You should have seen me last Saturday on the first day of Fall. I had my hoodie and was just basking in the coolness; and I actually enjoyed a cup of coffee that afternoon! Cool weather is my jam, and tomorrow we get to go to Kings Island without it being 100 degrees. We haven’t been in a whole month, and I’ve had major withdraws. Is that sad?
September’s coming to an end, and with that comes our monthly Breakfast With Bacon. Each month I like to share tidbits and updates from the Bacon household and just take a break from everything. Here’s what’s been going on in our world this month:
1.) My baby started Pre-K this month! Last year she went 3 afternoons a week; this year, she’s going 5 mornings a week and loves it. We’ve got a good routine going, although I’m still getting used to my new schedule. Turns out I had high expectations of what I could get done while she’s in school, haha. I’m slowly starting to relax and just do what I can in those 2 and a half hours.
2.) First of all, I’m super proud of the fact she’s starting to write really simple words. I didn’t really teach her that; she just up and started writing them. Second, she told us, “See that rectangle with the red stripes? That’s our family symbol. It’s bacon.” #proudmom
3.) Earlier this month we volunteered for our church’s annual 5k, handing out water to the runners and walkers. (John set a PR, by the way!)It was a nice 60-ish degree morning, except for the light drizzle. We wore ponchos with hoods that kept falling off, but Allison didn’t care. She was so darn happy standing there passing out water, and she never once complained about being wet or cold. We obviously got some hot chocolate afterward, but I was so proud of her learning how to serve others regardless of the outside circumstances.
4.) This fort, for some reason, gave me anxiety every time she made it. I think it’s because about .2 seconds after waking up, she’d immediately say, “Mommy, let’s build that fort!” And it would be on a day that I needed to vacuum and wanted the floors clear. However, I have to give her points for creativity because that’s an impressive feat for a 4 year-old.
5.) At a trip to Sam’s Club earlier this month, I saw a display full of these bento lunch boxes on clearance, for like six dollars. I’m so obsessed with cute lunch items (I’ll probably do a blog post about it soon), so I had to snag it. I’d never heard of Fit and Fresh before, but the bag is super cute! And the lunch container itself is huge and tall; I can pack a ton of food in there. I probably should have snagged one for myself, too. =)
6.) Allison hates bananas, but will devour this banana ice cream! Just put some frozen bananas in a food processor with a tiny bit of milk/water and blend until it’s a soft-serve consistency. I’ve added peanut butter powder and cocoa powder on different occasions, and both are delicious!
7.) I ran the Air Force Half Marathon on the 15th; and out of the 3 halfs I did this year, I think this one was physically the worst. It started out nice and cloudy; but around mile 7, the sun came out, and 78-degree weather while running is not ideal. I walked pretty much all of the last 3 miles and ended up at 2:53:10, which is around what my first half was. It was 13 minutes more than my goal; but with the extreme heat, I think I did pretty good. At least I finished!
8.) It’s officially pumpkin season! I’m trying a bunch of new pumpkin items this year, but I had to come back to my favorite yogurt brand- Dannon Light and Fit. Their version of pumpkin yogurt is the best; it’s sweet, actually tastes like pumpkin spice, and is only 80 calories but has a ton of protein.
9.) We’ve been using Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Jr. with Allison off and on for almost 2 years, I think. She’s just now starting to realize that more work equals more money, and she’s worked her tail off for the past couple months to save for a new LEGO set. We made a puzzle out of a picture of her toy; and every piece equals a dollar. That was pretty motivating for her to actually see her progress, and she was so excited to finally go to the store and buy it!
Running Status: I took a week off after the half marathon to heal my muscles, do lots of PiYo, and eat all the things. My next big race isn’t until June, so I’m using this time to gain speed and up my mileage. My ultimate goal is to run a 5k in under 30 minutes; but my goal in the next 12 weeks is to run a 5k in under 32 minutes, which would shave off a whole minute from my current PR. I hate speedwork, but I know it will help!
Currently listening to: Tons of podcasts! I took a break from audiobooks and I’m trying to get caught up on some of my favorite podcasts. My current ones are the Dave Ramsey Show, Business Boutique, and Ruth Soukup’s Do It Scared. I listen to all of these on Spotify; can anyone recommend other good ones?
Currently Reading: The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran. Yes, I’m actually reading a book in my spare time! It was a digital copy and I just had to return it, so now I’m on the waiting list to get it again. He explains that setting yearly goals can cause failure because that’s just too long. Instead, he suggests making 12-week goals; and the idea is that 12 weeks gives you a sense of urgency to get it all done. When each day is equivalent to a week, you have to plan super carefully and make the best use of your time. I’m implementing this for my blog starting Monday, and I’m so excited to see where it takes me!
Plans for October: Birthday party planning and Kings Island! Allison’s birthday party is the 20th, and my niece and 2 nephew’s party is the 13th. This year, Allison wants a superhero party and I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas. I’m looking forward to put it all together and show you!
What’s been going on in your world lately? What are you looking forward to most about Fall?