To Everything, There Is A Season

Labor Day, though this year almost three weeks before the actual beginning of autumn (my favorite season), is the unofficial end of summer. Boo-yah: that’s today!

This summer was really good, but it was so…busy! It seems like I have two different sorts of friends: those who can’t WAIT for the school year to end so they can enjoy summer, and those who can’t WAIT for the summer to end so their kids will go back to school already.

I personally have no preference; we’re busy all year round and do things with our kids all year round. What I want? To be less busy.

I got that this weekend. Whoa, what a weekend it was. With no firm plans other than Julesie coming over for dinner on Friday night (and it’s always a pleasure to have her around so I don’t even consider that to be “plans”; know what I mean?), the pace slowed down quite a bit. I even–hold onto your hats–got to READ. I’m not just talking about a five-minute read. I’m talking about several hours (not consecutively) and about 200 pages. GLORIOUS!

The older boy worked Saturday evening, Sunday evening, and is working tonight. The younger boy hung out quite a bit with friends. He went to the grocery store with me yesterday, which I was happy about because he’s an excellent sidekick and it’s a great time for us to connect.

This morning we went to a crappy used car dealership because the older boy wanted to look at a car that he found online, even though it is priced at TWO TIMES his budget. I’m glad that we went, though, because Jim got to teach both boys alot about what to look out for when car shopping. It was a great learning opportunity.

Something else that made me happy this weekend: I had a great phone chat with Momo this afternoon. She is one of my favorite people in this entire world. I adore catching up with her over the phone every now and then, and then I smile for about two hours after we hang up.

Jim and I had some great quality time this weekend: we FINALLY fixed (we hope) the problem in the yard. Remember how we masterfully saved our house from a terrible flood? Today we installed some PVC tubing underground to drain the yard, should it ever happen again. (Yes, that was our own creative solution. If it works, it will be awesome.) It wasn’t all work for us, though; we also got to just hang out together in the peace and quiet around here. It was wonderful!

Tonight? We’re grilling burgers. The younger boy just got home from the pool and the older boy gets off work in 30 minutes, give or take an hour (you know how it is in the restaurant biz…).

All in all, an outstanding end to summer. And now?




  • Michelle

    And football season. Don't forget football season!

    We did the burgers and beer brats yesterday. Tonight it was grilled pizza. Yum!

    With a little leftover so we can have brown sugar breadsticks for breakfast tomorrow 🙂 When Mister Man who's been getting up between 8:15 and 8:40 all weekend has to get up at 7 again.

  • Heather

    I like summer, winter & spring, but FALL has my heart. Crunchy leaves, pumpkins, crisp, cool mornings, Halloween, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, sweaters, boots, scarves, and lightweight jackets?


    I do feel like the older I get, the faster the seasons go though! This summer was SO BUSY! And before I know it, it'll be January!

  • surprised mom

    I love the fall, especially the weather. It gives me a "glad to be alive" feeling, before the ice and snow and house bound days of winter. The ac is off, the windows are wide open, there's a gentle breeze, sometimes with a nip, it's perfect.

    I wish I had more time to be with the girls during the fall, but both are busy with school, one far away. But, there's so much to look forward to.

    I wish you a fantastic fall!

  • PJ Mullen

    So happy fall is here, it is my favorite time of the year…and not just because it is also football season.

    We did big ole burgers this weekend too. Just seemed like a nice way to say good bye to summer. Then again, living in Charlotte we can grill out in shorts in February. Just the corn isn't any good then 🙂

  • Jillian Livingston

    I can't imagine being at the stage where I am looking for a car with my 3 boys. I just snuggled with my ten year old and rubbed his back wondering how much longer he is going to let me do this with him!

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  • DaddysFishBowl

    Glad your end of summer went better than mines did. At least one of us got to enjoy the long weekend. lol

  • Melissa

    Funny, I was just saying how I need about 10 hours more in a day, just so I can relax a bit.

    Here's hoping that we both get lots more days to just kick back and read a book.

  • Momo Fali

    Aw! You are so stinking sweet! I just love you and I wish you lived next door to me! We could have margaritas every day!