Hmmmm...I love October.
Leaves, pumpkin patches, cocoa, football, the State Fair, Halloween...I love it all.
Before we get to my October goals, here's how my September goals went down...
1. Read 2 books.
Goodness! This month, I read 3 really different books.
The first book I read was hands-down, without a doubt, the best book I've read in a long, long time. It was What Remains by Carole Radziwill. This book is so good! It's Carole's autobiography about her husband dying of cancer...and at the same time, his cousin (and BFF) is John F. Kennedy Jr. and her BFF is Carolyn Bessette Kennedy...and we all know how that ends. It's really meaningful, fascinating, and lovely all in one book.
The next book I read was Nicholas Sparks' The Best of Me (which is coming out as a movie this month). Hmmm...it was okay. I love Sparks' books and thought this one was good but not my favorite.
The last book I read was Tina Fey's Bossypants. I laughed, I learned, and I read it quickly because it was entertaining. If you like Tina Fey, you should read this book.
2. Family goes to Wednesday night church
We went to Wednesday night church every week this month. My kiddos like their classes and Andrew and I like our classes too. We're going to continue going the rest of the semester :).
3. Walk to school twice a week
Yeah, that didn't happen. We tried the first week and it was just too hot. We tried again last week and the weather was much better...so we can start doing it more now...but out of the entire month, we only did it twice.
4. Have friends over for dinner
On Sunday night, Andrew had a bunch of guys over for food and football and lat night, we had two families over for supper (we ate enchiladas on the patio and watched the kids play...it was so fun!).
5. Find the perfect fall polish
I found several polishes that I love! I talked about them on Friday. Click here to see the results.
And now for October's Goals...
1. Read 2 (or more) books
Yup. I'll keep you posted.
2. Walk more
The weather is so pretty that I need to be walking more in general (not just to pick Kensington up from school). Most nights, we walk after dinner and let the kids ride their bikes...I'm going to make a conscience decision to walk more this month.
3. Enjoy pumpkin everything
Listen, pumpkin is my very favorite flavor, so I need to enjoy it this month. A little (or a lot) of pumpkin makes this girl very happy.
4. Finish my Christmas shopping
I would love to have most of my Christmas shopping done by the end of the month. If I get it done this month and wrapped next month, then in December, I can enjoy the holidays without stressing. I need to focus. Focus, focus, focus.
5. Volunteer and Kensington's school once a week
Last week, I volunteered at Kensington's school one day and really enjoyed being able to help. The days Smith are in preschool are the best days for me to help out, so I'm going to really and try and do that at least once a week this month.
6. Finish Ashby's room
Her room is basically finished but she needs basics like clothes, shoes, pjs, diapers, socks, coats and such. I need to get her closet and dresser full of those necessities.
Since we're talking about October, here are a few pics from last weekend's Oktoberfest in our town...
My kids looked forward to Oktoberfest all week! It's an annual tradition for us to attend our town's (last weekend) and my parents' town (next weekend). We started off our day with lots of jumping!
They loved the German dancers :).
They raced along the hay bales.
We bought candy and popcorn!
We did the "chicken dance" :).
We had the BEST time!!!
Happy (almost) October to you!
And for dinner tonight...
...my Tex Mex Chicken & Rice Soup. Yum :).