In two days we have September starting, and my kids are almost back in school. Boy, this summer sure went by fast! Every day I am still trying to squeeze in as many activities for my kids as I can, as much fun as we can have! Sometimes it is a balancing act between the two tweens, and a baby in her terrible twos, but we are managing! This week we have already gone around town, had a whole bunch of appointments done getting ready for school, and still more to come tomorrow, and the fun never ends!

What else is new with us? My husband is busy building a closet, and this is his first big project he has ever done, and he is excited to be doing it – I hope excited enough not to have to call this project his last! Carpentry can be all exciting, and fun, if you have the confidence for it, and the patience. I guess, like with many other things in life. All of those qualities come with practice, and hopefully he will continue to be interested enough in it to continue exploring, and learning more.

Otherwise, I am continuing on this blog with lots of little projects I do, and publish daily – lots of daily roundups of giveaways, recipes, beauty and fashion tips, and lots of craft projects as well! All of these ideas continue to inspire me, and I am hoping to have you all inspired as well.

So many things to write about every day – all the things that we do – and I wish I could double up on my time to be able to sit down, and jot it all into the blog as I go – but the time that passes every day takes the best out of me. I am still doing some work helping my mother out – and those gigs simply take all of my free time now. I am putting in my best effort, and I know that is a lame argument, and I should be doing a whole lot more blogging than I do. I sometimes wonder if everyone has this much on their plates at the same time, or I am some sort of odd one there. I think my biggest problem is that I am way too slow. Every task out there that should take me 30 minutes ends up taking 2+ hours, and I am simply not able to take hold of the passing time, and try to improve my efficiency. I always wonder how people used to do things without all of the modern appliances and shortcuts. Surely, churning your own butter would take up so much time…. It’s not like I am on Facebook all day long either. I honestly don’t know where all the time in the day goes.

My budgeting hasn’t been going very well this month. My husband is still holding on to and loses the receipts that he gets from shopping, and as he has mostly been shopping this past month or two all my meal budgeting has been slacking off. I do try to revolve my meals around our vegetable basket we get every week, and that has been going ok, I suppose, but there is always something that comes up – either going out one day a week, or going out of town, and we don’t get all of the food eaten, and then I end up coming up with the most interesting uses for things I have left.

One event that I haven’t written on the blog about yet was our trip to Leavenworth a few weeks ago. My husband went there first with the daughters, and then we all went out there for a few days which was super fun.

Leavenworth is a small German styled village just about 1.5 to 2 hours away from where we live. The road had a lot of traffic, so the trip was longer than expected, and with our baby it ended up having lots more stops than would have been otherwise necessary but we made it, and had a lot of fun!

We stayed at the Enzian Inn which has lots of perks in some of the most unexpected areas. The stay came with breakfast included, and that was one of the most memorable parts of the trip. The view that opens up from the 4th floor of the Inn from the breakfast hall is absolutely breathtaking as you are up above everything in the village, and can see all of the surrounding beautiful mountains – unbelievable beauty! The food was amazing at the hotel, and well worth it! Another interesting part happened at the end of breakfast when the owner of the hotel, a very old man, showed up on the balcony and started to play a horn! He actually stood on the edge of the balcony, and played it! That is a very unusual type of entertainment, certainly unique! The pool at the hotel was awesome with very warm water, and a nice change after our typically chilly type weather here.

During the day we had a lot of fun checking out other restaurants in the area, as well as went on an island in the village for a short hike, and then went to Wenachee, which is a nearby town, for a river picnic and swim! I think we will remember the day of the picnic for many years to come – one of those memories with the little baby swimming and running around – something unforgettable.

Leavenworth is a very quaint village, very traditional German looking, and at the same time quite in with the time – lots of great food, wine, souvenirs, ice-cream cones, and artisanal food and crafts. Well worth the drive, and I think we will be back! Octoberfest would be fun there, however, would probably be very busy.

Are you planning a getaway this fall? Where are you headed? Let me know in your comments!

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