August 31, 2023

Goodbye August... that was fast

Today was Isaac's last day of nursery.  It seems like "starting school" was a thing that was mile away for so long and then BAM, it is next week.  I feel the seasons of life shifting quickly - I will now know when school holidays are, when inset days are, and when teachers go on strike.  I've never had to worry about that before.  When I plan trips I'll need to plan them around school term times... it will suddenly matter when I start taking leave for Christmas.  For a planner type person this is going to be a big change.  I've long lamented the extortionate price of nursery, but maybe that was the extortionate price of general scheduling freedom.

So that's August done!  I have one last Tuesday off next week before Isaac starts school on Wednesday (the first week is a Wednesday start).  I've blocked off 3-5pm on my calendar for his first day, then Andy is doing pick up and drop off on day 2.  We have some logistics to sort for the next few weeks but I think by mid September we will be in a routine... which will be good for when babies upset the whole routine by mid-October.  

I am not really enjoying my freeform notebook planner.  I'm not sure what I want in a planner... but something else.  We use a weekly planner for our family so it feels silly to get a weekly planner for me, but I found the daily planner too much for this stage of life.  I have been trying to keep and track weekly to-dos and sorting them into daily, as well as checking that I remember my iron supplement... but it's not an inspiring planning system.

Anyways, August goals and results:

Me I had some good me goals and did them all - I wanted to blog 2x a week (which I've done, barely).  I got a massage and a pedicure! I wanted to read 4 books and instead I read 7 (although this is somewhat helped by pregnancy insomnia, which is not great).  I bought a new duffle bag which I am very excited about (although I have to wait for my mom to bring it out from the states on her next visit):
Family I kept the kids albums updated and the family album updated for July.  We also booked and planned Isaac's birthday party and started acquiring birthday things we need for the party.  We still need a few more things - plates and tablecloths - but we are definitely getting things ready in advance.   We also took the kids swimming, which Lilah loved and doesn't get to do enough.  And I went out to dinner with Andy in August which was a nice treat!

Professional I went to my job interview and although it didn't turn out how I would have liked I am glad I went through the process.  I also sent a thank you to a senior colleague who has twins and gave me advice.  And I've started training my maternity cover.  All goals done

House This category was LONG and I did all of it.  This month I got a new laundry basket (2!) and I am loving having a basket without a broken handle.  We also got new mixing bowls, so our set of 1 is now a set of 4.  I got a new kitchen bin and Lilah got a twin fitted sheet for her bed after using a somewhat gross cheap IKEA sheet for a year.  As a kid I loved bedding, and as an adult I still love bedding and having kids is an excuse to have more cute bedding.  I mounted hooks in the kids costume area, which is now done.  And I won an auction for some cutlery on ebay that matches the cutlery we have - my dad is bringing it out from the states but I am excited to get new knives.  It felt like a very boring project to try and figure out what our freecycle cutlery was, but I managed to find it and I'm hoping that the lot I bought is the right one to match what we have.

Adventure I had two items on my list - our glamping adventure (which was awesome!) and going to our local bread shop on a Saturday.  We didn't make the bread shop but we did go glamping so I consider this a success.

That was August.  It rained at least half the days, which does feel like a bummer for summer BUT I do appreciate because I am pregnancy warm and I would be melting if it were 32c/90f like it was last year.  It looks like we are going to get some sun in September with temperatures in the low 70s (and 60s at night).  Sounds perfect.

How was your August?  What was your biggest win this month?


  1. I feel you on the constraints of the school term - my oldest started in Sept 2020 and I am still not used to it!! Random one, but I have a completely unusued 2023 weekly Passion Planner if you would like it? I'm in the UK so easy to post.

    1. Ahh I'm so sorry it took me so long to write back! I think I might find the passion planner is the same level of overwhelm as the Erin Condren was. It's a lovely planner and I might look for it when I'm back in planning groove - thanks for the offer!

  2. Ow ow, loved the goals!! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! August was marked by my trip to Poland to see a good friend for 10 (!) days without kids. They were in camp and with my husband after camp. Read 3 great books. Got a jumpstart on the school year! Classroom set-up, organization... Feeling great about this school year. Beach trips... Saw friends- once, not good. Invested in myself: skincare + some updated blouses from the store I like. Yoga, here and there, nothing formalized.. Blogged- frequently! I feel like I have to do a formal post on August... To lay it all out in my head.
    The duffel back is awesome!

  3. It seems like I somehow missed the big news of you having twins? Anyhow congrats on that. I guess it is getting busy soon with scholl starting and newborns. I hope you will find a quick routine. I hate it when planners don't really work but you can't pinpoint what needs to change. Hope that you figure it out. I am currently in a planning mode. I feel like I need to map the rest of the year out. So many. plans now the falls around the corner.

  4. You're so organized with your goals, and it seems to be really working out for you! Congratulations on getting so much done. I'm excited for you that your parents will be visiting soon, I assume when the babies come?

    My win in August was that we went on a family vacation with my brother and sister-in-law and had a great time and no one murdered anyone else, which is awesome. Actually, I don't think any of us were tempted even. We must be mellowing out in our old age. Now I'm back and trying to catch up a bit on my blog reading.