Show & Tell and September Goals (all in one little post!)

Well, today is my very favorite day of the year.
I know…weird, right?  In case you’re wondering, my second favorite day of the year is December 24 ;).
These are the little facts about me that make me odd strange weird unique.
Random fact: I always wanted a September baby…and my first baby was a September baby…she just came 24 months after we started trying to have a baby.  God might have made me wait two years on her, but he gave her to me in September :).
I feel like we should do a little housekeeping before we get this random post where I’ve combined both Show & Tell Tuesday and my Monthly Goals.
If you’re a fall junkie like myself, then you should totally be checking out my foodie blog…because it’s all fall, fall, fall over there!
Annnnnd…if you’re already excited about Halloween, then you can see my Halloween recipes, here.
If you are a big pinner this time of year, then make sure you’re following my fall boards on Pinterest


And last but not least, Facebook is where I put a ton of things I find in store or online to wear this fall…so, if you want a heads up in your feed about a cute pair of booties or a scarf, then make sure you like my FB page :).
So, September 1 has always been my favorite day of the year because to me, it signals new beginnings (just like January 1).  It’s a fresh new school year, the season changes, pumpkins perch on porches, leaves fall from  trees, football is on TV…it’s warm, cozy and happy.  I love that today is the beginning of all that.
So from me to you, happy September 1st.
Okay, today is when we link up with Andrea to share our Show & Tell Tuesday and today’s topic is where were you on September 11?
On September 11, 2001, I was out jogging that morning before work (I was in college but that semester, I didn’t have classes on Tuesday and Thursday so that I could work all day…and then I went to class all day MWF).  When I came back into the apartment, the TV was on and the news had interrupted the programming because the first plane had hit the first tower.  I waited and watched and then the second plane hit.
I remember going to work and pretty much just sitting there all day watching the news on TV.  Our phones didn’t ring, we weren’t calling anyone, it was quiet and we watched the news.  I drove home at five and even though my commute wasn’t very far, there was always a lot of traffic and it would take me at least 30 minutes to get home…and when the radio station started playing Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA, I cried in my car.  I mean, it was such a heavy and sad day.  It’s one of those days that’s hard to understand…even all these years later, it’s hard to emotionally wrap your brain around that horrible time.
So, that’s where I was on September 11th.
Next time on Show & Tell Tuesdays, we’re sharing who we would invite to a dinner party at our house.
  And to see posts from the past…
(I was in China for the first two, so I wasn’t able to participate.)

And…because my goal today is to have the longest post ever…here are my little goals for September ;).  In August, I skipped my goals…but on September 1, I have a few things on my monthly to-do list to share with you…


1. Kensington’s Birthday Party.  Well, um, she’s not having a birthday party…she wants to visit the American Girl Doll store with Ebby Lee and then play with their loot when they get home.  So, that’s nice and easy…but, I still want to make that seem special.  I need to get on that like ASAP!  Also, her actual birthday is a school night, so I need to come up with something to make that evening special too.
2. Volunteer at school. Now that the big kids are both in school, I would like to volunteer up there at least once a week (if not maybe a little more!).  They’re really sweet about bringing younger siblings when you help, so Ashby and I will try to stop by to help this month.

3. Host dinner for one family.  I love have families over for supper!  This month, I’m going to invite one family over for dinner.  One of my very favorite things is sitting at the table and enjoying a meal with people.4. Clean, sort and donate clothes. ‘Tis the season for switching out clothes!  I need to go through all of our closets and donate the fall and winter stuff that doesn’t work any more, plus donate the spring and summer stuff that I don’t think will work next year.  I also need to move the swimsuits to the back and pull the leggings and such to the front.  Anyone want to come over and do this with for me????

5. Visit the eye doctor. Well, it’s finally time for me to attempt that again.  I’ve never been to the eye doctor and after two failed eye tests at my regular doctor’s office…I need to get my eyes checked.  I tried going over the summer but my childcare fell through at the last minute and I had to cancel…and then I got lazy and didn’t reschedule.  So…it’s time.

What are you guys up to this month???  You ladies give me the BEST ideas!  Back in June one of you commented about how you have five kids and so five nights a week, one kid gets to stay up later than the others and have some special time…and that is a brilliant idea!  We’ve been doing it since that comment was posted and my kiddos love it (and look forward to it!).  Each kiddo has their own night of the week and then the other two go to bed at their regular bedtime while the special kid gets to stay up 30 minutes later for uninterrupted mom and dad time.  My kids pick a whole variety of things for us to do during that time (board games, Uno, crafting, reading books, playing with Barbies, etc).  It’s always such a sweet little time.

Speaking of my sweet kids…

…they’re excited about Labor Day weekend…and in honor, I have my Labor Day menu up for you to see today.  Click here for an idea or two about what you should make this Labor Day.

Have a great Tuesday!

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  • Erika Slaughter September 1, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Yay for September 1st but boo for cleaning out closets. I always have the best feeling when that chore is OVER!!

  • emnitu September 1, 2015 at 10:15 am

    You amaze me! I'm sitting here nursing my youngest of three girls and checking to see if you posted your entry for the day. I live in Washington state and always try to calculate the time you wake up and "might" post if I'm up around that time. #stalkerstatus But seriously, I'm sure I'm not the only one inspired by you to be more organized, read more, work out, wake up earlier and satisfy a coffee craving in the middle of the day.

    • Sarah September 1, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      I'm from Washington state also and I also am up often nursing my little one! I totally get the #stalkerstatus I do the same thing.

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} September 1, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I need to tackle my closet immediately. It is an absolute mess, but I am THE WORST about getting rid of things. I'm always like "I know I haven't worn this shirt in 5 years, but what if I want to wear it tomorrow??!!??" UGH! I need to have you come over to clean out my closet. Would you mind? 😉

  • Narci September 1, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Woohoo!! Yay for September 1st!! Also, yay for K's birthday!! So fun!!

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} September 1, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Also, I didn't link up, so I thought I would share my story here. I was a 1st year Speech Pathologist, and I was working in an elementary school. That morning I was testing a little boy named Blaine for speech and language concerns. His grandfather had brought him in for the assessment, and Blaine was less than pleased to be there. He had a cochlear implant and he was the first kiddo with a cochlear implant that I had seen as an SLP. In the middle of the assessment, he all of a sudden decided he was DONE. He dove under the table. As I was trying to coax him out from under the table, one of the principals walked in to let me know what was happening in New York. The rest of the day they had the news on in the office, so during breaks, different groups of people would huddle in the office to watch the tiny t.v. A girl from my high school had her wedding in Boston that weekend, and my best friend Jill and her entire family were trying to get back to Texas that morning. I remember lots of tearful calls trying to figure out what plane they were on. Thankfully, they were safe, but the sadness for the thousands of others that weren't was overwhelming. I do remember being so proud of how everybody came together and it was amazing to see how many heroes emerged.

    • Lauren Salerno September 1, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      As an early intervention SLP it makes me sad to hear that that little boy was not being seen by an SLP already. However, it totally cracks me up that you were trying to coax him out from under the table. Definitely a typical day in the life of an SLP.

  • Jennifer Renda September 1, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I live outside of New York. I was at work and my boss was in NYC that day. I was summoned by my coworkers to the kitchen. I remember when the second plane hit, going to the phone to call my mom, a nurse, whos hospital was on stand by for victims. (They never came…) I woke my Dad up and told him we where under attack. My boss texted my coworker one word. "Safe". My other coworker was landing in Florida…. She called to let's us know she and her family where fine. I remember we closed early. On the drive home, I noted the lack of planes.
    My now husband was planning to go to the TWC mall that day. Getting called into work saved his life.

  • Tara G. September 1, 2015 at 11:25 am

    We were stationed in Alaska and my husband was gone on a trip out of the country. He called early and left a message and I could tell something was wrong. That day definitely changed and shaped our military years.

  • Jamie Allen September 1, 2015 at 11:39 am

    so GUESS WHAT? my daughter's name is SEPTEMBER! not even kidding! it really is!

  • jthmas September 1, 2015 at 11:59 am

    If you qualify, you should get Lasik eye surgery. Hands down, one of the best decisions I ever made!

  • Candice Ibarra September 1, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I'm from Long Island so September 11th hit very close to home. I still remember my fourth grade teacher running out of our classroom bc both her her husband and her son worked in the towers. Thankfully they both made it out safely. My dad worked in the city and I still remember him coming home and his car was completely covered in ash and debris. Very scary day. God bless the USA!

  • Lisa Nortman September 1, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    My Sept. 11th combines your Show & Tell and Goals…I was volunteering that week (Book Fair) at my daughter's school when the principal announced a news event. We sat and watched the news in disbelief. My daughter's teacher chose to not let the students view it. I remember walking out of the school that day, a beautiful Fall day with people mowing and even the way the air smelled like Fall and fresh cut grass, in disbelief at all that was happening. I guess I was actually able to combine 3 of today's post. Certainly a day I will never forget!

  • Katelyn Magerko September 1, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    The big question is…when will you start decorating for fall? I'm all in this weekend with or without my husband's approval!

  • Madeleine Gillingham September 1, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Your monthly goals have inspired me to start my own! Thanks so much for the great content day after day and for sharing your lovely family with the world! You brighten my mornings.

  • Karen September 1, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I was getting ready to head to my teaching job when the news broke on the Today show. It was my last day of work before my 2 weeks off for my wedding on September 15, 2001. The day felt surreal and I felt numb watching the tragedy unfold on tv. My fiancé (husband now:) and my parents came to my school and we discussed calling off the wedding. But then my fiery, determined mother-in-law called and informed us that she and my father-in-law had packed up their car and were driving from North Carolina to Colorado since they had grounded all planes. My brother and sister-in-law followed in their footsteps and drove 23 hours straight from Seattle to Colorado; my husbands brother and wife drove 24 hours from North Carolina; and numerous family members and friends were brave enough to get on the first planes allowed to fly on Friday morning to make it to the wedding. The weekend was bittersweet, full of sadness and joy (if that's possible). But in the end, as I looked out at the reception full of friends and family, it was exactly what we all needed – to be together and honor those whose lives were lost and changed forever, and all of the brave men and women who fought that day to save lives. I will never forget 9/11 as long as I live.

    • Kaylee September 1, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      What a bittersweet moment. This made me tear up.

    • Taylor and Robin September 10, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Made me tear up too – thanks for sharing!

  • Morgan Godbold September 1, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Yay for September 1st! My favorite season is fall! We welcomed it in at my house this past weekend by putting out our fall decor and smells! I love me some sweet cinnamon pumpkin by bath and body works! And this coming weekend kicks off college football! We are excited to see our Georgia Bulldogs take the field!

    Also, I love to organize, or as I call it Morganizing! I wish I could come and help you clean through your closets, but I'm all the way over here in Jacksonville, FL 🙁

  • lovejoy_31 September 1, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    It was my 24th birthday and I was at home having my 2nd miscarriage. Therefore, I was watching it live when the 2nd plane hit. It was truly the worst birthday EVER.

  • Mindy September 1, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Not sure if your American Girl Store has a Cafe, but I have taken my daughter twice to the AG store in NYC. It is a three story building and was so much fun. The best part was the lunch we had in their cafe! The food was super yummy too! A few people were celebrating birthdays in the cafe. They brought out a really cute pink cake and the entire restaurant sang. It was such a fun experience for my daughter. She is now 10 and somewhat out growing AG now though. Let me know if you want some pics from our day.

  • Nichole Mancone September 1, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I was working at a college outside of NYC on September 11. I remember getting the news that the first plane hit and then we watched as the second plane hit. You could see the smoke from the 6th floor of the residence hall I was in charge of. We had students walking to campus because their residence hall was next door to the WTC, we were trying to track down students who were interning at WTC, we were comforting students whose families, friends, etc. worked at WTC, and we had to find sleeping space (ultimately we used the basketball arena floor), for the thousands of commuter students who couldn't get home because the trains were shut down. I remember thinking after the planes first hit that I had to call my mom and let her know I was ok. That was the last phone call I was able to make for 2 days because the phone lines were down/jammed and I am so glad I had the wherewithal to do it.

  • Unknown September 1, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    So I would totally come clean out your closets! I love that and I could take any clothes you dint need!

  • Not A Mom September 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I love September but it is always such a hot month in Alabama that fall doesn't really hit here till October {sometimes November}! I'm with you though, I do love me some fall! Love your goals too, ugh I absolutely hate making those doctor appts so I understand the dread on that.

    Linds @ Not A Mom

  • Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld September 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Ahhhh, cleaning out closets… I'm about halfway through ours and still have a ways to go… I chose to decorate our house for fall last weekend instead of finishing the closets. ;o)

  • Kaylee Steiner September 1, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I love your goal posts! So inspiring with great ideas!

    On September 11, my family (of 9 kids and parents) plus my cousins family (of 6 kids and parents) had woken up early to catch a flight to California to go to Disneyland for the week. On our way over Nevada the pilot said there had been some attack and were still getting details but we had to land in Vegas. We finally got to Vegas and as a 10 year old, I was super confused what was going on. Then we walked off the plane and saw the news TV's in the airport. I will never have that image gone of those TV screens and tons of people just stopped, watching. We ended up having to stay the day in Vegas because all planes were being landed so that if there were more planes with terrorists they could/would shoot them down. With a group that big, we were a nuisance everywhere and all rental cars were gone, so we hurry and got greyhound bus tickets, spent the entire day at Circus Circus (awful!) and headed home on an overnight bus back home. We all hate Vegas now, and I live here right now and still hate it. It was so crazy to go inside casinos and the news was playing everywhere, but no one cared. They were so busy gambling they didn't even notice. It was sad.
    Last year I rewatched a lot of the news from that day and just cried. As a mom now and an adult, it is even harder to see what happened exactly. Such a senseless act that affected so many. SO sad and awful.

    Anyways, thanks again for your post! 🙂

  • Jes0586 September 1, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    I have lived in New York City for all my life. On September 11th I was in 10th grade. It was the 3rd day of school and I was walking into the building when the security guard told us that 1st period classes were not being released and all students coming into the school were being brought to the auditorium, gym and cafeteria. At the time we were not being told what was going on. A friend of mine was able to talk to her mom who told her what happened. After sitting in the auditorium for hours the Dept of Education decided that no students were being released unless a parent or approved guardian on the emergency contact card came to pick them up. My father spent the next 4 hours on the road picking my older brother and I up from school. Our schools were roughly 10 miles apart. School was then cancelled for the next day but my parents kept me home for the remainder of the week. My mom who was a teacher in NYC at the time stayed at her school till 10pm until all of her students were picked up.

  • Nicole September 2, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Yay! As far as I'm concerned September 1 is the first day of Fall 🙂

    Random question – what's your fitness routine look like when the kids are back in school? How many days and what do you do? Would LOVE to bounce off ideas & hopefully get some inspiration 😉 Thanks!

    Love your blog!

  • Deena September 2, 2015 at 1:33 am

    What a fun Birthday! Be sure and add the "Birthday Celebration" at American Girl. It adds very little to the cost, but the cake is so fun and the 2 girls will love the little extras that come along with it. You will have plenty of cake to take home.

    I hope you will still do a birthday sign even though you are not having a regular party. I love your tradition.