Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Labor Day Weekend and a new project!

Enjoying our last little bit of summer. 

Monday was Labor Day, which meant an extra day off work and school for our family, which meant an excellent opportunity to pile into the car, head south and soak up a little extra summer with Grandma and Grandpa in southern Utah. And can I tell you, it was exactly what the doctor ordered (had there been a doctor involved, and he told us to have a lovely weekend). Nick's parents really spoiled us with delicious meals, letting us use their pool, lots of playing with the kids so we could relax (and nap!) and even babysitting so we could go on a little lunch date to get some Thai food and loiter our way through the bookstore. Glorious, I tell you what!

Playing under the waterfall.  
Today is back to the grindstone, though. Gwen burst into tears when Nick left for work this morning, and with a houseful of neglected chores to catch up on, I sort of wanted to join her! But even I have to admit that it feels nice to be back into our routine - and with a clean bathroom!

How was your weekend?

With it being the beginning of September and a new season and all that goodness, I'm feeling like it's time for a project. And it's kind of a silly one, but here goes:

Jeans-free September!

I have decided that I'm not going to wear jeans for the entire month of September. Why would I arrive at an odd conclusion like that, you say? Well, here's the deal: most days, I basically live in jeans and a top. I'm a stay-at-home mother, and I don't get a ton of time to myself to get ready in the morning, and so I have fallen into the habit of grabbing the quickest, easiest outfit on hand, and that is a pair of jeans and a top. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with jeans, I'm just feeling a bit bored and like I need to break out of this rut, so I am banning jeans from my person until October 1st.

A great side effect of this ban, is that it is going to force me to look a little harder into my closet every day when I get dressed, and get me to actually wear some of the piles of clothes I have in there that just aren't making it out of there very often. I will definitely be wearing more skirts and dresses, as well as the pair of pants I bought last year, and then never wore. It'll be good to shake things up and pay a little more attention to how I present myself to the world.

I'm not sure exactly how I'm going to proceed in sharing this project with you. I could take a "daily outfit" selfie and post them all at the end of each week, but the thought kind of makes me a little unwell. That's a lot of me to feel self-conscious about! I'll be sure to check in each week and let you know how I'm doing, anyway.

And if I make it, I'm going to reward myself with a pair of new jeans - ha!


  1. I am in favor of jeans-free September! I went out one night about a month ago for some 'me' time and accidentally came home with three pair of harem pants and some work out clothes (I don't work out... but I did do yoga for like a week afterward). At any rate, turns out I LOVE harem pants. So it was all worth it.

    You should get some, if only just to keep your goal for this month. ;)

  2. I could definitely do this challenge in a different month. Our temperature is rapidly dropping and I've just had to fish all of my jeans out of the back of my closet. I live in Alaska, its already in the mid to low 50's during the day and down to 30's at night, just a bit too chilly for skirts and dresses. I hope you enjoy the month without jeans, I think it's a great idea.

    She Knits in Pearls