Tuesday, October 19, 2010


October is the busiest month of the year for our family, and though I crave simplicity, it is also my favorite.

Housework and schoolwork have been pared back for the month to just the essential (toilets, laundry, dishes, math, and reading). In their place, we have been enjoying: the parade and fair

A trip to visit family and several friends in NYC, as well as several other trips coming up soon.

My brother, finally back from Iraq, and a proposal to his love!

Running new paths, as I continue to train for my first marathon.

Enjoying delicious food (on my must-make list for fall:

A few more things we are loving right now:

-New neighbors, right across the street, with boys the same ages as ours, that also homeschool! We are thrilled, and our children are outside together, from dawn to dusk. Such a gift.

-Screen doors. When I have to be inside, I am so thankful to let the outside in, with the doors flung open. 

-Woodchuck Hard Cider. Autumn in a bottle.

-Sweater weather.

-The Farmer's market.

-Seasonal foods: roasted vegetables, soups, loaves of fresh bread, cider, apples, granola, pecans...

-Getting from here to there via foot or bike, or at least riding with the windows down.

-Learning through play. Right now my boys are in to writing secret notes in Egyptian Hieroglyphics and playing bingo (my 3 year old has learned to identify so many birds this way!).

-Speaking of learning, my boys (and all the other children in the neighborhood), were thrilled when the fire department showed up at our house (I burned a pot of beans...again...). The firemen were so, so nice, showing the children their gear, talking to them about fire safety, posing for pictures. Aside from feeling horribly guilty that I had wasted these very nice mens' time, it was a fun "field trip" for the boys! And we all got a good laugh when the fireman who was filling out the report asked "ma'am, are you running a day care?" When I looked confused, and said "No, why do you ask?" He said, "there are...just...so many...BOYS!!" haha :)

What are you loving this season?


  1. Daphne4:50 PM

    I absolutely adored the fireman's daycare comment! Your blogs are so precious to me. Thank you for sharing your life.

  2. woodchuck hard cider is good stuff!

  3. Laurel,
    I love everything about this post!! It was so good to see you tonight, even if it was between chasing our little ones. I was just telling Christy H. today that I don't get to see you much, but I wish I did. You look GREAT,btw!!

  4. I loved all the photos on this post. Where did you get your talent? Ha! Good post, Boo.

  5. Anonymous7:41 PM


    Ask Amy about the daycare thing. She actually had someone show up at her door with their kids in tow, planning to leave them with her! She had to tell them she DID NOT have a daycare (they were just her kids and mine).


  6. I haven't been to visit your blog in a while. (I haven't posted frequently but enjoy reading.) I really enjoyed this post, especially the story about the firemen coming to the house. My 2-year-old would have LOVED that. A few things I'm enjoying.....
    -the smell of a wood fire on a crisp autumn night in the neighborhood & also having a fire in our chiminea
    -cuddling up in bed with warm snuggly blankets and not putting the heat on yet
    -introducing fall to my 2-year-old son and making a fall sensory bin
    Just a few things I've enjoyed so far.

  7. LOL! That's hilarious (the fireman's comment)!

    Thanks for the link to the hieroglyphics, too! We're talking a lot about Egypt right now and briefly covered hieroglyphics. I think it would be a lot of fun to revisit that with this link.

    Glad you are enjoying your busy October. Love that top pick with the baby and balloon, too!

    Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  8. I love the yellow door and the balloon. Christopher Robin had one on hand when Pooh needed it.

  9. to answer your question: i am loving your blog!! and all of the pictures! and, that you are running a marathon and that i am so lucky to know you!! and, and, and...so many wonderful things in this weary old world to love! oh, and loving my fabulous book club!! and, loving getting to know you better!! and loving using all this exciting punctuation!