A Beautiful Fall

There is a magical few minutes each morning where the sun is the most brilliant gold I have ever seen.  As it begins peeking over the horizon, it casts it's dazzling colors and makes everything look spectacular.

And it's in those quick, few minutes that I enjoy taking pictures the most.  Whether I'm outside or inside, everything that is ordinary looks radiant once the warm orange sun hits it.

It can even morph a burnt pear tart into a thing of beauty.

I love that with fall comes cleaning up the outside.  I can say that because we live in an area that has very few mature trees dangling millions of leaves.  Most of our trees leave only a tiny pile of leaves beneath them.  I know friends who have to rake and rake all of fall, and I'm sure that would not be my choice of fun...but when it just takes us one morning to clean up and cut away, the task becomes more pleasurable.

"We are in for a spell of perfect weather now, every day luminous, every night brimmed with stars.  Picnics at noon, supper by the apple wood fire at night, a walk in the cool moonlight before bed."

-Gladys Taber


I Love Orange

George's pumpkin

Evelyn's pumpkin

Thomas' pumpkin

Annie's pumpkin

my pumpkin

Cheers to pumpkin picking, fall, and the color orange!


A Lovely Fall Treat

Oh, how I love fall.  I can't think of a single person who doesn't love this time of year.  The vibrant colors both outside and in, warm and yummy smells from apple cider candles burning to something baking in the oven, cool, crisp air, and football announcer voices setting the tone for the background noise throughout our home, all make for one heck of a beautiful season.

One of my favorite things to do on an early Saturday morning is sit downstairs on the couch with a good cup of coffee in my hands and flip through cookbooks.  Not just any cookbooks, but ones that intrigue my senses with beautiful pictures and words.This is one of my favorites that I pull out this time of year and read over and over.

This particular morning, TJ had just left to go for a run with Thomas following him on his bike. As I was flipping through her book, I stumbled upon this little beauty, and even better...I had all the ingredients.  As I got up to make a pumpkin latte, I thought wouldn't it be fun to surprise TJ and Thomas with a fancy little fall brunch when they got back.  So the kids and I set to work, which was really no work at all since I had all the ingredients for both the scones and pumpkin latte.  George thought I was funny as I was scurrying about the kitchen tyring to work fast so they would be all done when the boys got home!

Pumpkin latte.  So very good.

And to top them off you drizzle an orange glaze over the top.  YUM!

Right as we were finishing up in the kitchen, the boys called from TJ's parents house where they had stopped.  So we invited Tom and Tonja to come over for our little impromptu fall brunch!

I love how Tom has his napkin tucked into his shirt pocket!

For as much as I love this time of year, I also dread it.  It's the sickness.  This is the time when we seem to catch whatever is going around which usually involves the stomach flu.

I. Hate. It. 

I realize that no one enjoys being sick or watching their little ones not feel well, but I get very anxious about it.  I will say that over the years of my parenting, I have gotten a little better dealing with them being sick, but I still have a long way to go.  The anxiety of someone being sick hovers over me all through the fall and winter.  I dread the wondering of when we'll get it more than the actual sickness itself.

Annie broke me in right on schedule.  October 2nd, the very beginning of fall, she was sick.  Oh well, here we go....