August was busy! We enjoyed lovely celebrations of Lily and Mike’s birthdays. Then my cousin came to visit, and we visited Parlee Farms as well as the Louisa May Alcott Orchard House and the New England Quilt Museum with her – but I took no pictures. I highly recommend farms with children, but not the Orchard House. Luckily my kids were very well behaved – not so much at the equally “not for kids” (to quote Emma) quilt museum! In fairness only one kid didn’t behave at the quilt museum, but it only takes one!
We donated four large bags of clothing and outgrown toys, and we had a wonderful time at Story Land. I didn’t do too well at keeping our garden alive – heat at the beginning of the month combined with the rain and wind we got from Hurricane Irene plus some pest that destroyed our winter squash did away with everything but a couple of hardy tomato plants. Hopefully those survive!
I did very little sewing this month, although I did repurpose a couple of sweaters into several projects with some help from Emma. In addition to the doll shrug, we made two pairs of doll pants, and two skirts for Emma. Plus another pair of pants for Johnny’s doll (another one from my childhood). I didn’t cut out my dress, or sew my skirt, or sew the girls’ dresses. I suppose the repurposing was a form of procrastination, but most of my time was spent on the transformation of our kitchen floor from this:
The kitchen looks so much brighter with the lighter tiles, and I LOVE that there are no longer unsightly cracks and gaps! This project has been on our to-do list since we moved in four years ago, and I am SO excited to have it done!!! Especially when you consider that the old peel and stick squares didn’t extend clear to the cabinets – there was about an inch gap where you could see clear through to the concrete slab! It also extends to the laundry room, where the washer and dryer previously sat on bare concrete. We have plans to cover up the stunning black and tan tile that graces most of the rest of the house, and to rip up the carpets so that incredibly-allergic-to-dust-mites Mike can breathe without living on medication.
I did get back to school shopping done, and Emma’s kindergarten backpack is all packed and tucked away in my closet for safekeeping until the first day of school. School starts late in Massachusetts – and runs until the end of June! I started teaching piano to one of Emma’s friends; my first student since having kids. He is a sweet kid, and so far it’s fun – plus it motivates Emma to do her practicing! They are both starting piano for the first time, and it always fascinates me to watch two different kids approach the same tasks so differently – excelling and struggling at different points.
September is family month – my cousins, Mike’s mom and grandma, and hopefully time with my family members who live in Massachusetts (we try to meet up at least once a month). I’m all the more grateful for family since one of my sisters just moved to China – and we have yet to find a good way to talk on the phone! Anyone know of a good way to call China? She moved there with her husband and baby boy. She’s working on getting a blog up and promises to contribute a guest post for my geography series once she’s a little more settled. In the meantime, I’m enjoying this blog by her friend who moved there with her. I’m still taking geography guest posts from other interested parties at well – just email mamasmilesblog at gmail dot com if you are interested! =)
Goals for September:
- Enjoy time with family! My cousin and his family are coming up to visit this weekend, and Mike’s mom and grandma are flying out for a visit at the end of the month! Target Area: gratitude
- Go through belongings and find more to donate – I already have a pick-up time scheduled as extra motivation! Target Areas: generosity and gratitude
- Go through everyone’s dressers and pull out clothing that is not being worn that can be donated or saved for the next child. Target Areas: gratitude and peace
- Get the kids settled into a school routine. Target Areas: education, health, and peace
- Enjoy the beginning of fall – my favorite time of year in New England! Target Areas: gratitude, health, and peace
I do hope to get the sewing done, but it isn’t getting set as a goal this month. Sometimes I’m better at working on things when they AREN’T goals, and it just isn’t top priority at this point.
What does your September look like?