The Notebook: August 2015

Happy fall! We enjoyed our first pumpkin flavored doughnut today and it hit me. Here is a look back at our August.


We relaxed a lot this month, spending the last few days channeling summer. That meant pool trips, mountain trips, ice cream trips and hiking trips.


In my garden: Splitting and transplanting lots of monkey grass. In my backyard it follows half of the driveway, so I extended it further to the end of the driveway. In the front it surrounds a light pole so I split it and began bordering bushes in front of our porch. I also whacked our massive forsythia bush to resemble more of a tree. It is like a breath of fresh air. While I was clipping it with pruning shears (big ones) my neighbor came out with hedge trimmers and offered to help. I think he was more excited he’d be able to see coming out of his driveway now.


I am collecting many pecans off the ground and am excited to get crackin’ (hehe). And I’ve spent more time cutting back more trees and brush that I don’t want in the yard.

I also discovered I have a lavender Rose of Sharon that badly needs more sunlight. It is the one thing I love about moving into an old house; there are many surprises outside as we get to know the place. The hard part is being patient to see what we do have.


We sent our oldest to Kindergarten this year and she has loved it since day 1.

That means we are adjusting our routines. And my morning routine got an overhaul, starting with a run after we drop her off at school.

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More pesto. :)


More green smoothies. :)

On the Web

A beautiful little reminder to make real in person connections when you can from The Art of Simple.

I love this idea on organizing your child’s work from school and keeping it through the years.

And this idea for creating a layout in a photo album for back to school was fantastic!

Yes! To coloring pages for adults.


Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown. I finally got to it and really appreciated it for so many reasons. Anyone and everyone should give this a read.

Handle with Prayer: Unwrap the Source of God’s Strength for Living by Charles Stanley – Highly important book to my life now.

The Midwife’s Revolt by Jodi Daynard

Favorite photos

I am still behind but here are a few favorite phone photos!