Finally, Mother Nature got the memo that it’s October and by God, I spent $45 on Children’s Place sale items thanks to Swistle and my girl hadn’t been able to wear any of the clothes yet because it was 90-freaking-degrees outside and we went swimming in her kiddie pool all weekend.
But seriously, folks, I love fall. It’s my favorite time. I was always a dork who liked going back to school. Because my birthday is in a cold-weather month (that also happens to be NEXT MONTH) I always had way more cool-weather clothes than warm weather clothes, so fall marked the time I got to bring out the awesome clothes.
Fall brings so many cool things – the way the late afternoon sunlight looks through the changing leaves in my backyard, the mulled cider (occasionally spiked with a tumbler of rum), the raking of leaves and subsequent building of leaf houses, football of all varieties, sweatshirts and jeans that cover a multitude of eating sins and fires in the fireplace.
And now that she is getting older, we can share a lot of fun stuff with her. Last year, we took her to the Stonycreek Pumpkin Festival and while her dad and I had a lot of fun, she really couldn’t have cared less, I don’t think. We plopped her in the hay to take her picture, plopped her in front of some pumpkins to take her picture, and plopped her behind one of those fake photo fronts with the head cut out for a picture. She couldn’t even crawl yet, much less walk.
This year, I think, will be a little different. I see train rides and pony rides and glee on the hayride in our future. And finally, the weather is starting to cooperate and she can wear the cute pumpkin sweater I got at the second hand shop. One must be properly attired for the pumpkin festival.
On a side note, I’m kind of tired of calling my kid “Angel Face.” I haven’t worked all the way through my full feelings on the subject, and I know I started it for security reasons. But should I come up with something different? Should I use her initial like Rose does? Should I just tell you her actual name? I’m really not sure what to do. Thoughts?