September 1, 2016

Boom! Fall!

September first, baby!

Autumn, I am SO ready for you! Bring on the apples! The falling leaves! The pumpkin spice everyfreakingthing! I am READY for fires in our fireplace, and pumpkins, and having our house be super chilly in the morning because it got down to 50 overnight and I left the windows open so wear your flannel footie pajamas, kids who can't stay under blankets!


I feel like there should be some fall memes here.

That's better, isn't it?

What was I saying? Oh yeah:

Summer 2016, don't let the door hit cha where the good Lord split cha, and in the words of Tom Petty, "Don't come around here no more."

Why the animosity? Well, let me break it down for you with a summary of my least favorite summer in remembered history. It started out with Travis having sciatica problems in May. He missed the last weeks of school, slept a lot from the muscle relaxers, and ate dinner on the floor. Then he went out of town for work. He was gone for most of June doing work for family while I was solo parenting. Then, while he started a (paying!) job building a garage, still out of town, Tee began teething. Four teeth came in at once and there was a lot of crying and not a lot of sleeping at night - for Tee or me. There was more solo parenting and in the end the exhaustion and stress caught up with me and I started to spiral. Thankfully my mom and Travis were able to step in and help before things were too late.

Then, for my 35th birthday my body decided to send a sudden burst of wiry grey hairs. : /

Travis was still working, and still an hour away from home, when one by one everyone but he and baby Tee came down with Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease. I was the hardest hit and tried to navigate back-to school everything (registration, bus info, supply purchases, doctor visits, unpack-your-bag, etc) while Lysoling the crap out of my house, keeping everyone quarantined, and trying to nap. It all came to an end with party planning, meeting with people about JF's food allergies and dual enrollment, finding out that Ben needs glasses, and L breaking her elbow.

There were a few highlights: like some really wonderful quality time with my in-laws, a fun day at the zoo, and lots of fishing while Travis was still recovering from the sciatic problems. And one day I took a three hour nap - that was amazing. But overall, we've had a rough go of things for awhile and I'm looking forward to things calming down a bit more. (Please, Jesus.+)

So good-bye Summer, and "Come to Mama, Autumn!"


  1. Here's to Fall! I'm hoping things turn around a bit with the new season too. If not, at least we're not alone?? haha Prayers for you friend!

  2. There are so many things that are so hard in this post. Solo parenting, hard teething babies, and hand, foot and mouth, which I live in fear of. I'm so sorry friend. Hoping your fall kicks a;@; to make up for your rough summer.

    Also, summer is gross.

  3. You had a seriously rough summer. Bring on the pumpkins!

  4. I hope fall delivers on all her promises! What a crappy summer. :(

  5. What a horrible summer for you guys! Hopefully things will calm down and get back to normal for you. Enjoy your everything pumpkin spice!

  6. I hear ya Bonnie! I definitely pray the fall goes well for you!

    I'm grateful summer 2016 is over, too. With my husband working 90 miles away, we sold our house, which took longer than expected and was not easy with three boys 5 and under. We couldn't find a house or decent rental for the longest time and finally ended up with an apartment which is actually (mercifully) really nice. We moved and had vacation with my husband's family and started at a new school all in the course of a week and a half. We survived it, but I'd like to not repeat this summer.

    We miss our friends desperately, but I'm looking forward to forming new relationships in our new town and FINALLY settling into a routine here. We haven't had a decent routine since May and it's driving me insane.

  7. I often look forward to autumn because I have often had morning sickness in the summer. But this year I realized I'm so looking forward to summer being over just because --- who is this person I have become?? Hope things settle down for all of you!

  8. Fully on the I love Fall bandwagon! Prayers Fall can be the turn around for y'all.

  9. Oof. How rough. I hope and pray you get a much-needed break in this new season!!