It's October 3rd -- how did that happen? A few months ago, fall seemed so far away...and now boom! it's here. As Ann of Green Gables said, "I'm so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers." Me, too. I've always loved October because it's the month I was born! And of course, Halloween is one of the most fun holidays -- I'll still go all out if you invite me to your costume party (oh, and James will, too.) Plus the leaves begin to change colors this time of year, pumpkins are everywhere, and the crisp, cool air invites you to dig out your scarves, tights and hats from the back of your closet. Are you guys with me? October really is the best.
A few things I'm looking forward to this month:
Trip to Knoxville: James and I are trekking to Knoxville this weekend to tailgate with some friends and cheer on our Bulldogs at Neyland Stadium. I'm really looking forward to the game, but I'm also hoping that the drive through the Great Smoky Mountains is as scenic and beautiful as it was when we took the same trip two years ago. Nothing makes me happier than seeing mountains of trees with red, orange and yellow leaves. Well, the only way I'll be happier is if the weather is a little chilly, too. Fingers crossed!
A class with Double Dutch Press: Tonight I'm taking a screen printing class in town with the gals of Double Dutch Press! I won the class at a silent auction last spring, and I'm super excited to work with these girls and make a few things. I'm hoping I can learn how to screen print and possibly team up with DDP to make future Natty Michelle goodies, too. Stay tuned. I'll be Instagramming a little tonight for sure!
My 30th: On the 18th I'll turn the big 3-0. Let me get a little weird for a second. For some reason, this upcoming birthday is strange for me. I know it's silly to get worked up over birthdays, but I want to put this one on pause -- I'm not ready to close this decade yet! I guess 30 always seemed so far away to me, and now that it's here, I'm forced to evaluate where I am in life and where I always thought I'd be by now. I thought for sure by 30 I'd have one child, or at the very least be pregnant with one. Since things aren't happening for us the way we planned, I'm left to wonder what my 30s hold. The uncertainty combined with a ticking clock is probably what's getting to me. I know eventually I'll have the family I always dreamed of...but for now I just have to be thankful for what I already have, which is so much. And, as one of my friends recently told me: "I think of 30 as a fresh start. We should be proud of everything we've accomplished so far!" She's so right. I have smart friends. (Does anyone else feel this way about 30, or any other upcoming birthday, for that matter?)
A wedding in NOLA: Later this month, James and I are going to New Orleans for a friend's wedding. She's getting married in the French Quarter in a big, beautiful church, and she's having a second line parade to the reception venue! We're staying in a quaint little house in Uptown that I found via VRBO, and I can't wait to see it in person. It's my first time using the site, so I'll let you know what I think when the trip is over. I'm kind of excited to stay in a real house and experience the city like a local while we're there. James suggested we go for three nights instead of two as a little extended stay for a belated birthday gift. We're going to go out for a nice dinner and meet up with my friends for a little late night fun. Best post-birthday celebration ever? He's the best.
Halloween! We don't have any plans just yet, but I hope we have an excuse to dress up again like we did last year and party with friends. Of course, I'm fine with staying home and greeting little ghouls and goblins at the front door with "Monster Mash" playing in the background, too.
Pumpkin...everything. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pickin', jack o'lanterns, pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins. You get the idea. October wouldn't be the same without them! We're going to go to our local pumpkin patch soon to get some big guys for the front porch. It's one of my favorite fall activities.
So that's what I'm looking forward to over the next few weeks. What about you? What's your favorite thing about October?
image sources: Knoxville poster by the ESA // Double Dutch Press // Jackson Square photo by Heirloom Collective // birthday card by Rifle Paper Co. // Halloween decor by Carina Gardiner // pumpkin via