State of Affairs, October Edition

October was one of our busiest months in a long time.  I started out feeling very overwhelmed with all we had planned, but it turned out to be a pretty successful month on the whole.


We kicked off October with a trip to see The Fresh Beat Band live in concert.  It was the girls' first live show of any kind, and they really had a great time.  It was so fun to see their amazement that the Fresh Beat Band members they love so much were right there on the stage.  Mackenzie kept waving at them, saying "Hi Kiki!  Hi Marina!"...and then I died of the cuteness.


After the Fresh Beat Band, we had birthday parties two Saturdays in a row, then family pictures on a warm Sunday afternoon.  We watched our town's Homecoming parade and spent an evening at a fall festival at a local elementary school, where Mackenzie rode a pony for the first time.  (Afterward, she proclaimed, "I think I'm pretty good at that!"  Addison was pretty nervous and decided not to ride.)  The following Friday, we left out bright and early, headed to Mobile for a wedding weekend.

We all needed a break after that, so the last weekend of the month was a quiet one at home, thankfully.  Finally, we ended the month on a great note with some fun trick-or-treating for my two butterflies.

"Butterfly fairies"

I don't even know...

It was a whirlwind of a month and we were all ready for a rest by the end, but we had a blast in October!

Books read:  2
I'm kind of in a book rut here...not really sure what that's about, but it's probably mostly due to the fact that I always start to feel a little overwhelmed this time of year.  Between holiday planning, regular work stuff, approaching exams and papers for my students, and all the aforementioned fall activities, I don't feel like I have a lot of time left for reading.  I'm determined to power through it though; this month, I'm giving myself permission to purchase a book I really want to read (that I can't find in the library), even if I have to pay full price for it (gasp!).

The Story of Us--A YA book about a girl on the cusp of major changes.  Just about ready to leave home for college, Cricket is making big decisions about the future of her relationship with her longtime boyfriend, Janssen.  I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either.  It was just...meh.  Felt like it took forever to read, which I think contributed to my reading rut.

Looking for Alaska--Written by the highly-regarded YA author John Green, this book has been on my list for awhile.  I devoured it in the weekend we spent in Mobile, mostly on the ride home.  Beautifully written and haunting, this is one I most definitely recommend.

Ehh, not a whole lot of time for any of it this month.  Jeremy has joined me in watching Nashville, adding one more show to our weekend rotation.  We record our shows during the week, then watch them together on the weekend when we're home together.  I love our routine, though yes, I realize that makes me sound old and lame. 

Are you watching Nashville?  Any favorite new shows this season?

-- I made an outfit that I gave as a gift for the first time.  My sewing is nowhere near perfect, but I'll keep practicing.
-- Christmas craft planning is in full swing!  Seen any cute ideas lately??
-- I am SO happy crockpot and soup weather is here.  Potato soup on tap for the weekend!!

Can you believe it's November already?  Can you believe I've nearly made it through the whole year with these State of Affairs posts?  I can't...I never follow through with anything!  


  1. Girls are gorgeous!!!

    I love reading money books and I have nice girls don't get rich too as well as the Dave Ramsey one. Can't wait to get into those.

  2. I am so proud of you for sewing a gift! That's awesome!

    And I'm all excited about Christmas crafts, too. :) I'm making magnets for our friends and family this year, using the girls' thumbprints. Last year we did bookmarks, and those went over really well. I love that it's something with some actual utility to it. I have seen a ton of great ornament crafts, too. I've just got to do some pep talks (with myself!) before I get out paint with the girls. ;)

    So glad you made it through your busy October, and had fun doing it! Sometimes I pause to think how busy the days and weeks seem...I cannot fathom what it could be like when the girls are 8 or 10 and sports and school factor in, too!

  3. Must. Start. Holiday. Sewing. UGH!

    I'm in agreement to the overwhelming feeling, and I'm not trying to hit homeruns over here! There is just so much in the next 8 weeks! GASP! 8 WEEKS!

    Kudos to you for keeping it together. I would have order that book already!

  4. I love the idea of a "State of Affairs" monthly entry - very cool!

    Your daughters are beautiful. I have (nearly) four-month old twin daughters - can't believe they will look as grown up as yours someday! :)

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