Fall in the south is a funny thing. The temperatures don’t feel “fall-ish” until the end of October/early November and the leaves don’t change colors until around that time either – but then it feels like they fall off the trees immediately, leaving little time to enjoy the foliage. It’s probably not really that quickly but it sure feels that way. But nevertheless, having spent my adolescent and young adult years in FL, I’m grateful to be able to say we actually have the season at all. In fact, I get really excited about it. Spoiler: We’re super basic.
It’s hot in Georgia from about April until the end of October. The southern sun will getcha for sure. So when fall rolls around, we can actually enjoy being outside without sweating to death. It’s such a nice break to not have to seek shade and shelter everywhere we go. To kick off the start of fall, we recently had a family cookout/picnic at our favorite state park. The girls loved it because they got to run around the playground while their Daddy grilled and I got everything set and ready.
Yellows, reds, burnt oranges… I love them all! Fall clothes are probably my favorite simply because of the colors. Maybe it’s because they match well with my skin tone but even if they didn’t, I might still love them just the same! Fall decor also makes me happy, too! I decorate my home in fall colors pretty much all year round so fall is the one time of year when it makes sense! I save the scarecrow, corn, and pumpkin decor for the season, though. 🙂
Visiting the pumpkin patch is an annual tradition for our family. We haven’t gone yet but we plan to soon! There is one close to our home that has a sunflower field as well as a haunted hay ride for older kids and adults and bounce-houses for the little ones. It’s always a lot of fun for us and A is now old enough to look forward to it which makes it even better.
Speaking of pumpkins, let’s just embrace being super #basic right now. While I agree that the variety of pumpkin spice products out there has gotten ridiculously out of control, I cant help but love the classics – pumpkin lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, and all other delicious pumpkin desserts… like pie! I can pretty much do without everything else.
I saved the best for last. Thanksgiving is Todd’s most favorite holiday of the year and is definitely high on my list, too. There is something so special about breaking bread with family and counting, naming, and giving praise for our blessings around the table. There are no gifts, no fictional characters, and no hoopla – just being thankful for this life. Thanksgiving, to me, is the peak of the whole season.
I know you’re probably wondering why I didn’t mention Halloween. Well, I do love Halloween but not as much as some others. Before kids, I loved the parties and the costumes. Now, as a mom, I love taking my kids trick-or-treating and handing out candy at our front door but that’s the extent of it. I’m not one to go crazy over it like so many do. Oh, and I also couldn’t care less about football. 🙂
What about you? What’s your favorite season? Tell me in the comments below!