It’s finally here, the loveliest, most darling season of them all…fall!
I get positively giddy at the word. For me the season represents all the beautiful things; crisp, delightful, scrumptious, cozy things!
Working at a farm, more specifically this time of year, a bountiful pumpkin patch, the spirit of autumn is not in short supply, my coworkers are equally as ecstatic, and my friends have come to appreciate my passion, if they did not already possess their own zeal from the beginning of our acquaintance.
At home, we all look forward to the shift in mentality that the season ushers in. The busy summer period is shelfed and logged in our memories, as our hearts and minds make the transition to a softer, more comfortable time of the year. Evenings at home again become the “new normal” and an appreciation for all things ordinary and simple is revived. A hot beverage is usually close at hand, and something drool-worthy is always baking or bubbling away on the stovetop, tempting our senses.
Most of our moments are unplanned this time of year, as that seems to be what we all desire, a slowing in pace and less restrictive schedule to just take time and “be”. However, while not knowing has it charms, there is always a list of autumnal delights that we plan to enjoy together while the season beckons for our participation; and this year we will add a few more bit & pieces to our traditions as our little man begins his exploration of the fall things.
drink one-let’s be honest, several-pumpkin spice lattes
mums for the entry
collecting pumpkins of all temperaments
gather a spectrum of leaves on our breezy evening walks
skip rocks by the river
apple picking in an orchard
shadow puppets by the light of candles
pumpkin scented candles everywhere!
play in the crispy fall leaves together
loaves, upon loaves of warm pumpkin bread
get lost in a corn maze
cozy blanket cuddles and warm sips
multiple trips to mama’s farm
seasonal viewings of You’ve Got Mail-The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown-& now Winnie the Pooh’s Blustery Day
pumpkin patch pick’n
get sticky fingers with fresh, gooey caramel apples
splash in a puddle
make many a dutch oven delight
craft a hand turkey of little man’s tiny dimpled fingers
roast pumpkin seeds
try new recipes with farm to table squash
re-enter the world of Hogwarts and all things Harry
football and fan moments
reading in bubba’s teepee
boo at the zoo
bonfires and smores
facetiming with those far-away
putting our phones down and recording these sweet days and happy bits of togetherness in our hearts.