October 28, 2015

Moments of the Month | September 2015

September always seems to get short shrift here in my Moments of the Months post.  It begins looking like this, with overgrown buzz cuts, lazy stances and bubbling resolves to get back into the swing of a new year.  I take an annual poetic license and post several September photos in my August Moments of the Month post because these kinds of photos feel much more like summer than the clean, perky and new things that I feel like September should hold.September Moments_0002

The September post always has the obligatory “first day of school” photos.  With four kids in four different schools with four different start times, these also felt a little ragtag this year. Eleventh, tenth, seventh and third grade — here they come.  September Moments_0001
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When you think about it, September really is a shock to the system.  We leave lazy, hazy and crazy days behind and immediately start running full speed.  I spend the first several weeks after school starts just trying to figure out where I’m supposed to be, where each of my kids is supposed to be, and how to possibly get my head to stop spinning.

There are quiet moments, though, and gradually the routine begins to feel, well, routine.  And truthfully, that’s exactly what I always start to crave in August every year.  The routine feeling routine.  It’s comforting.  September Moments_0009

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Matt and Paul had fun running Pelham’s first Community Color Run.September Moments_0005

Who is that purple kid, and will someone PLEASE give him a haircut?September Moments_0006 September Moments_0007 September Moments_0008We took a weekend trip to Boston toward the end of the month — part “getting away from it all” and part “let’s start seeing some colleges!”

Crazy, right?

A highlight of the trip was a stroll through Quincy Market Saturday night, where we stopped to watch some street performers.  First one McLaughlin was recruited into the act.  Then two.  Then three.  The remaining 50% of the McLaughlin family — along with a large crowd of Boston tourists — were treated to quite a show. 
September Moments_0010 September Moments_0011 September Moments_0012 September Moments_0013 September Moments_0014 September Moments_0015 September Moments_0016It was a great month!  You can see the “One Second Every Day” video HERE and my Instagram snaps here:

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Thanks for looking!