The idea of summer ending sends me into a panic. Did we savor summer? Did we do enough to satisfy us through winter?! Winter. Winter. Winter.
That answer is always going to be “no” because I will never tire of summer, sunny days or warm weather. But I love a little cozy time too. Seasons are fun. Who doesn’t love the smell of fall, the excitement of change of seasons and all that pumpkin stuff?
Alright sometimes too much pumpkin is a bad thing, but while my heart panics to see summer go, I get really excited about the fall especially the food.
While we approach fall with excitement here are my favorite highlights from Summer 2018, my #Joyful5
- Creating a humble little guest room for my SIL this summer in the basement. Our basement flooded last winter, just a few days after I landed at home after birthing twins, one baby via-emergency c-section. Michael handled all the drama, per usual. All of it. But, we got a new little guest bedroom out of it and I hastily got to work making it somewhat homey. I wanted to create a cottage feel out of it, since it’s a small room. For the sake of time, I ordered furniture from amazon and picked my old favorite non-neutral-neutral, mint, and went with it.
- Going to LA with the twins. We did a trip to LA for the ESPYS. Michael worked on the red carpet show and we went to the after-party, as adults without children, and had a blast. The twins got to meet my LA friend, Erica and that was bittersweet since I do miss LA a ton. Moving around is so weird. Right when you can’t imagine living in a place for any longer, you move, and then you have all these warm + fuzzy memories about that place that you didn’t even realize you had. We enjoyed LA. I loved it, I hated it. I was lonely but I made some really good friends. LA taught me the most important lesson in living somewhere: a place is what you make it. Perception is key. Get outside. And if you really want to live: explore like you’re on vacation.
- Self-care anew. This summer I really learned what it means to take care of myself. I’m not a master by any means but I found a new approach to self-care. I cut my hair into a short bob again, really trying to keep it edgy but admittedly a mom with a mom bob. I started taking better care of my skin and slowly, I’m eating better. Nursing twins does crazy things and I have a hard time balancing cravings, headaches, and just keeping hydrated. Which are all related I’m sure.
- Enjoying the backyard. We spent a lot of time in and around the house this summer, always a good thing. I loved going outside and collecting foliage + flowers for inside, laying out a picnic blanket for the babies and just hanging out in the driveway with my kids. Our first real New England summer was quiet with spurts of business and I don’t regret a moment.
- We snuck in a Disney World trip at the very end of summer. I could say so many things about Disney with four little children, but I’ll narrow it down to one tip. Download the app. Download the app and you can see line times from across the park, schedule fast passes, meet and greets, and look up the map—all on your phone.