It's starting to feel somewhat like fall around here. It's been a little less humid, and we have had some nice cool days. Last weekend we went to the pumpkin patch in Surry, VA the first weekend they were open to stock up on our pumpkins and goards. I love that pumpkin patch so much! We have been staying busy lately. Dave is on evening shift most of this month, which can be good and bad. Good because he's home during the day and can do school activities with the kids, but bad because by the time I get home he's gone to work, which always puts me in sad mood. I try to stay upbeat and be happy he only has the do this every other month, but I sure do miss him during the week.
We took advantage of the weekend and packed it full of fun family activities. We went back to Hallow-scream at Busch Gardens, after going last weekend for a little bit. Friday the girls had half days, so we got there right after lunch and didn't have to worry with crowds or long lines. We had a such a good time we didn't leave until late that evening, and only left as it started to storm. The girls handled the scary stuff pretty well, we just kept reminding them it was all "dress up".
Saturday we had a tball game that got rained out early on, so we used a Groupon for Regal theatres, and took the girls to see Hotel Transylvania. We all really enjoyed the movie and the awesome deal. I just love those daily deal sites!
We spent the rest of the evening and night at our good friends house for their daughters birthday party. We always have a good time at The Dame household, and every time we hang out with them I get sad knowing that one day they will be transferred away since they are Coast Guard. I know they will eventually come back, but when ever they have to move I am not going to handle it well. Our kids all love each other, and Dave and I have really enjoyed a Polly and Jason's friendship and love how we all can tell each other anything and be real with each other. They are friends that I don't feel the rush to clean my house up before they come over.
So other then that my other big news is I took a leave from Junior League this year. I don't know if I will go back. I thought about doing it this year, and last year, but thought I would hang in there again. Right away though it's been too hard. This time I wasn't going to make myself go crazy about it, and miserable. Right away it was harder with the kids in more activities, and having more homework, harder with my own work schedule, and harder with the husbands, and with me selling ThirtyOne now, that adds some schedule conflicts too. Also, when I was busy with it I wasn't enjoying it as I was bummed I was missing out with something with my family, and though I know the League does amazing things, I didn't feel like I was doing much good or contributing. I just went with my gut this time. To be honest I have not even told Dave yet, that I took a leave, as I know he would encourage me to still do it, and I don't want him to think it's his job stopping me.
The good part of all of this is now I can be there for all of the kids activities now, I have time to volunteer more for the schools. I am now heading up labels for education at my older girls school, and I am chairing movie night. Also, later this winter swim team boosters starts up, and I am helping out with that as well. I already feel like I am making more of a difference, and I don't miss out with anything as it's all things that help my children.