Every autumn one of our favorite activities as a family is to go to an apple orchard and pick apples from the trees. Freshly picked apples are are like our right of passage into autumn each year. We are fortunate to live near Lake Michigan, which lends to a fruit-friendly microclimate.
We had such a lovely pleasant summer that nurtured the apples all summer long and the late fall delays any frosts and enables the midwesterners, like my family, to visit orchards and pick plenty of apples to carry us through the long dreadful months of winter.
Next Thursday is the first day of autumn, officially. But I have noticed a change in the seasons beginning. The mornings are not quite so early and the evenings are not as long. The acorns are falling like crazy from my oak trees in my backyard and the chipmunks and squirrels are all scrambling to gather and forage for the winter that will be here before we know it.
I happen to have a bit of a bug, it's called the travel bug. Have you heard of it before? I think I contracted this bug when I was 18 and I took a solo trip to Chicago after I graduated from high school. I decided that 'hey, I'm staying here instead of returning to rural Iowa' and I'm doing everything I can to visit every place that appeals to me.
I love to travel nationally and internationally and like to alternative my trips between the two destinations. This past summer we traveled nationally and headed up the east coast for almost three weeks. My family had so much fun checking out many different cities, sights and experiences.
I think at some point everyone has had a Radio Flyer wagon or tricycle. I recall my twin brothers pulling themselves to many adventures in their Town & Country red wagon as kids. I purchased my son a Little Red Fire Engine when he was a toddler and I would push him around my house for hours. His sisters also had many turns when they were old enough. They all also pedaled the Classic Red Tricycle up and down our sidewalks for many years and many memories. My husband has pulled our three kiddos in our Pathfinder wagon for the past decade and a half.
It is the end of the summer season and we are full steam ahead into fall. We are diving head first into the back to school schedules and daily routines. I now have one child in elementary school, one child in middle school and one child in high school. Both my middle schooler and my high schooler are in accelerated school programs and they are with school work and super b-u-s-y with other activities!
I have said this before, but I truly love watches. I have been wearing one since I was a tween and over the years have developed a liking for unique watches. I'm one of those women who just needs to know what time it is, all the time.
Melody Ellison, the newest character to join American Girl’s popular BeForever line, is a hopeful and positive 9 year-old girl growing up during a time that is completely different from what my daughters experience in society today. But Melody is so relatable to young girls in this generation because young girls face so many different types of discrimination today.
If you are like me, you are dreading the thought of the 5:30 am blaring alarm waking you up after sleeping late all summer long. I will have to get up and get my three kids off to school, all three with lunches in hand.
It's almost back-to-school time, which means, I'm gearing up for back-to-school lunches. None of my children have ever attended a school that offered hot lunch, so I have always needed to pack a lunch for them. This year my son will be attending a school that offers hot lunch and this will be our first experience with school lunches.