August? What?! August 1st always reminds me that it's time to almost start thinking of Pumpkin Spice Lattes (and I only say that because you hear about them and see them everywhere, I don't actually LIKE them), pumpkins, apples, cider, falling leaves, tall boots, sweaters and more. Oh, how I love fall. I DO love sweaters, boots, and falling leaves though! Fall in Vermont is simply breath-taking. The mountains light up and look like they're on fire. The sunsets get even more beautiful and the weather is *fingers crossed* usually spectacular. Our busy Main Street is bustling with "leaf peepers" hopping on and off the bus, strolling up and down the street, cameras in hand and ready to capture the perfect shot. Being right next door to the most photographed Church in New England definitely has it's perks - and Fall is one of them. The crisp white steeple up against a backdrop of golden hues is spectacular.
We've had a great summer at the store, and we turned 2 on June 10th! We have visitors from all walks of life from all over the world, and I love meeting each and every one of them. I wish I was in the store 7 days a week; I often think about all the things I'm missing out on when I'm not there. However, when I'm there, I'm ALWAYS thinking about what I'm missing out on at home; with my family, my children. It's been a real struggle for sure, to balance life and work. I'm always working, as we ALL are these days. We have the tip of the world in our hands and at our fingertips, so we're always quickly replying to emails, texts, etc. Heck, I placed most of my Christmas orders while out at the lake today. BUT - I often tell myself, in 10 years my kiddos will be teenagers and have full calendars of social events some of which Mom and Dad will be invited to and some of which we will not. My STORE, however, will still be there, waiting for my full attention. I'll gladly work 7 days a week! I love my store, I love everything about it; but I don't want to regret 'not spending enough time with my children while they were younger' someday.
The kids are in bed and I have a few last orders to finish up, I'll write again soon.