Tomorrow officially begins a BRAND NEW season – fall! And although I love and adore summer (and am truly sad to see it come to an end, especially after such an awesome season at the lake), I have to say that fall has always been my favorite time of year. There’s something refreshing about this particular change of season – it signifies a fresh start as the new fiscal and school year begin, and as we ease back into the routine of home life following the getaways and travels of summertime.
Today I thought I’d share some of my fall favorites, or rather, those things I’m looking forward to the most in the days ahead.
College Football: If you need me on Saturdays, I’ll be cheering on my Michigan State Spartans. Go Green! Go White! Go State!
Pumpkin EVERYTHING: Trips to the pumpkin patch, carving / decorating pumpkins (I have some really cool ideas for our front porch this year), pumpkin pie, pumpkin donuts, chocolate chip pumpkin bread, pumpkin scented candles, and of course, pumpkin spice lattes. Yes, it’s true, I *heart* pumpkins!
Changing Colors: One fabulous thing for us Michiganders – getting to watch the season change from summer to fall right before our very eyes as everything goes from green to bright gold, fire-red, and burnt orange. It’s a transformation unlike any other. If you’ve never seen Michigan in the fall, you should. It’s glorious.
Apple ANYTHING: Trips to the local apple orchard, apple cider, apple pie, honeycrisp apples, and applesauce. Delicious.
Movies: I have a running list of movies that I have to watch this time of year, including: Practical Magic, Hocus Pocus, Casper, The Haunted Mansion, Thomas Crown Affair, and of course, all of the fall / holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel because DUH. They are fabulous in their own cheesy, romantic, innocent, eternally optimistic and hopeful kind of way.
Sundays: Returning to church, taking naps on Sundays while the hubby watches Lions football, making dinner in the crock-pot (letting the whole house fill with the wonderful warm scent of homemade goodness), and the hubby’s hockey games.
Other things I love about fall, include: running in the cooler temperatures, wrapping up in my big fleece blanket and reading for hours, enjoying a cup of hot cinnamon spice tea in the afternoon, having bonfires in the backyard with the hubby, and watching the wildlife make their way across our property at dawn and dusk.
Overall, fall is an incredible season filled with so many blessings and good things. Here’s to an awesome time of year ahead for us all! Enjoy it, friends, and revel in the beauty and harvest this season brings!