When you think fall, what do you think of? Pumpkins and Halloween? I am not quite ready for all of that yet, but there are sure signs of autumn all around. It’s canning season for one!! Peaches are so beautiful inside those jars aren’t they?
Sorry if this startled you, it startled the crap out of me too when I almost walked into it!! I don’t think I had a single one of these garden spiders aka banana spiders last year and this year I had 5!!
Flowers are finally filling the pots, but let’s be honest, the heat has done a number on them. Most of my potted flowers are looking a bit leggy and sad right now, but the beds as a whole are blooming delightfully.
What do I think of when I think fall? Dreading SCHOOL! I am a creature of habit. I like routine, I am what you call a planner, but I’ll admit being spontaneous has proven good for my soul. I like structure, and having my ducks in a row. Anyone with me? So, why does the whole thought of a new school year throw me into a tail spin? As August reared it’s ugly head a few weeks back, I started dreading bedtime routines and homework. Seems weird, right? If I like structure and routine, one would think I look forward to school beginning. Truth is, I love having the girls home when I can be there with them. We have a good time together. I love not having to worry about making sure they are getting to bed at a decent time in order to have a good night’s rest, and letting them sleep in.
If I am totally honest though, I work better under pressure. The busy sports season is within days of beginning. When I am at work, I try not to focus on tomorrow’s schedule. I’m only supposed to worry about tomorrow when it comes, right? And truth be told, if I do look ahead and my day looks to be stressful, I actually perform better when it is, and therefore; I don’t look back on it as a stressful day at all! I feel good about conquering it, and the same is true with school routine. I know this, but typing it out is soothing.
This past week, I decided to document a few fun and carefree moments Mikayla and I had enjoying our last week before we took Lexi back to college and the new school year begins.
She was SO excited to drink a milkshake out of this mug. I mean, it tastes better in a cute Fiestaware malt mug 😉
I love to walk around and look at my flowers and it dawned on me that the photos I captured of my rose bush remind me of our girls and how they each have blossomed enormously this summer. It’s crazy to think it’s only been 3 short months, but each of them have evolved so much in that small amount of time. So, in case you are wondering, my spirits are good, I am not in slump on the floor. I am moving ahead with a positive attitude and ready to move on. My mom was always excited for me when I was entering the next stage of life, and it meant so much, so I want to be the same for my girls.
I know this post is different than most, but this is what was on my heart this week and my family inspires me. <3 Hope you enjoy viewing a small glimpse into our last days of summer. Love to all. Now, if FALL would just stick around awhile!
Author and photos – Martha Knake
Chief Editor – Emily Schunke