September Happenings

After a really fun but very busy July and August, it was so nice to take things a bit slower in September. We started the month with a trio of saint celebrations. September 1st is Saint Beatrice's feast day, so we invited Betsy's godfather over for dinner. I made this easy paella dish and served Trader Joe's churros for dessert. 




Over Labor Day weekend, we had four other families over to celebrate Mother Teresa's canonization. They actually each brought over delicious Indian dishes, while we provided the rice, salad, and mango sorbet. We decorated with a rasterbated Mother Teresa poster, some of our favorite quotes of hers on the fridge, and a $4 Vatican flag. Easiest party ever! And then on September 8th, we made cupcakes to wish Mary a happy birthday.


On Labor Day, we crossed the last item off our summer bucket list by going to the zoo. It was cold and gray, so I think summer was pretty much over, but, hey, it still technically counts.




Claire's first day of preschool was a big one for our family, because Adam was also gone on his first business trip! He was gone for a little over twenty-four hours to present at a conference in the bay area. His presentation went really well, as did my twenty-four hours of solo parenting. We're certainly spoiled that his job very rarely involves travel.



While Claire's at preschool three afternoons a week, Maggie, Betsy, and I are out running errands. But when Claire's at Catechesis, we just come home for Betsy to have her morning nap while Maggie and I get to have some one-on-one time together. Sometimes we like to make a dessert to enjoy on the weekend and sometimes we like to paint.







The last Saturday in September, we took a day trip to Bainbridge Island with our good friends the Clarks. We had a fantastic time walking on the beach at Fay Bainbridge Park, eating a delicious Italian lunch at Via Rosa 11, playing on the awesome playground at Battle Point Park, and ending with ice cream at Mora Creamery.



I just realized Maggie is wearing the same heart dress in every picture! Here's proof that she does have other clothing. Of course, September as a mother of small children means switching all of their clothing out for the winter. Claire and Maggie exclusively wear dresses and leggings, which makes things really simple. That's actually pretty much what I wear too, although it's kind of hard to find long-sleeved casual nursing-friendly dresses. So far, I ordered this one from ModCloth and got a navy cardigan from Target to layer over some of my short-sleeve dresses. Dresses are a little difficult to crawl in, so Betsy only wears them to church. I really like the onesies that Baby Gap calls "body doubles." They're onesies that look like shirts. Basically, they're really cute while still keeping her tummy covered. Oh, and when I had a credit and a coupon for Boden, I couldn't resist the world's cutest pair of overalls. 

Now it's October, the month of changing leaves, a field trip to the pumpkin patch, Halloween costumes, and that sweet little girl up above's third birthday. Hooray!

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