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Friday, September 05, 2008

Autumn simplification

We have received a lovely cold front these last few days that has made it downright chilly. And I must say, I am loving it. It started to warm up again today, so I don't know if it's going to last much longer, but it's still a sign that fall is coming. And fall is my favorite! I love the turning leaves, the gorgeous blue of the sky that happens only in autumn time, I love pumpkins and apples and cinammon, and my whole house is pretty much decorated in fall colors. Much as I loved living in Arizona, this season was the one thing that I truly missed.

I don't know if it's because of the season itself or because of school starting, but I am always so much more productive these last few months of the year. It is truly a new beginning for me. It has been lovely having Chloe gone to Kindergarten in the afternoons (does that make me a bad mom that I enjoy my time away from the kids?). Since Sophie is sleeping at that time I have been able to get an awful lot accomplished. It's only Friday morning and I have already accomplished more since Monday than I probably did the entire summer!

I believe that all the simplifying I have tried to do this year has helped my disorganized self so much. Of course, I am still trying to simplify things. This month I focused on my schedule. For the past two years, fall has been so crazy busy that I don't have much time to actually enjoy it. I'm still busy, but I worked out my schedule in a way that allows me to really spend time with the kids after school. It is so much better! I also have a lot less students, due to the nature of the economy right now. Voice lessons are an extra, and I understand that. I decided I wasn't going to stress out about what that means for us financially. I'm just going to enjoy the time I have with my family and trust that the Lord will take care of us.

After all, He always does.


  1. I do wish that I could get on top of being organized in my house. It seems impossible with school, the kids activities, homework, working out and everything else but maybe someday.

  2. I love the fall I wish it lasted a little longer. Enjoying the time alone is not bad. I put Tanner in the afternoon calls just for that reason. my two girls take a nap then, I unplug my phone and close the blinds. For about 2 hours it's all about me. Rob loves it I enjoy my kids better and my husband. Your doing better then I am it sound like you clean, good job!! I too know the Lord will take care of us. Keep up the faith.

  3. I love fall too!! You are doing awesome and I am always amazed at what you get accomplished! Fall brings back so many memories that make me smile as you kids were growing up! I'm thankful for those memories!And watching you raise your daughters always does that for me too.l

  4. 3 Things: 1-What a happy post! Made me feel so good. 2-I am so jealous that Cedar City has already begun to feel like Fall....meanwhile, I am feeling relieved when it reaches only 89. *sigh* I miss Cedar. Badly. 3-No, you are NOT a bad mom for enjoying time away from your kids!! It's those little breaks that allow us to recharge our batteries and be ever more cheerful, efficient and on-the-ball when our sweet ones are home again!

  5. I have a serious problem going with the flow, I do believe. Right now I'm working SO much and I stress about that -- and heavens knows when I'm working not enough I stress about that as well.
    fired. :)

  6. Hi Lara! I'm jealous! Even though I live in AZ and our Fall doesn't bring us colors, I still get that feeling of "fall in the air" when the weather starts to cool off and it makes me so excited for winter I can hardly stand it. Now I really can't wait. Just the sun starting to set earlier gets me going too. I love fall!

  7. Fall is my favorite time of year, too, and I always feel like a different person at that time, since I'm also way more productive then. Hot weather just turns my brain to jelly. Maybe that's part of why I'm so excited to have moved to the Northwest—nearly every day is a cool day, so I feel so much more alive!

    Hang in there, and enjoy that time to yourself! You've earned it!

  8. Ahh, now I see why the need for such warm clothes. We're still in the 100's here. 2 more months and we'll be in pants, too.

    I think it's great that you have time away from the kids. It makes you appreciate them so much more!