Linking up with Kelly on this blustery Friday! How did it get to be late October, already?
I wanted to pop on here and share some of our ups and downs of the past month. Time is flying by and as the Christmas catalogs start to flood in, I am reminded of just how quickly it is!
Teaching Around the Globe
I participated in the 21st annual Global Learn Day. It was a great, but hectic, way to kick off October!
Calling All Moms, Let’s Connect!
I also took the plunge and launched my first group for homeschool moms. A place to connect, chat, commiserate, and have some fun. I really had no idea what to expect, however, it has been growing by leaps and bounds. My mission is to support and encourage homeschool moms, this group has been a key step in advancing that vision.
All The Pretty Ponies
It wasn’t all work and no play this month. We had an amazing adventure. Have you ever read a book as a family and just fallen in love with the characters and story? Our true love, in the literary sense, will always be the Wilder family; however Misty and her wild companions are a close second.
In a moment of spontaneity, I booked a two night stay in Chincoteague, VA. The kids were thrilled, I was second guessing; but it turned out to be just what we all needed. It has been ….ummm…I’m not even sure…since I had even taken off a full day. Three days off was heaven, pure bliss!
Here are some of the beautiful ponies we saw!
Buddy is proud to report that we saw 45 wild ponies in 48 hours, how do you like them apples? 🙂
A Slow Recovery
Returning to work and school was tough…really TOUGH! I think we all could have stayed another week. It was the most relaxing couple of days I had had in years. What added to the difficult transition, though, was a terrible head cold that Lovie Lu and I picked up on our pony watching adventure.
We have been home for one week and I’m still sniffling and a wee bit horse…ahh, choo! (It was worth it!)
Checking Off My Bucket List
The weather in the northeast has been very strange this year. I’m not one to complain about the weather. Even though I live for those 73 degree days with bountiful sunshine and whispy clouds that melt into chilly 50 degree night where you need a good sweater to keep you warm; the earth needs all the weather. As a gardener, I realize this even more.
However, we have had so. much. rain punctuated by periods of extreme weather. Gardening was less than impressive this year. That’s another post, though.
Weather has made my bucket list a little more challenging, but I am getting it done. We gathered in all the herbs and I am half way through setting the harvest to dry. Despite the terrible weather conditions, my herbs truly thrived–can’t say that about my vegetables.
Apple of Our Eyes
We plan to brave the chilly weather this afternoon in hopes of picking some apples. A strong Nor’Easter is heading our way and I fear the crop will be ruined by it. Not sure if we will get to do traditional picking or simply visit the orchard to buy mounds of crisp apples, either way, apples are coming home, today!
Making My List and Checking It Twice
While I am not one to rush the holidays. We still have Halloween and All Saints this month, followed by Thanksgiving next–I am well aware. However, I am an early shopper. My goal is to have all my Christmas shopping complete before November begins. WHY? Well, I want to spend those weeks leading up to Christmas enjoying the anticipation, sharing fun activities with my children, and reveling in the magical time of year. Advent is a time of waiting and hope, nothing kills that for me more than rushing around trying to find and buy gifts.
So, I am pleased to announce that I am about 93% finished. I think! In all the insanity of October, my planner has disappeared, invariably left somewhere in our travels (we did also have two soccer teams, a horse show, co-op, STEM and Stuff meet-up……and on and on). So my original list is gone, and I’m making a new one!
How has your October been?