Thursday, September 01, 2011

Good Bye Summer

A Sailboat on Lake Michigan in Chicago.

Welcome September.

I am having mixed feelings about leaving summer behind this year.  It's very strange, because normally I am so excited for September to arrive, for school to start, for the first BYU football game of the season, for autumn weather...

...this year I am kind of dreading it.  But only because that means that winter is close on its heels.  And I'm not ready for winter!  I didn't get enough summer this year!

On the other hand, I really am excited for all of the above mentioned things to happen.  Something about August tends to turn me into a big old bump on a log who sits around doing nothing.  The arrival of September usually pulls me right out of that and gets me off my duff and sticking to a schedule and doing things again.  And this year is no different.

My new planner arrived yesterday.  I'm so excited to have a brain again!  And to fill it with stuff.  And yes, I am aware I have a smart phone, but what I don't have is a creative phone.  I think that's why I insist on the paper planner.  It's pretty to look at, I can draw pictures and doodle and cross things out and journal, and I just don't think there's an app for that.

I have been working hard on our Back-to-School Feast.  Joel and I have come up with a theme for the year that we feel our family needs.  I've made the sign and plan to get the crowns done today or tomorrow.  We have the menu ready to go.  I'm excited!  The day before school starts has become one of my favorite days of the year thanks to this tradition.

I've been a little nervous this year about how many students I will or won't have.  I'm kind of worried I'm not going to have enough to cover the new fridge I just bought.  (Oh yeah, my fridge died, and it's not like you can really live without one, so I bought a new one.)  Students are trickling in, though, and I just have to trust that the Lord will take care of us, just like He always has, even though I am biting my nails a lot.  Sometimes (like right now) paying tithing hurts a little, but I know that those are the times that we can see the blessings even more clearly than usual.  So I'm trusting.  And trying not to worry.

I have a list a mile long of things I need to accomplish this month.  It's daunting, but I am excited to send my children off to school so I can be productive again.  Does that sound awful?  I do love being with my children, no question about it, but I think I'm ready for them to go to school, for a more rigid schedule, and for the strange power the television set holds over them to be vanquished.  Even if that means I have to get up at the crack of dawn to make peanut butter sandwiches...

I guess I'm glad about September being here, after all.  Just as long as winter can wait until after Thanksgiving this year.


Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I thought UT winters were bad. And then I read about yours last year. Sigh. I don't envy you. But you do have the most beautiful fall I have ever seen, so I guess that is a little compensation, right?
    I love having pretty notebooks as well.
    Can you send me some info on your back to school feast? Keith starts school next year, and I would love to do this, but need a little direction.

  2. I don't welcome September at all. In fact, it's kind of depressing.
    But this I can say - pay tithing when it hurts is EXACTLY how is should be!

  3. So glad I'm not the only one who lets August take over. I'm already feeling like I can be more involved with things.

  4. Considering how late spring came to so much of the states, you shouldn't have to look for winter until after Christmas at least!

    Happy back-to-schedule!

  5. Great pic. Love the feast idea, makes the kids associate the beginning of school with something happy.

    I know how you feel about the tithe. I find it's one of the toughest tests. Seems the One Above always makes it so that if you could just use that money you could cover everything. Very tempting.

    The way I always try to think about it to make it easier is that it's not my money I'm giving away. Out of every $10 G-D gives me, 9 are mine and 1 is his. So using it for my personal purposes is stealing money that's not mine. Looking at it that way makes it easier to part with than thinking that I have to give MY money away when I'm not sure yet where the mortgage payment is coming from.

  6. HOw funny that the first BYU game is on our countdown too. We are such nerds. Can't wait to see your back to school dinner post!

  7. I always love September for the same reasons. I love having a schedule, being organized and I too love to doodle on something - You cannot doodle on a smartphone!!

    Have Fun!

  8. Meanwhile, everyone in Phoenix is hoping the the coming of September means the departure of 110 degree days...

  9. I have that same trepidation about winter too. I should just enjoy the season. (and ours is not as brutal as yours...guess i need a blue light this year) I'm excited to see your amazing back to school feast!