i always thought having a baby in october would be the dreamiest. born as the leaves change color and just in time for a long winter of snuggling up together in all the warm layers and wool socks in a room full of holiday decor. too bad ya can’t plan those sorts of things. never did get a baby in october (don’t think i didn’t try, folks) but i did get 5 little munchkins at other times of the year and by golly i have nothing to complain about when it comes to anything and everything and yes i still every single day think at multiple times during the day, “HOW DID I GET THIS LUCKY?”
5 beautiful babies to celebrate all 31 days of this glorious month with. pulling out all my beanies. making up excuses to walk through the park each day. dusting off the crock pot. trying to talk my family into eating chili every meal. ;) and doing my due diligence to have this apartment smell like cinnamon rolls as often as i can physically plop them into the oven. you know, just putting in all the effort to get my winter body in perfect winter shape. i freaking love you, october.
my kids (eleanor, mostly) have been talking and planning their halloween costume since before the 4th of july. eleanor wants to be a character from tron. don’t ask me which one, i haven’t seen the movie. but yes, tron has infiltrated our home the past several months in the kind of way where after cutting off my hair this summer, eleanor’s first comment upon seeing it was something along the lines of, “this is great, mama. you can be Quorra for halloween now.” (apparently, i have her haircut and we’re twinsies now.) halloween 2018 is going to be a lot of fun at our house. i can already tell.
we head to utah in the middle of the month to welcome home my little brother, isaac, who has been away in mexico for the last two years serving as a missionary for our church. i am so proud of my baby brother and how he has chosen to put the Lord first in his life and serve. i can’t wait to see him. and i can’t wait to be with all of my siblings again after two long years apart. in one of her letters to isaac, one of my sisters mentioned something conrad had said, and he replied back, “wait. conrad can talk?!” haha. forgot he left when conrad was so much smaller and it’s gonna be wild to introduce him to 2 brand new nieces and a new nephew (my sister’s baby, brody) when he arrives home. a lot has happened since he went away.
i haven’t been able to give as much attention to posts on this blog of mine lately, between the babies and working on other projects and things i am so very excited about and hope to share soon. finding time to juggle it all is so hard for me. i don’t know how people do it. thankful for the quickness and ease of social media and how it allows me to remain and feel somewhat connected to all of you when i can’t sit down and focus properly the attention i want to place here. but funnily enough, it’s this space i love the most. the blog. where i can write more, share more, not be forced into a tiny square photo and short caption of sorts. i just want to thank you for still being here even if i’m not here as regularly as i’d like. i’m grateful you still check in, and are patient with me.
happy first day of october! i hope the next 31 days are full of crisp apples and snuggles with your favorite people. maybe even lots and lots of cinnamon rolls, too. :)