What the heck happened to October? My plan of blogging and posting weekly was thrown out the window. We were so absurdly busy, I feel like we barely had a second to breathe. At the end of September the kids tracked out (a short break from year-round school) and the time flew by. Here’s a little update on our adventures.
FARE’s Food Allergy Heroes Walk
If you read this post, you know that this year I volunteered to help organize the Food Allergy Heroes Walk. Helping turned into becoming the Walk Chair, because go big or go home right? It consumed a little more of my time than I expected but it was good. It felt great for me to be involved in something that I am passionate about again. Which I didn’t realize that I missed until now.
It was a crazy busy day. I was so thankful that my brother and (new) sister in law came into town to help out. They woke up early, schlepped tables and boxes, took pictures, and kept an eye on the kids while I was busy running around like a mad woman. Their support means a lot to us! I don’t know that I can thank them enough.
With the help of others in the Triangle, we raised $9,173! It was a little short of our goal, but still really awesome. If you would like to donate to FARE and to our team there is still time, we are accepting donations through the end of the year.
The Wilkinson’s Take the Beach
Directly after the FARE Walk, we woke up the next morning and drove two and a half hours to the coast for a much-needed, week-long beach vacation. I love the beach, it’s my happy place and I want to live there. Last year I hinted to Mark that I wanted to go for my Birthday (10/12) and I forgot that he doesn’t take hints well and we didn’t end up going. This year I took matters into my own hands and in January we booked a place at our favorite beach (and I won’t tell you where because I want to keep our quiet island, quiet.) for My Birthday Week ™.
This trip was extra special because my brother, sister in law, and my parents met us there. This was the first time that my parents had ever been to the NC Coast and being Michigan Lake People, I knew they’d love the island vibe. My brother and sister in law had never been to the ocean EVER! So we were excited to play host and show them our favorite place in the state.
The weather was pretty great, despite us visiting the NC Coast often, we’d never been in October. I’ve decided that it’s my new favorite time to be there, not too hot, the sun isn’t as intense, and the beach is practically empty. We played on the beach ate fresh seafood every night, and generally had a great time. It was also really nice to spend time with my brother and sister in law, I feel like we haven’t ever really gotten to spend that much quality time together since we’ve been adults because life is so busy. They also got to spend a lot of time with our kids, which I know they really enjoyed. I hope to make this an annual thing.
I was not ready to go home at all, besides getting an awesome tan I really enjoyed us all being disconnected for a week.
A Plague on Your House
While all of this was going on, Eli decided it would be the perfect time to get antibiotic resistant strep. After a trip to Urgent Care, 2 trips to the family doctor, 3 oral antibiotics, 1 antibiotic butt shot, strep swabs for the whole family and serious talk of removing his tonsils, we finally got a negative strep test. So he gets to keep those tonsils, for now.
The poor kid hasn’t felt good for an entire month and I feel like he is just now getting his “Eli” back. By some miracle, no one else in the house has gotten it. Of course, now that I’ve said that out loud and put it on the internet, everyone’s going to get it.
This year we decided to sign Oliver up for fall baseball. He’s been playing in the Spring for the last three years, the league that he is currently on does fall baseball as well. The benefit of the playing in the fall is that there are fewer kids so there is more time to really work on the basics. It’s less competitive and there is more of an emphasis the basics.
He had a really good season and we saw a lot of growth. Especially in his batting, in fact, he got the team “Batman” award for the most improved batting this season. I love watching him play, but I am always glad when it’s over because adding baseball three days a week adds a special kind of crazy to our lives.
I love fall. Everything about it. The weather here in NC is beautiful, still warm but the oppressive humidity of the summer is gone. Besides being my Birthday Month, it kicks off the Holiday Season for me and getting the house all fun and decorated. We also have a plethora of Birthdays (Mark, Zoe, Oliver) that happen from October to January.
In between the FARE Walk and our vacation, we did all out usual fall stuff. Pumpkin Patch field trips, getting pumpkins at the North Carolina State Farmers Market and making Halloween costumes. Of course, we also went Trick or Treating and this year we participated in a Teal Pumpkin (read more about why we love Teal Pumpkin here) Trunk or Treat that was really fun.
Back to School
This track out was over in a flash. I think part of it was how busy we were, but there another part was because we traveled right smack in the middle. It broke up the three weeks really nicely. By the time the kids were driving each other nuts it was time to go back to school. It’s crazy that all three have only been in school full time for 9 weeks and I have already gotten used to the kind of calm with just me and Bits home most of the day. Man, four kids are loud together!
We had that usual transition week where we got back into the swing of homework, getting up in the morning, and getting to bed on time. We survived to the second week, which brought us Zoe’s first fifth-grade chorus performance. So we had extra rehersals after school for that. She did so well! It brought back a lot of memories of when I was in middle and high school choir. I am secretly am hoping she keeps it up.
Over 1,000 words later, that’s what we’ve been up to. I promise to be better about blogging. I have a few posts swirling in my head that I hope to work on through the end of the year, including Zoe’s Birth Story (for her 11th birthday!), how to make a beach trip with kids easier, and a little about how we do the holidays.