Saturday, November 5, 2011

It's My Favorite Time of Year!

     For those of you who know me, you may or may not know that fall is my favourite time of year.  I have always loved cooler (but not too cold!) days, leaves changing colors, fire in the fireplace (when we have had one), and even the routine of starting school!  We've been really busy lately, but I've been working on remembering to enjoy the season and the joy it brings me!

     One fun tradition I have enjoyed with the boys is going to the pumpkin patch and picking out a pumpkin.  We have been able to do this almost every year since First-Born was a baby, and they look forward to it almost as much as I do!  We incorporated it into a field trip this year, so we had an extra-great time!  We sometimes carve the pumpkins, but this year I was leaving the day after the pumpkins came home, so we didn't this year.  Daddy and the boys drew faces on their pumpkins while I was gone.  Except for First-Born--he drew a bat.  We don't really celebrate "Halloween", but carving pumpkins is fun, so we like to do it!  Also, pumpkin seeds are yummy!  

     Another thing that I try to do in the fall is a big clean.  That's what I spent today doing, actually!  Hubby had to be gone all day for a Cub Scout training session, so I thought it was the perfect time to snag some deep-cleaning time!  I threatened to plop the boys in front of the TV for the whole day so I could work in peace, but I didn't actually have to do it!  They were happy to be home for a change, and played with their toys most of the morning.  (Somewhat peacefully, thank Heaven!)  Then, after lunch and naps, I sent them outside so I could finish up.  I was able to get everything on my mental list done by the time Hubby got home--yay!  I will sleep great tonight...not only because the house is sparkly, but because I'm exhausted!  

     We're gearing up for a few big events in the near future.  Several members of Hubby's family are planning on making a trip to visit in a couple of weeks.  If everyone who is planning on the trip is able to make it, we'll have 10 adults and 14 1/2 kids!  (One's not quite here yet!)  It will be great to see them all, but I have to admit...I'm at a loss as to what to do for food!  Guess we'll just cross that bridge when we get there... 

     Soon it will be Thanksgiving, which is the holiday my family has always enjoyed the most.  Mom always likes for us all to be at the house for Thanksgiving, and her turkey is something we look forward to all year!  It will be our first Thanksgiving in Mom and Dad's new place, and I know we will all have a little extra thankfulness in our hearts that we are all still here to share it with each other!  

     So, that's just a few reasons why fall is my favourite season.  Hope you are enjoying your own fall time and are remembering to be thankful for your "Lego moments" every day!  :)