Little Letters, August 2017

Another month, another mail day!

Week one of school is officially in the books. Even if it was a week of half days, it was still school. Honestly, I’m super thankful we didn’t have to start back up with a full load. A week of easing back into things was exactly what we needed. Come next Friday I may not be so chipper about being back to school already 🙄 . 

Today is mail day which pretty much is a combination of random thoughts, questions, and confessions. All of which should be taken with an extremely light-heart. The least thing I want to do is let the random thoughts I have offend someone. With that in mind, here we go!

Dear Blog,

It’s not you, its me. I recently decided to scale back, again. At first I thought about taking a month off but I decided that really isn’t needed at the current time. However I did scale back from 5 posts a week to 4 and I am currently working to scale back to 3 posts for most weeks.

Long story short I have no plans of shutting this site down (as of now), but life is just more important than blogging. My REALLY being there for my kids and husband will win every time. So you’ll be hearing a bit less from me for a while, but I know it’s the best thing to do.

Dear Pumpkin Spice,

Pumpkin spice season is just around the corner for most of the world, but for me it may have already started. I mean, it is August after all. How I do I love thee, let me count the ways.


Dear School Year,

I was dreading you, DREADING, but now I mostly just feel excited. I know this year is going to be full of chaos and change, but I am pretty optimistic that it will be our best school year ever. Please don’t let me down. 

Dear Swimming Pool,

Thank you so much for keeping us cool and busy over the past two months. We would’ve gone crazy without you. You were our favorite place to escape to and we will miss you dearly until next summer. Friends were made, skills were learned, books were read. Best. Summer. Ever. 

Dear Marathon Training,

I am terrified to admit to myself that I am training for a marathon. I keep saying I am 15K training, even though I know that the 15K is just a stop along the way of getting to 26.2 miles. Some days I think what have I done. Other days I think this is finally going to happen. In the end I just pray that my body doesn’t fight me tooth and nail along the way. Only 99 days to go!

Dear Shouse,

It feels like forever and a day before we start construction. September turned into late September, turned into October and now I find myself praying that doesn’t change too… or that someone has to postpone their build so ours can start sooner. I’m a terrible person.

I think we’ve decided to stay in “our” house a bit longer. We are free to stay here through December, I believe, but I told Russ I couldn’t fathom the idea of wrecking the holidays and my birthday with packing and a move. Ideally we’d like to be out of here right before Thanksgiving… but there is still so much up in the air. It nauseates and overwhelms me at times, so I just try and not think about it #denial 😥 . 

Dear Fall Fashion,

I want to buy all of the things and it sucks that I just can’t justify it. I found the most amazing jacket at JCP the other day and it took every fiber of my being to walk away from it. I wanted to wear it around the store after trying it on just to enjoy it, but I knew that would only make saying good-bye even harder…. and security might corner me 😆 . 

Dear Christmas,

Is it too early to start thinking about the holidays?! Because I totally am. I know they will be weird this year (see Dear Shouse) and I know I won’t be able to put up my 6, yes 6, Christmas trees. But I get all the happy feelings thinking about the best season of all. I haven’t gone as far as Christmas shopping, yet, but I am already pinching pennies and saving for presents. 

Dear Year #10,

I’m excited to reach another milestone anniversary with my guy. I want to say it feels like we were just married, but so much has happened over the past 10 years that I don’t feel that way at all. I can’t wait to celebrate with him next Friday.

Dear Parents,

Maybe being a home-school mom has me jaded… but I don’t understand why people are so happy to have their kids go back to school. I’m not trying to pass judgement on others, I just can’t imagine wanting less time with them. I could be excited for the school year and the fun that it brings and I could be happy for the return of a routine, but not less of them around for the next 9 months. Somebody fill me in please. 


Have a great weekend friends!
We’ll see you back here on Monday.

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  • Heather Bramlett

    I’m so ready for my pumpkin spice creamer!!
    I’m getting overwhelmed for you with the shouse and moving! Hang in there friend! Just think of the end result!!
    I don’t understand parents wanting their kids to go back to school other than just needing routine. Mine are back in school and I have been up to the school I don’t know how many times in the past week! HA

    • My stores carry it all year long, lololol. I don’t buy it all year long though, it would loose something if I did. That would TOTALLY be me too. I’d be all like you might as well put me to work :P.

  • Pumpkin spice is the only thing I’m not looking forward too….don’t hate me! I’ve been trying to scale back to 4/3 posts a week, but sometimes there is just so much that I want to write, so I struggle…. then of course I get caught up in the number game. Happy Anniversary month! 🙂 August is popular!

    • I could never hate you, however I just don’t understand :P. I think the holidays will be the hardest part when more is going on but really VERY few things have to be posted. So I just won’t :P. I had NO clue just how popular August was, who knew?!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    I’m seriously with you on all accounts!!! Pumpkin Spice is my joy!!! Christmas is my jam for months. We won’t be in our new house til first part of December. I’m hoping my Fall decor will sell this puppy when we put it on the market in Sept. Never got the kids go back to school hoorays either!! We only get them for a short time in this life and I want it all back!!! Happy Weekend babe!!

    • So excited that you should be there for Christmas! I have no clue when ours will be done and even when it is live-able, it will be FAR from done, lol. I want it all back already friend and they are still so young. Hope you are having a relaxing Sunday.

  • Imiss the summer months with my kids when they go back!! I totally get the scaling back from blogging fora bit!

    • So many things are just more important than blogging. I hope the rest of your summer is lovely friend.

  • I think I like back to school because of the routine and more me time! Glad you had an awesome summer.

    • I totally understand the routine thing. I have been craving getting back to a schedule too.

  • I have no idea what it’s like to send my kids back to school after being home all summer, so I don’t have any opinions about that, but man, what I wouldn’t give to have the entire summer with them! Goodness gracious, I only get to see them for 2-3 hours a day and it’s all cooking/eating/cleaning/bathing when we are together. Makes me sad. :o( I am so desperate to be a SAHM. I’ve been wracking my brain and considering a bajillion different things to try to make money from home, but none of them really seem like the right thing to do. I’ve been praying about it so hard and I’m just not-so-patiently waiting for the Lord to tell me what I’m supposed to do!

    • Oh friend I get it. I really, really, really do. I was there for a while myself. It is so hard when your heart and your body are in two separate places. I’ll be praying with you friend.


  • I hear you on the life is more important…do what you need to do but also have a great weekend!

    • YES! I just can’t do it all, build a house and teach my girls they way they need to be taught.

  • #BasicAmber is joining in on the Pumpkin Spice giddiness! I may or may not have squealed at the Fall and Christmas stuff at Hobby Lobby recently also…

    • Haha! I love havng basic friends to be giddy with. I haven’t been to Hobby Lobby in forever, I should fix that.

  • Marathon training? So exciting! It’s a time consuming endeavor…for sure. I hope it goes well! Which marathon are you running?

    So smart to step back from the blog. Great job prioritizing your family first and not getting too caught up in blogging. I’m sure your girls are thankful you are doing that! I have done the same as I know my priority is being a mom!

    • Well…. I am only training to 15-16 miles and will do run/walk intervals for the rest of it. I am doing it with my running buddy Anna, it’s the Tulsa Route 66.

      Exactly. We are at a point with our homeschooling that they need my full attention during the day therefore I just can’t be writing blog posts while they do school work.

  • I saw so many pumpkin spice products at the grocery store this weekend! I do love summer but I’ll admit seeing that fall stuff made me happy! 🙂

    • Eeeekkkk!!!! I am already looking forward to my next grocery shopping trip.

  • Jessica

    Pumpkin spice is starting to show up and I’m not sure how I feel, but I am excited for pumpkin muffins. 🙂

    • I can’t wait to go grocery shopping this next trip. By then it will be the end of August so I will fully embrace the pumpkin goodies with no shame!

  • Pumpkin spice yummmmmmmmm! I’m so excited for fall!

    • I can always count on #BasicBecky to back me up :P.

      • awww yes! I made a batch of pumpkin muffins this morning!

  • Lizzie Simantz

    I’m already like half way done Christmas shopping for my kids! My bank account will be so much happier come December!

    • That is amazing! Haha! With all of the sweet deals that you find, it doesn’t surprise me one little bit.

  • #BasicJenna. I am SO excited for Pumpkin Spice everything. Our anniversary’s are really close together…ours is on Sunday. 🙂 I have already started shopping for Christmas (year round shopper here) but I am so glad that I have. And if thinking about and getting exciting for the holidays is wrong, I don’t want to be right! Love this post!

    • Oh those are SO close together, so fun! Thank you so much girl. You being a get ahead/ prepared person doesn’t surprise me one little bit!

  • I have another hashtag that you use that’s similar to #basicBeth but a bit different 😉
    And yes… give me all things pumpkin.

    • Baha ha! That one is pretty common around here lately :(. I need to get a grip.

  • Pumpkin spice, it’s coming and I couldn’t be happier!!! Now, about that back to school. I was bummed. Still am. Why did school have to go and wreck things? 🙂

    • I can always count on you to be basic with me. Let’s run away and eat pumpkin donuts :P.Totally agree on school wrecking all of the fun, but I suppose it is a necessary evil ;).

  • Loved this post! I’m obsessed with pumpkin flavor foods!
    Trendy & Tidy

    • So glad it isn’t just me, not that I ever worried it was :P.

  • Whitney Jordan

    I agree with you on wanting all the cute fall fashion I’m seeing in stores! Sams had some really great tops that I walked away from, but I might go back to get one… or two next week 🙂 I definitely feel sad about back to school. I’m excited for Olive to learn lots of new things, but I have loved having her home with me the last 4 years.

    • I saw some really cute tops at my Sams too, lol. I also walked away. I couldn’t help but wonder if I really loved them and if I could find something I loved more, for less. She is going to have SO much fun. Pre-K is just the best.