Memory-a-Day in September

Saturday, September 1st: Debating a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Better Buzz, then deciding against it.

Sunday, September 2nd: Listening to Joey recap our day and realizing how truly good it’d been.

Monday, September 3rd: Walking through a bustling food hall and thinking how cool it was in there.

Tuesday, September 4th: Eating dinner outside and realizing it’s getting darker much earlier now.

Wednesday, September 5th: Wondering how Joey could possibly hear the soft crinkle of some tissue paper as I attempted to covertly wrap his anniversary present in our bedroom.

Thursday, September 6th: Cheersing spoonfuls of s’mores ice cream, watching Big Brother and trying to get our dog to hold hands with us.

Friday, September 7th: Getting smacked in the face with a rank smell during the Rockies game and wondering where it was coming from and when it would go away.

Saturday, September 8th: Pulling into a parking lot at Kenosha Pass and being truly wowed by all the gorgeous yellow leaves!

Sunday, September 9th: Walking home with an iced coffee in one hand and a pumpkin spice latte in the other.

Monday, September 10th: Having my sister over and getting a text saying “I had a lot of fun hanging out with you guys” after she’d left and gone home ♥

Tuesday, September 11th: Holding a pint of freshly picked strawberries up to my nose and breathing in the sweetest smell.

Wednesday, September 12th: Trashing half of my iced coffee because, after a few weeks of not drinking any, half the glass was pa-lenty!

Thursday, September 13th: Feeling flustered by my dog barking at everything on our walk, starting dinner later than planned and the grill running out of propane.

Friday, September 14th: Preparing for GABF by marking breweries to visit and making a list of which beers to try.

Saturday, September 15th: Feeling my age as I stood in line at a movie theater packed with high school students and thinking they were all annoying.

Sunday, September 16th: Walking into a little alcove of Aspens with bright yellow leaves and feeling immensely happy.

Monday, September 17th: Offering to make dinner for Joey and listening to the Emmys in the background.

Tuesday, September 18th: Seeing a kid and his mom decked out in their Hogwarts robes ahead of us in line for Potted Potter.

Wednesday, September 19th: Walking past some weeds that were swarming with bees and feeling really freaked out about it.

Thursday, September 20th: Walking across the street to the grocery store with both my parents and remarking how nice it was to spend some solo time with them.

Friday, September 21st: Laying in bed post-GABF and watching a video I’d taken at the beginning of the night of Mason riding our bouncy blue cow ♥

Saturday, September 22nd: Sitting on our porch swing while Joey worked on repainting our picket fence and soaking up the perfect late afternoon weather on the first day of fall.

Sunday, September 23rd: Eating lunch outside on our backyard and getting up to look for our pup, who was curled up in the sunshine of an empty space in our garden.

Monday, September 24th: Trying to pretend I wasn’t dozing off as we drove home from Red Rocks after the Beck concert.

Tuesday, September 25th: Chatting with the two gals next to me at book club about how much we loved the book.

Wednesday, September 26th: Eating a whole wheat applesauce muffin on the couch while watching the Big Brother finale.

Thursday, September 27th: Standing in the audience clapping along to “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo” with (probably) a big dumb grin on my face.

Friday, September 28th: Telling Joey “we can leave early, I’ve already seen enough fireworks!” after seeing four home runs at the Rockies game.

Saturday, September 29th: Feeling Mason’s little hand wrapped tightly around my finger while we sat on a swing together ♥

Sunday, September 30th: Chanting “BEAT LA!” at the end of the Rockies game.

An Alternate Summer Bucket List

I originally wrote this post earlier in the summer, when I had barely made it through any of the things I had imagined myself doing that season.  Since then, we crossed off a bunch of “Summer Bucket List” items, but I wanted to share it anyway, as a reminder that it’s completely okay to take summer at your own pace and maybe not get to all the things you thought you were going to get to.  There are plenty of future summers for those things and in the meantime, you might just discover happiness in a whole slue of unplanned activities 🙂

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When I looked at my Summer Bucket List, hanging on the magnetic board in our kitchen, with just two items crossed out, I felt sad.  But then I thought of all the wonderful and fun things I did this summer that weren’t on that list and I felt sad no more.  I didn’t fail, I just wrote the wrong list!

What if, instead of spending most of our time trying new things, we just fine tuned/perfected/cemented our love for old things/routines/habits/experiences.  Getting better at stuff you already know you love is totally an accomplishment to me.

We went to the Farmers’ Market every Saturday we could and knew the best tents for tomatoes and just how much we could fit into my bike basket (even if we still bought more than that every time…).

We watched Dirty Dancing at Film on the Rocks and knew you forego the tailgate in favor of a amphitheater picnic because it means getting in earlier and grabbing a better seat.

I went to Yoga on the Rocks, not once but twice!  We went to so many good concerts and even upped our tailgate game by buying an actual table to sit at.

I baked ALL THE THINGS.  If weekly pie/cobbler/cake is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.  But don’t worry, we still made time for a trip to the ice cream parlor too.

We dined al fresco so many times and didn’t take a single backyard dinner for granted because they are, arguably and low key-ly, the best part of summer.

I read and ran and relaxed.  Uptight might be my middle name, but when there’s corn to grill and hammocks to read/nap in, who has time to worry about how clean (or dirty) their kitchen floor is.

I got a new grill and we found that sweet spot between BBQing for a group and just grilling up a quick dinner for ourselves.  In the end, that mostly means we just ate a lot of good things this summer.

Don’t even get me started on our little garden that I love with all my heart.  We were so much more organized and prepared this year and it was so fun to see new things grow and have that 10-minutes to water and admire all those cute little vegetables after work.

And let’s not forget weddings and vacations and weekends spent with our families that could have been stressful but ended up being relaxing and rejuvenating and a good reminder that despite all the bad things in the world, you have your people and they have you.

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So today, we say goodbye to Summer 2017 and hello to the official fall season and I’m feeling really good about it all ♥