Planning: a few Fall double dates outdoors with friends. John and I have a few other couples we’re making plans with this month to keep relationships with friends growing while the weather is nice enough to do so outdoors. Wisconsin has a lot of beautiful wineries and orchards, so we hope to check a few of them out before they close for the season in November.
Trying: to bake a lot of our family favorites with a dairy-free spin. I’ve had success with our favorite Blueberry Breakfast Cake, vegan pumpkin bread, and banana bread. Elijah gave his stamp of approval on all three, and we couldn’t cut the banana bread fast enough for Josie. Banana bread might just be her favorite food.
Shopping: for clothes for Elijah. I think he outgrew every single item of clothing including shoes and coats over the summer. I thought we were set for school to start until I realized his pants are long enough but too big in the waist. I assumed elastic would work, but it turns out he’s just too skinny. I’m on the hunt for pants with elastic and drawstrings.
Reading: The Fountain of Silence by Ruta Sepetys. This book has received high reviews on Goodreads, and I’ve been making it a priority to get up an hour before my kids each morning to get some time in for myself. Most mornings this early hour means a book and a hot cup of coffee in silence. This book is almost 500 pages, so I’m determined to finish it before it’s due back to the library. At the halfway point I absolutely recommend it for anyone who likes historical fiction.
Loving: that Elijah’s school is doing in-person learning. I have no idea how long this option will be safe, but Elijah absolutely loves being with others kids his age. I’m doing my best not to take it personally that he gets upset when he sees me there to pick him up every afternoon.
Watching: Selling Sunset on Netflix. It’s a million-dollar real estate show with more drama than mansions. The houses are incredible but the elaborate LA lifestyle made my jaw drop more than once. You might find yourself more interested in the real estate agents’ wardrobes than the homes. Both are over the top!
Taking: a writing class online. I enrolled in a class with best selling author Bob Goff over the summer but time was so limited that I didn’t make it very far into the course. All of the lessons and coursework allow me to move at my own speed, so I’m anxious to get back to it now that Elijah is in school four days a week. The videos of Bob for each lesson are great because he’s a fabulous storyteller and is living an adventurous, joy-filled life.
What are you: Planning, Trying, Shopping, Reading, Loving, Watching, and/or Taking?