Finally, it’s October! Wow, I have so many reasons to be ecstatic about this month arriving….
We are finally settled into our new house that my family and I absolutely love. The kids have tons of space to run around, ginormous oak trees to climb, and room to breath. My husband’s commute to work has dropped from ninety minutes to thirty minutes. We live by several ranches with cows grazing in every direction you look. You know I like that since I am from the country. I feel at home with all the bugs, cows, trees, and wide open spaces.
It’s unbelievable that our 15th wedding anniversary is finally here this month. Just seems like yesterday we were married, but have a catalog of precious memories to go with it. Such a strange feeling that fifteen years can fly by that quick. One of the funny things about having fifteen anniversaries is we have bought every card for each other so we both ended up creating our own cards this year.
Look at us, we were just a couple of youngin’s thinking we knew everything. Yep, now I know I know nothing and wish I knew everything like I did when I was 24 years old. Man, I was so smart back then… The one think I do know is that I love my husband more deeply every year I am with him, and we are as thick as thieves just like we were when we were first married.
Finally, having the time to think about blogging and write new recipes after my several month hiatus. I really bit off more than I could chew with this past move. I can barely walk and chew bubble gum at the same time most days. This move was like walking, running, backpedaling, somersaulting, tightrope walking, and chewing gum at the same time. Not pretty.
Finally, getting a break from the hot and humid Houston weather too. I was born and raised in the Midwest and humidity all the way into October is a bit much for this girl. I woke up this morning and the air was a crisp 55 degrees. Yes! Maybe the air conditioning will stay off all day today?
With the arrival of cool weather, I can finally start cooking some cozy one pot meals again like….
Three Bean Chili
Cannellini Beans with Smoked Ham
and Turkey Chickpea Chili.
I have to admit, I made a big pot of chicken and noodles on a 90 degree day last week. I just couldn’t take it anymore, fall weather is supposed to start in October. I don’t think I will ever get used to the delay of the fall down here.
Finally, and I mean a big finally, because we have been waiting for this one for 29 years, my hometown Kansas City Royals are in the postseason this year! Yes, people, this is exciting stuff, we have all been waiting patiently and boy does it feel pretty darn amazing.
I was just a kid who happened to be old enough to remember the Royals winning the World Series in 1985. It was exciting, magical, and the year I truly fell in love with baseball. I am reliving some childhood memories this October, and that is truly a priceless experience in my book. I was so excited that I made the kids put on their Royals shirts so I could take a picture to send to their Papa. My kids aren’t as excited as me since I made them sit next to each other in the picture. Siblings….
And finally, my Dad gets to see his Royals play in October. That man has logged more hours of being a Royals fan over the years than anybody I know. He will listen to them on the radio even if they are in the middle of a losing season. That’s some hard-core commitment!
His and my love of baseball has always been a big part our bond since I was a kid. I was the kid who would spend hours in the yard throwing the ball up in the sky and catching it. He was the dad who would come home after work and spend hours playing catch with me. It’s a great feeling to be able to share the excitement of a Royal’s postseason with him. Come to find out though, I think my mom turned out to be the biggest fan. According to my Dad, he has to turn the channel some nights when the Royals are playing because she gets too wound up or “nuts” as my Dad would call it. That just makes me laugh every time I think about it.
All the postseason players and coaches are wearing gear this year that has the words, “Always October.” Well, I say it should be “Finally, October!” Being Royal in October never felt so good.