At the onset of every season, my mind fills with ideas and dreams of how we can seize the newness and nostalgia of the next few months. Ideas like berry picking in spring, picnicking at an outdoor concert in summer, going for a drive to see the changing leaves in fall, and mountain explorations come winter.
When it comes to the close of a season, it’s typical that we’ve seized maybe half of those dreamed up moments. While that used to disappoint me, in this new season of parental life, I see that half lived-and-enjoyed list as successful. (That ‘realistic corner of my brain’ is functioning with much more precision these days.) Still, I yearn for that feeling of taking the season ‘by the horns’ and living it to it’s fullest. I’ve realized that the trouble lies in that it’s hard to capture that feeling, when those excursions and moments are spread across a three month span. With time, those memories settle into sweetness and nostalgia, but tend to lose their brightness.
This is why I’ve approached this fall season – my favorite season – in a new way. Instead of coming up with a list that we can seize as times allows, we decided to cut out a dedicated slice of time – a weekend focused around our fall favorites. We celebrated our fall weekend this past weekend (alongside some incredible weather!). As the weekend drew to a close, I felt content and happy, and like I had the chance fully focus and and enjoy this beautiful and favorite season of mine.
Visiting the Washington Park Arboretum – which Kian has come to call the ‘tree park’ – to see the changing leaves. Kian loved it, I loved it, and we so actually visited again just two days later.
Making fall spiced donuts, which we packed up to snack on after our time at the pumpkin patch. Kian was a great little helper, being incredibly ‘thorough’ with his test tasting role.
A fall weekend wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the pumpkin patch. Kian was most interested in the tractors, and second most interested in ‘seat-testing’ multiple pumpkins. It was a gorgeous day, with bright blue skies and not a cloud in sight.
Being such a gorgeous weekend, we maximized our time outside. I LIVE for these type of fall days, where the the air is crisp, but you can still feel the heat from the sun’s rays. We took an evening walk to a neighborhood park, and Kian helped to rake and pick up the leaves in our backyard (of course, with ‘jumping’ breaks included).
We ended the weekend with steamy bowls of pumpkin chicken chili (a favorite).
I’d loved to know what are some of your favorite ways to celebrate the season?