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A Notebook of Happy // Vol 4

It’s been a whirlwind of life over here, we’ve started our homeschool year and we opened a business. We’ve switched from summer mode and paternity leave to full on routines and Jared going to work, for himself. It’s been a crazy time of transitions and  adjustments for all of us.

But on this first day of Autumn, I think we’re going to make it! I hope that your corner of the world finds you well, soaking up the rich sunshine of September as you anticipate the cooler (or warmer!) days just around the corner.

Life has felt a little bonkers in the last month but as I pause and take stock, there’s so much goodness in the crazy.

  • I’ve been taking a late afternoon cuppa out on our front porch most days, I let my little bear cub sit and I sip my hot tea. It’s a pause before the busy dinner prep, tidying and bedtime routines are upon us. Sometimes I spread a quilt in the backyard and sit while the girls flit in and out of the forest and Kieran laughs at their antics. It’s incredibly restful and I know these early Autumn days won’t last forever.notebook of happy//vol 4 :: this vintage moment
  • School routines have been saving my life lately and I’m so surprised. Back in August, I mentioned to a few friends just how overwhelmed I was at the thought of homeschooling two girls plus a wildcard of a baby. But now, two and half weeks into our school routine, I can’t imagine life without it. We have time to linger together at the table over read alouds and memory work, the girls are eager to learn their reading and math lessons and their afternoon play time is all the sweeter because of their structured day.notebook of happy//vol 4 :: this vintage moment


  • One of Jared’s big projects during his paternity leave was to make a playroom in our previously unfinished basement. It’s a bit of a dark, dingy place with low ceilings and cement floor, used for storage during the year we’ve lived here. But he made a room in one corner and now it’s a blank space to become a delightful bright, warm playroom for the kidlets and a welcoming guest room. Over the next few months, I’ll furnish it with shelves and art tables and hang pictures on the walls. We’re all absolutely delighted with the space and I’m in awe of Jared’s ability to make a room where there was nothing before.

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I will always have a few different books on the go- a well-written novel, a non-fiction read, perhaps a parenting or homeschooling book and whatever grabs my attention from the quick reads shelf. Lately I’ve been reading cookbooks like novels and marking recipes that I want to try. Thick stews and pots of soup, spiced baking and warm breakfasts. I’m so ready to get back in my kitchen and good thing because in our current busyness, a good menu plan is needed.notebook of happy//vol 4 :: this vintage moment


I’d love to hear what is on your short list for making you happy in these September days!

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Mandy Cruz September 26, 2016, 3:17 pm

    Getting back into a routine is key for us. I am planning some stuff to do with my four year old so there are less distractions. A lot more reading and crocheting for me. I want my kids to see me doing what interests me.

    • thisvintagemoment September 28, 2016, 2:28 pm

      “I want my kids to see me doing what interests me.” Yes! This is why I read a lot and encourage them to read, I do occasional craft projects and love time in the kitchen. Chores are good but knowing how to fill one’s cup is always beneficial.

  • Krista October 12, 2016, 12:42 am

    I’m so glad you’ve found a routine that works so well for you and eases your stress. I haven’t quite managed that in this new season of my life, but I’m getting closer. 🙂 Excited to see pics of your playroom when it’s completed.

    • thisvintagemoment October 21, 2016, 3:09 pm

      I’m excited to share pictures, probably in a couple of months. =) It’s still taking a bit to settle into routine but it’s coming. XO

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