- Drink hot cider.
- Drink pumpkin beer.
- Go to the pumpkin patch.
- Make art.
- Make Halloween costumes.
- Go trick or treating.
- Make new Beatrix top.
- Christmas gifts.
- Make apple crisp.
- Jump in puddles.
- Go on a date.
- #30daysof thanksgiving on Instagram.
- Go on a hay ride.
- Go to a Halloween party.
- Find some snow.
- Put the garden to bed for the winter.
Decorate for Autumn. Done!
- Make Christmas banner for CaroMade.
- Prep the December Daily album.
- Get some Advent things ready like:
Drink tea. Done! That one was easy!
- Do a puzzle.
- Eat some cheese.
- Plan our 10th Anniversary Party.
- Go to the library.
One of our play group’s annual traditions is to go apple picking in September. We go to my favorite orchards and spend the morning picking apples, playing with the farm stuff, tasting cider, feeding the goats, and welcoming Autumn.
This year was also warmer than it should have been if you ask me. Last year was sort of drizzly and that was much more Autumnal. I love this event because it assures us that Autumn is, in fact, coming. Even when it’s 80 degrees and the day before was over 90, the apples on the trees are a promise of cooler weather, and darker skies. And nothing beats biting into a crisp, juicy apple picked directly off a tree in a century old orchard. I can pretend that there’s a crisp breeze blowing down the rows of trees, if only for a moment.
My camera was doing strange things, and it turns out that the only photos that were in focus (or mostly in focus, anyway) were of Alma, Harriet, Rory, and Poppy. I swear that there were lots of other people there! In fact, I think it was one of the best turn outs we’ve had at a playgroup lately – nine out of the ten families! As I’ve said many times before, I love our little tribe of families in this group, and all our traditions. Next month is our 4th Annual Pumpkin Patch trip, a perennial favorite!
Forgive me, children, Autumn is coming. I can make no excuses for my silly ideas. You will just have to get used to it.
[I’ve been thinking about blogging these past few days, and I’ve come to some conclusions. I used to think that everything had to be new and unique. I’ve changed my mind. There are blogs I read who do the same things each month. Every month, Elise does a currently blog, where she shares what she’s currently doing. It’s full of verbs and gives a glimpse into her life. I love this, but haven’t wanted to be a copy-cat. I finally decided that it’s okay to be a copy-cat. I love the feature, and I feel like it will be something to look back on over the years. So here’s my first – september 2015 currently.] waiting for Autumn to come for reals.
knowing we will get some hot days that will knock me down before Autumn comes for reals.
admitting that I know that Autumn doesn’t need to be capitalized, but standing my assertion that it deserves it.
eating lots of veggies, meat, and fruit for our first Whole30.
feeling like I have a horrible hangover for days on end.
wondering what on earth I’ve been putting in my body that when I stop eating it, it can make me feel so horrible.
hoping it will all be worth it in the end of the 30 days.
knowing that we will definitely be making long term changes to our diet, just based on the past 8 days of Whole30.
reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
building myself up to start setting my alarm earlier so I can get up and have a productive, energizing morning routine.
talking myself out of setting my alarm earlier every single night.
marveling at how perfectly the daily devotions in Savor are matching up with what I need to hear.
wishing I have more time in the mornings to really thinking about and work with each devotion (see above).
listening to a most perfect mix of Autumn music that is a Sara Barielles/ Nickel Creek Pandora station.
singing along to Alma’s CDs, even when she’s not in the car.
anticipating the day in a little under a week when both my girls are in school.
running out of ideas to keep all three of us busy and entertained.
feeling tired and ragged and worn out. It’s been a long summer.
loving these days of golden sunlight, fluffy clouds, crisp breezes, and rain showers.
laughing all day at Harriet’s sweet pouts, Alma’s antics, and getting to share it all with Jesse.
hearing all sorts of sad on NPR.
wanting to do something.
I know, I know, I’m totally jumping the gun on the whole Autumn 2015 header on my blog. (If you’re reading this on a reader, you will have to actually go to the blog to see the new design.)
I just couldn’t help myself. See, here’s what happened. I’m going to make a short story long right now… hold on tight.
All during August, I was following my friend Megan Lenhardt (more like acquaintance, but let’s just say friend) as she committed to doing a vlog a day and calling it Vlaugust. There were some vlogs that I just skimmed (can you say that when it’s a video? what’s the correct term for that?), and some that I watched in its entirety.
I learned a few things about the internet by watching Megan. The first is follow-through. She did it, she posted 31 videos. Another thing was that it’s okay to ask for help – there were a couple vlogs where her husband jumped in and took the lead. Another thing I learned was that content doesn’t matter as much as actually getting it out there. I hope this doesn’t offend her, but there were some vlogs that just didn’t capture my interest.
That’s okay. Not everything she posts will be perfect for her viewers. But she did it, she put it out there. Maybe she knew that some of the videos weren’t going to have many views. Maybe it took her the whole month of posting her vlogs to build up the courage to post the last video.
She ended the month with the most amazing video of all – her first music video on YouTube. I am not going to lie, I’ve been listening to it on repeat all day, and the whole time I’ve been writing this post. It’s one of those songs that just gets into me, stirs something, and makes me want to create and grow and think and share. I think it’s a sign of artistic genius when something inspires someone to create their own kind of art in response. In this case, the genius obviously goes to Sara Bareilles who wrote the song, but also to Megan who sings it beautifully and truthfully.
So, back to me. Short story long and all that.
After watching Megan’s vlogs and thinking about their impact on me, and listening to “Manhattan” over and over and over again, I was inspired to redesign my blog and get back into it. The song is beautiful and melancholy. So is Autumn. Beauty and melancholy always make me want to create, which is probably why Autumn is my favorite and so inspiring to me.
I also thought about what this blog is for, and why I do it. I put most of those thoughts in my newly written About Me section, so please go read that if you’d like to.
I had a couple hours to myself today while my car was having some work done, and I actually planned out a whole month of blog posts that I’m really excited about. So, here I am, inspired once again. Ready to create and share!
Another random thought to add to the end of this already jumbled, unorganized blog post: Today as I was walking to my car, I felt the crisp chill of Autumn sunlight on my face and it was magic. My favorite time is coming and I’ve never been more ready. I know that seasons are generic nouns and don’t need to be capitalized, but let me just say that Autumn deserves to have a capital A.
That is all…
We are super lucky to have an amazing community of families. We do play groups once a month, and October is always a favorite. We head to Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm for their hayride and pumpkins. It’s not a super crazy place for pumpkins, so it’s perfect for toddlers and their little siblings.
This was the third annual trip to the pumpkin patch. Our group has changed quite a bit in the past three years! We’ve added families; families have added members.
There was recently an article about playgroups that went around the internet, talking about the magic that these groups can hold. Some have it, some don’t. Ours has it. I know that even when our kids are scattered and in different schools, we will still have our community. Even if we only get together once a year (likely with the annual pumpkin patch trip!), I know these families will always be a part of our lives.
One of my goals for September was to paint something. I thought it would be fun to make an October painting, and offer it as a download if anyone is interested. I went simple, and minimal and just painted one of my favorite quotations:
I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. – L.M. Montgomery
Feel free to click on the photo below and save it the image file. It’s my autumn gift to you.
Happy October, friends!
The first is obviously New Years. I love to clean up all the Christmas decorations and go into the new year feeling fresh and clean. The resolutions always feel a bit forced to me because there’s that overriding sense that we will all fail at these goals. But, there is also the choosing of the One Little Word. And the new numbers we have to learn to write in the date boxes on forms.
The next time of year when we get a fresh start is Novruz. It is the Spring equinox, and a time of growth and rebirth. At this time, we get to leave all our problems, worries, and bad things in a fire to get all burned up.
The third time is Autumn. After a long, hot summer, It always feels so good to feel the crispness in the air. The light starts to change. The leaves turn red, yellow, orange. The grass turns green again. Kids and teachers are making new starts in their classrooms. They buy new clothes, pencils, backpacks. The school year is full of amazing possibilities. I always loved when it was time to go back to school. It’s no surprise that I went into teaching with this kind of attitude about school.
The summer is hard for me. I don’t like the heat – it drains my energy and creativity. I don’t like how everything looks dirty – without a good rain dust and dirt starts to build up on everything. I do have to admit that summer is a lot more fun with kids. It’s been great getting to play outside and swim so much. I also loved all the fun things we did this summer – the track meets, trips, and lots of fun park dates with friends. But I’m pretty much ready for a cleansing rain and cooler weather.
I always get a surge of energy around this time of year. Energy for decorating my house (this is pretty much the only season I actually decorate – besides Christmas). Energy for making things. Energy to work in the garden. Energy to drink tea and do jigsaw puzzles. Energy to cuddle and wear slippers. Energy to stay up late playing board games.
I know some people hate to see summer end, but I say bring on autumn! And I’m already indoctrinating Alma. I have her on the lookout for autumn – whenever we’re in the car, she’s looking for the changing leaves and yells “MOMMMMY!!!! AUTUMN!!! OVER THERE!” whenever she sees some. Hattie even pointed out a yellow tree on our walk yesterday.
I will leave you with my autumn anthem by Laura Kemp. Enjoy!