We are definitely back into the swing of things with school despite being in shock that I have an 8th grader.
Over Labor Day weekend we had a dental emergency and were told that Skylar needed a $3K root canal with an endodontist. Um, wow. That escalated quickly! Thankfully I was able to find a holistic dentist and they were able to repair her tooth without a root canal and for 1/3 of the cost. We were all so thankful!
Skylar is loving her rec hockey team! Here’s a little secret about Skylar. It feels like she has tried a million different sports over the years – gymnastics, dance, karate, basketball, swimming, archery, horseback riding, softball. We’ve always been open to letting her try new things. She has enjoyed all of them and been pretty good at a few. But, nothing – and I mean nothing – has made her as happy as hockey. Naturally, it is the most expensive sport of them all with the exception of horses. Bless.
However, I have never seen her so genuinely happy about something that it carries over into her everyday attitude. Getting connected with The Lab was a game changer. She literally just learned to skate for the first time in January with a 6 week class. Then COVID hit and she was off the ice for MONTHS. Before starting this rec team she had another 6 weeks of classes. She’s on a team with girls who have been not just skating but PLAYING hockey for 3-4 years and she basically just learned to skate ONLY THREE MONTHS ago. I’ve never seen her work so diligently at something. Despite how far behind she is, she never shows it. Plus, she has that awesome personality to go with that grit. Yep, I’m still the President of her fan club!
Mid-September I spent the weekend with some ladies from my work team. Our annual convention was virtual this year so I rented an AirBnB so we could still be together. It was a lovely weekend and I’m super excited about the new products that launched plus the new stuff coming soon. These are the things that will help us to finish the year strong! Even though I was only gone for a few days, I could tell that I was missed.
Mike has been staying busy with BFF Tree Services and I’m so thankful. He was able to take a few days off and come to the beach with us, which was really lovely. This was our first trip to the beach without mom and it was, well, different. We did a lot of reminiscing about her and talking about trips we made together over the years. We even made it over to Shell Island. She had always wanted to go but, for some reason, we never went. Every time I found a Yah Yah shell, it made me smile and think of her.
My garden is winding down. I had more okra than I knew what to do with this year. At this point, we are kind of sick of it and have started feeding it to the chickens. I have a few fall crops planted and I’m just waiting for my luffas to be ready to pick. Best of all, I ended up with FOUR garden spiders (Betty) this year. That made my heart so happy. I’ve worked so hard in that space for the last couple of years. Seeing 4 Bettys come and make their home here was icing on the cake and a sign that I’m doing something right!
That about wraps up September. We are now heading into fall and winter. I can’t say that I’m excited about it. I want the holidays but not the dark and cold. At least we had a good beach trip to close out summer.