Since Summer slipped out of my hands before I could even realize it was gone in my sleepless-nights-mental-fog induced my new motherhood, I’ve decided to make a list of traditions that I’d like to incorporate for our growing little family for fall–my favorite season.
But who am I kidding. I love all seasons. Each one has it’s own beauty and rhythm. And we are rhythmic beings. Beginning nearly at conception, we are begin to grow by the rhythm of our hearts. Beginning at birth, the breath is a new rhythm we live by. Each day has a rhythm–morning soft and then a burst of busy crescendo, an afternoon pause, before evening activities, and then rest. Each season has a rhythm too, and I find comfort in living by the natural rhythms all around us. When we do, life seems easier–less clumsy and more graceful.
Autumn has a busy rhythm–it’s the season before we go within and become reflective. So as the light begins to fade, colors begin to change, and nature begins making her preparations for the cold months to come–I aim to dance along (with baby E.) by:
* Going for one hike a week as long as the weather holds—taking in the changing colors, the smell of in the air, and the coolness of the season.
*Collecting different colors and shapes of leaves and letting E. explore the different textures and colors.
* Apple, apricot, or berry picking and make jam/applesauce/ etc.
* Making elderberry syrup to help keep us well through the winter.
* Making a big pot of soup once a week. Baby E loves cooking with me so far–getting to see and smell and taste the different vegetables is so interesting to him. I hope he will enjoy cooking with me in the future too!
* Going to the park one day a week–soaking in as many nice days as we can before the snow hits.
* Letting Easton pick out his first pumpkin at a pumpkin patch, taking pictures, enjoying the day.
* Making pumpkin bread, soup, smoothies (recipes will be posted here), and letting Easton taste.
* Watching the boys watch football.
*Making an Autumn themed mantle:
*Spending one evening a month without lights, tv, and enjoying candlelight and music. If we had a firepit, I’d do this in the back yard.
*Watch football—in our house, this is a given, and now that I have a son, I think it will be for the rest of my life. I’m learning to like it.
* Begin buying a few Christmas presents a month so I don’t spend December in a panic.
* Reading Fall Themed Books–we are open to any suggestions not listed–but we this year we plan on:
* I’m hoping to knit Easton a few hats in the evenings.
*Dress up for Halloween!
*Celebrate fall solstice with candlelight, an end of summer feast, and time outdoors in the afternoon.
* Not get too attached to our list and remember to breathe when we don’t do everything we plan 🙂
What are your favorite things to do in the fall?