lived without a lot for the past six months. Most of our belongings are in storage. But I have noticed that we have still accumulated unnecessary stuff, and I don’t want to bring it into our new home. I want to start living there with a fresh, clean slate.
School: School starts for my Trio in one week. The girls will be in 2nd, 1st and Kindergarten. We have most of their supplies checked off the list. But they still need to be labeled and packed into backpacks. Uniforms are pressed and hanging in their closet. I have to think about what to buy for snacks and lunches. I am ready for the change that school brings, and I think they are, too. But I feel a little bittersweet this time around, and that’s a first for me.
Baby: The baby is 24 weeks along (tomorrow). I am starting to feel the need to slow down and be careful in how much strenuous activity (chores, etc.) I do throughout the day. I can only hold one of the twins so long during Mass before I have to sit down. This is always a hard phase for me to accept. But I better listen to my body, for I don’t want to be summoned to bed rest or anything like that.

Books: I am trying to get back on track with read-alouds as a family. Our summer included so many more activities, like swimming and playing outside much later in the evenings, the we just haven’t been reading together as much. We checked out some new books at the library yesterday, so I think that will be a good start. Some are autumn books, which are always enjoyable this time of year. (How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World is really cute, BTW.) My 7yo always likes to get a few American Girl chapter books. She’s currently reading the Josefina series. The twins are now able to sit long enough to listen to a book or two. This has been so delightful! Their current favorite is The Cat in the Hat. My son always comments about how much trouble the cat is getting into or the mess he is making. It’s cute. Oh, and we are going to try a couple audiobooks for the van: The Wizard of Oz and The Secret Garden. We have listened to Cat Chat CDs in the van, and the children have enjoyed them. So, I thought we’d give audiobooks a try. They are quieter on our drives when we’re listening to something, with much less bickering (if any at all). As for me, I’m currently in the middle of The Help.

Knitting: I am nearly finished with my Twirly Skirt. I just have to knit an I-Cord and sew in some elastic. Two things I have never done before! I hope to figure it out soon, so my 5yo can start wearing it once the weather is a bit cooler. I think it will look so cute with some tights and a long-sleeved shirt! I really would like to knit something simple for my oldest daughter’s birthday (maybe some fingerless mitts) and/or a sweater for her American Girl doll. And then, of course, I would like to knit something for the baby, too, but I don’t know what. Any suggestions?

One final thought:
The breezes taste

Of apple peel.

The air is full
Of smells to feel—
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.
—John Updike
Happy September!
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2 thoughts on “September Status

  1. 'I'm' excited for you to move into your new home!

    We really like audio books at our home, too. If you run out of ideas, try Jim Wiess … he has a huge selection. We slack off on the reading during the summer, too. But, my husband started up again about a week ago.

  2. yes!
    purge that awful clutter…
    how nice to start with a clean slate!
    i think that is part of my problem as of late. we moved here so quickly that i didn't have a chance to do that. and now in retrospect i wish i would've just gotten rid of SO. MANY. THINGS.
    i am excited for you too!
    and that poem is so cute!
    take care. and do rest. your body is talking to you and you must listen…
    God bless you, friend.

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