Gearing Up.

It's been in the 40s in the mornings here...and yet, it's seasonally warm as it is hitting mid-70s in the afternoons. Either way- we have fall and winter on the mind and I'm making lists of gear that we will need if we are going to survive the Minnesota cold. Not to say that we are buying all of things, but I thought I would share some of my favorite things I've pinned lately.


Okay, I realize the glitter boots aren't really the best for rain or snow...but how cute would Holden look in them? With little tights?  

But in order to gear up, I always feel like first you have to edit at on Saturday night, I told Davis we were going to go through his toys on Sunday and pick out things he was done playing with, or wanted to share with kids who don't have toys. First he had a million questions about why some kids don't have toys...which is actually hard to explain. Our conversation went something like this: 

D: Why don't the kids have toys? 

Me: Well, some kids just aren't as lucky as you...not everyone has tons of toys or a nice home or a great school... 

D: But why? 

Me: Well, there are lots of reasons. Maybe their mommies and daddies don't have good jobs, or- 

D: Why? 

Me: Well Davis, not everyone gets to go to college or...(And then I'm thinking to myself- Oh geez- does any of this make sense? And how far are we going into this rabbit hole about how tough the world can be...and I think I said something like:) 

Me: Davis- you are lucky. You are blessed to have a nice home and a mommy and daddy and all the nice things you it's really important that you share with the kids that don't have that.

He thought about that for a while, but really felt like he still played with ALL of his toys. So I just said "We can talk about it tomorrow..." 

The next day, I was surprised because we sat down in front of his toy box and I just started pulling things out, asking him if he wanted to keep it or give it...He gave about 50% of the things upfront, and I could tell he felt proud of himself. About halfway through, he looked at me and he said "Well. Hmmph. I don't think I'm going to have any toys left." HA. 

Anyway- on that note- have a good Monday. Don't you feel like sometimes the way you start your week defines the way you spend your week?  

Oh, and P.S. I just got a call from one of my dear friends, Katie from Austin, (now living in Denver) letting me know she got engaged!  I'm so excited for her. Fun way to start the day.