It’s hard to believe September has come and gone, but here we are!! Maybe I will stick with these monthly recaps on the ‘ole blog 🙂
We kicked off September with a Labor Day weekend day trip to Fargo. The kids and I had a blast visiting the Red River Farmer’s Market downtown. I really miss the Farmer’s Market where we lived in Kentucky and Nashville’s Farmer’s Market is my all-time fave, so I was super excited to explore Fargo’s happenings! The first time I saw downtown Fargo was when I ran through it during the half marathon in May and I knew I wanted to come back and see it. We’d been to Fargo dozens of times before, but we usually stay in the main shopping area where all the franchinse-y stuff is.
The weather was beautiful – warm, sunny, and perfect for the day.
After crossing the main drag, we were greeted by some amazing chalk art. This one blew me way…I mean, how beautiful is this?!
The set up when you walk in is super cute, so we snagged a quick picture before heading in to shop.
They had a neat little lawn area with fake grass, a stage for musicians, and some awesome lawn toys.
We turned around in this little parking area and accidentally stumbled across a really cool set of old train cars painted with cool murals. Aren’t artists amazing?!
Next, we hightailed over to the mall area and did a little shopping after downing some mall hot pretzels. It brought back major memories growing up and eating pretzel’s at Hot Sam’s at the ‘old Fashion Square Mall in Michigan 🙂
The kids also had fun playing in the play area. Scott does NOT like these places because of the germs, but as couples usually are…I’m super opposite and say, “Go for it.” Schools are probably much germ-ier than here!!
And we picked out some Christmas ornaments 🙂
I told Tanner our house might get egged putting these in our front yard. We shall see if it comes true!!
Leah is starting to get more detailed in her drawings. It brings back memories of Tanner doing the same thing. So crazy she will be 4 in not too long!!
We also spent some time with our friends down at the lake. We are super blessed to live less than a mile from a great place to let the kids explore and have fun.
Little Leah started pre-school! She is doing great and I hear she’s pretty quiet??? If that’s true, I am majorly confused because she is anything but at home 🙂 She is a STRONG woman already!!!
I was able to pick her up from her first day even though she normally rides the bus. We got home, read two books, and she was OUT!!!
We had a fun night with my co-workers kids…as we always do when they are together!
I ran the Sioux Falls Half Marathon…I think my 12th one. It was an awesome race and I’m so glad I knocked it off the list of states I’ve run!!
Only in South Dakota would they serve beef sandwiches post-race.
One of my favorite parts of the run was getting back to my hotel with time to grab the free breakfast, sit on the couch in the room, watch the news, and scarf down a ton of carbs 🙂
Our school’s homecoming was early this year and I always try to sneak over to supervise roaming middle schoolers near where Tanner’s class sits. It’s fun watching him have fun with his buddies.
What would a midwestern homecoming be without a cow?! There’s a cheese factory in town, so obviously, I got a ton of free cheese sticks during the parade 🙂
We popped over to the local cancer walk in town and walked the track a few times. The kids liked getting their faces painted.
Scott was able to sneak over to have lunch with Leah at school. I am SO thankful he’s doing this because my dad did it all the way through college with me!! His constant presence was a reminder of how much he loved me, AND that if there ever was a problem, he wouldn’t be shy about showing up at school 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Hopefully Scott can carry on that tradition with our kids 🙂
As the month came to a close, the temperature started to drop, leaves began to fall, and we finally could turn the air conditioning off. Pumpkin bread has been DOWNED already. And yes, my husband, the brownie edge stealer, also eats pumpkin bread this way.
Leah got a new Bible from church and she’s been “reading” it before bed. Super cutie.
Tanner and Scott went duck hunting on opening day and Tan got his first duck! He got a wood duck; there were smiles all around.
He was also excited that this shirt his Uncle Ryan and Aunt Jen got him years ago finally fits 🙂
He also started Boy Scouts and is in full swing selling popcorn. Isn’t it weird when your own kids get to the fundraiser stage?! It just brings back so many memories from when I was in Girl Scouts or doing fundraisers for sports.
We were lucky enough to have two weekends at home this month and our Saturday mornings look like this:
We also took advantage of some fall activities at the park making popcorn balls, painting pumpkins, and eating caramel apples.
The end of September forced us to turn on our heat. Tanner forgot his coat when we went to the park, so being the good dad that he is, Scott gave him his. Nice, eh?!
And of course…more cheese.
And one more sweet Bible picture to round out the month.
All in all, September has been good! Tanner plays soccer twice a week and Leah started dance. Tanner also started Tae Kwon Doe. They’re both loving it all and the busyness is just starting…but I know it’s nothing compared to my friends who have older kids. I’m glad we are taking advantage of what our little community has to offer! School is back in full swing so we are back in the routine of early bed times (did that every stop though? lol), early wake ups, semi-rushed mornings, and a whole lot of fun.
My friends with older kids keep telling me to not blink because our kids will be old and grown before we know it…so I am trying to do just that!!
Soaking it up,