Hi friends! Happy first day of fall! I haven’t been around too much lately because honestly, I’ve just been trying to survive. Last time we caught up I was in SoCal for a friend’s wedding, but a lot has happened since then so let me catch you up.
First of all, besides my old roomie getting married in California, my best friend of the past 23 years got married to her best friend. (I guess I’ll step aside for him.) Both Shay and Katarina had amazing weddings and beautiful days to celebrate, and most importantly, I was so proud to be able to stand by both of their sides.
With one last wedding this summer, my girlfriends and I got together earlier in August to celebrate our last 2019 bride in Saratoga Springs, NY. Let me tell you, that sleep update town knows how to party. We had an amazing weekend at the racetrack, and eating our way through town.
Oh yeah, and did I mention, I didn’t get one, but TWO new jobs. One was a much anticipated promotion at work. Defiantly something that is going to keep me busy and growing for the next few years. The second…. Well, I’m baaack! Fun fact, I coached high school cheer for eight years, both in Connecticut and California. I took the past five years off but this year I am returning to coach 29 amazing girls at my alma mater, and wow they keep me busy!
Ironically, I haven’t felt more at home in a long time.
What does this mean for me? Well my weekdays are shot now and I’ve officially said goodbye to Friday nights with my girlfriends for the foreseeable future. But my planner and to do lists have been key the past few weeks. I’ve been juggling my added responsibilities at work, my new schedule, and social and family time pretty well so hopefully it stays like that.
But just because this summer has been pretty busy, doesn’t mean my fall is going to be any different. The next few months are jam packed but there are a few things that have been keeping me going.
A few weeks ago, my girlfriends and I took one of our friend’s two and half year old to Lyman Orchard here in Connecticut. They have a super popular sunflower maze that we knew Kieran would LOVE. Chasing after him in the winding maze, following his giggles was a perfect way to start our Sunday. It was a great way to celebrate summer here in Connecticut and get outside bright and early.
Pro Tip: This is seasonal in Connecticut and only open for about a month and half. Get there early. The maze opened at 10 and we were there right at opening. When we headed out at 11, the place was slammed!
I’ve really been soaking up all the me time this summer. I appreciate the few nights a week I have to myself and I am not running onto the next scheduled appointment or gathering. This summer I have been reading a lot of Elin Hilderbrand. Summer on the island is everything for a New Englander so getting lost in her books put a big smile on my face.
And during this me time, all summer, I’ve been living off of my Candlefish candle from my trip to Charleston. It’s been burning 24/7 and the natural scents are everything. Because I don’t love the fruity and flowery scents of the summer, these earthy aromas can bring me right into the fall, which is just around the corner.
This fall I have a few trips planned, Friday night football games, and all the fall activities. Pumpkin picking, apple picking, apple cider donuts, pumpkin spice lattes. Super basic and I am living for it.
What are you look forward to this fall?? Can you believe summer is gone!!