The Adventure Starts Here: Currently | September 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Currently | September 2016

I love "currently" posts because I love documenting what's going on at the moment.  I'm a huge fan of making digital scrapbooks (both for our family and for Noah) as well as using this blog as a scrapbook of sorts.  I've been doing "currently" posts for a while now, but changed up the format at the beginning of the year.  Here's what I've been up to in September...

Cooking/Baking:   I'm happy to say that I've been cooking more and back into meal planning.  While Chris still works late many nights, I'm back to making dinners that can be reheated easily.  I've also been baking more this month... breads and muffins are my favorite!

Eating: Chipotle... might as well with the "Kids Eat Free" on Sundays in September!

Smelling: Fall candles burning!  I absolutely love the smell filling the house!

dishtowel and candle (Target)

Wanting: this wide angle lens.  I think it would be great for when I photograph my home decor.  I also think it would be handy when photographing in small rooms where I can't back up far enough.  

Looking:  for birthday gifts for Noah.  I am personally leaning towards gifts that have a learning aspect to them since he has so many "toys" already.  What do your 4 year olds love???   

Loving: The cooler weather!  I'm loving that it's chilly in the mornings and evenings and rather pleasant during the days.  I sure hope we get a long "fall" this year!   

Enjoying:  Our afternoons spent outside.  We have gotten into the routine of taking afternoon walks around the neighborhood with Noah in the stroller.  And Noah rides his bike either around the cul-de-sac or to the playground before or after our walk.  Noah just got a new bike.  He's still getting used to riding a real bike versus his big wheel, but he's doing great.  

Hoping:  we have a long Fall and a mild Winter.  I really love spending time outside!  

Needing:    I was going to say I needed to buy some mums to decorate the porch, but I ended up doing that yesterday!  I can officially say that we are ready for Fall!  

Wishing: my bathrooms would clean themselves.  Is there really more explanation needed?

Drinking: anything but a PSL.  While I love Fall, I just am not a fan of PSLs.  First off, I don't like coffee, and while I'm starting to enjoy more pumpkin flavored things, it's not my favorite flavor by any means! 

Feeling: bless and lucky that Noah is healthy!  September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month and it breaks my heart whenever I hear about kids being sick!  I learned about this awesome idea from a fellow blogger and immediately knew I wanted to help out. 

Brittany, who blogs at Just Another Day in Paradise, has a neighbor who lost their little boy, Noah, last June to pediatric cancer. But before he went to heaven, he sure left his mark on the world by starting something called Noah's Bandage Project. Here's a quick background... at the young age of 6, while going through his own treatment, he quickly realized how un-cool it was to just have the boring skin colored bandages all over his body with all the pricks and pokes that comes with treatment for pediatric cancer. If he felt that way, he knew other kids did too. He started a drive to collect fun bandaids (that all our kids love) and distributed them to other kids at Children's Mercy Hospital in downtown Kansas City. What started as a small drive, turned into something much bigger. The KC Royal's got involved, the KC news, etc. While he did end up passing away in June 2015, his family and friends are working hard to ensure this amazing project lives on.  

So Noah and I stopped by the bandaid aisle during our latest Target run.  I explained to Noah that there are some kids who are very sick and have to get needles a lot. Considering how much he loves his character bandaids, I asked him if he thought other kids would like to have fun bandaids over the regular plain kind.  He of course agreed and helped me pick out a few boxes... some he thought boys would like and some for the girls too :)

If you'd like to donate some fun bandaids, you can send them to the following address...
Noah's Bandage Project
119 N Parker Street Suite 110
Olathe, KS 66061

Planning:  Noah's 4th Birthday Party!  We have the place booked and invitations have been sent out. Since we are having it outside the home where they take care of almost everything, I just need to make a trip to Party City and get all the paper products and decorations.  While Pinterest parties are fun, after having Noah's party outside the house last year, I've decided this is the way to go!

Wearing:  lace up flats 

Watching: Fall television!  I love this time of year when all the shows come back and there are some new ones to check out.  A few of my summer season shows had their finales... like Rizzoli and Isles and Big Brother!     

Listening to: Young House Love Has A Podcast!  I love their blog so it's no surprise I love their podcast too!  

Reading:  My goodness, I just can't get back into the groove of reading for myself!  But the good news is we've been reading more at night with Noah.  We've been reading some new Halloween books and loving them.  Every night, Noah picks out 3 books... one that I read, one for Chris to read, and one for him to read.  And no, Noah can't read yet (wouldn't that be crazy), but he has memorized Brown Bear, Brown Bear... so we read it every single night :)  

What have you been up to this month?  

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  1. It's currently day for lots of people today. I think I need to try a what's up Wednesday approach to mine like Stephanie did. It's pretty much the same thing right?

    So you drink hot tea instead right? I was hoping for a mild winter too, because I HATE the COLD. But we had one last year and I don't think we will be that lucky again.

  2. Do you have magnatiles? My kids love those!

  3. What's the theme of Noah's party? Connor picked Pokemon and I'm less than thrilled but we did pick a fun location so... I think my job is going to be real simple this year and I like that a lot.

  4. We do three books every night. I say pick three because you're three. I'm going to have to change my strategy as my daughter gets older :) I've got this fun drill kit toy on my radar for Christmas for Olive - I've heard such good things about it!!

  5. I hate PSLs too! I'm all about the caramel apple spice and heard it might be back. I'm going to need to go to Starbucks asap and check it out!

  6. I love how you make scrapbooks! I fail in that area. And now you’ve convinced me that I need that lens as well. I’m hoping for the long fall as well. You know, if it ever shows up around here. So exciting to be planning a birthday party. Is the theme Octonauts? What fall tv shows are you watching?


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