Fall is my FAVORITE time of year.
Fall is perfect for… (the following)
…Displaying mums that your girls sat on a million times in the cart at Walmart– and then, died a week later on the porch, because you never bothered to water them. Reason: not fun to water battered, ugly mums.
…Creating warmth inside in little ways. Silver thrift store bowl, coffee bean filler, and my sweet pumpkin candles from Shelly. The last of the greenery I could find outside, in a ancient lidless salt shaker.
…For cuddling puppies that are not yours– but you sure wish they were. That`s Elle, she is a dog LOVER!
…For waking up just to pour a cup of coffee with the ever so famous PUMPKIN CREAMER. Well, famous to a few of us who love it– Dawn, G and I.
…Having friends over for a warm breakfast. Both as in, the house is warm and the breakfast is warmer. (I was going to mention how good conversation warms the soul but thought it might be too cheesy.)
…Taking time to wile the day away reading mommy`s BELOVED collection of vintage books. The graphics in these make me sing and dance inside, as I`m reading them. Color tones = awesome.
Grandfather and I.
I LOVE this book! If it was possible for me to be a grandpa, I`d want to be one just like the grandpa in this book.
But grandfather and I never hurry.
We walk along, and walk along.
And look, as long as we like.
Does anyone else ever try to think of who people look like, every time you see someone? In a book, or in real? Can be from any era, any time zone.
With these 3 kids above it was super random.
From left to right. First boy: My cousin Paul when he was little (lives in Alberta, is older than me), Clarita Yoder`s littlest girl, and Marlys Pletcher`s oldest girl.
I am super weird, it`s ok.
Love the picture in the middle with the little girl (red knee socks, red jumper) gazing adoringly at her cool high schooling brother in the lettered sweater. And how all their feet turn outwards.
Number 5… oh, wait, S.. what a red heart throb that year. He drove Betty Jean crazy all year long. She was a cheerleader of course, and she worked at the drugstore/malt shop after school. Her mother was Helen Patricia Strong head of the famed Finger Sandwich Luncheons.
Ok, I need to stop.
And if you must know– I have a sickness. I love old children`s books. I have a hU-ge suitcase of them in the attic, I have never even opened since Elle was born– Happy Hollisters, Dear Katie John– you name it.
… Cuddling extra long on cold mornings with my girlies. I usually gnaw on them for about a 1/2 hour when they get up, if we have nowhere we have to be. We are a very kissy family– all 4 of us. Secret`s out.
…October, which hosts ♥ Sweetest Day– a very nice day. This is what I got ↑.
Galen brought the girls each their own Reeses cup. They sat on the couch and devoured them with shaking fingers. They probably were all stressed because they couldn`t believe they were really allowed to eat a WHOLE CANDY BAR EACH. Without getting barked at.
I gave G a box of Starbucks ice cream (around a quarter a bite, that stuff!), root beer in a cool bottle, and a large chili from Wendy`s with raw onions on it. He was painting the porch when I gave it to him and he was thrilled really! Trust me when you love someone… you know what they will love. ♥
Cuddling this girl? More fun than a mom should be allowed to have. Crazy times!
…Shopping alone. The other week, my sister Julana, OFFERED to watch my girls so I could shop for a whole day. I won`t say anymore because I would write a book. It was glorious.
And OF COURSE,
Fall is good for….
… The fall edition of Country Living. The awesome thing is there are 3– August, September, October. All the leafy, plaid throw blanket, pumpkin-y goodness in one place.
Same shot. New head tilts.
Fall is great for…
…Petting animals, before the beautiful place closes.
…Riding ponies, bravely.
…Riding a pony that hacked, heaved, and coughed the whole ride. She bravely clung there– I was proud of her.
Yup, she is reading a text from another baby. What, your 2 year olds don`t have CELL PHONES? Get with it.
…Staring at the smallest pony we had ever seen.
…Picking a pumpkin with little buddies.
…Hayrides, jolting, rollicking hayrides– out into the pumpkin patch.
… For little kids getting to pick their own specially selected pumpkin, while a stout, happy, Amish boy comes along with a cruel-looking snips, to cut it down for the kids. Get your fingers back, kids. Moms are scared.
I thought it was really “full of meaning” to take my Sweetest Day bouquet apart, to make 2 little smaller bouquets for the girls to hold on our family pictures this year. There has to be some deeper symbolism in it all.
Here is Laila`s.
Here is Elle with the same one. They fought Bitterly for this one (versus the orange bouquet) all through the “photo shoot”. (It`s pink.)
Poor Elle, got stuck with the ugly orange one.
One more family picture shot. Husband and wife.
(This is one of my favorite buildings in town– our post office. It`s so COOL, both inside and out.)
The only fall decor I did. Pumpkins from Walmart. $3 for three.
Fall is perfect for a slower time of year– which includes more jaunts to the local thrift store. A really good one, I might add (Save and Serve). Tiny silver trophy– $2.
…Fall parties thrown my our church.
Real amish man, making REAL stew. It was sooo good.
Fun coffee bar.
Some of the youth made twisty and helium balloons for the kids, and had other activities for them.
Ladies chat it up.
Tracy and Dawn look very enlightened.
I love this picture with Elle ever-hovering by her beloved baby Gabrielle. (Thanks Rachelle, for all your patience in this. ) 🙂
I have wanted a reading nook by the window for awhile now. I got this chair a few weeks ago for $5– trust me, I had to put work into it…
The girls love to sit here in the mornings and look out at the fog, or the people walking down the street. I can`t wait until the morning they can watch the FIRST SNOW.
Ok, that was my WAY TOO LONG (G will comment) post– about the joys of fall.
So do tell. What is your favorite season of the year– and 3 words on why you like it? That was confusing. Example:
“Summer. Flip flops, my convertible, and Ray Bans”
Not true for me, but it might be for you!