Fall: Some of my Favorite Things

I love the change in seasons. Each time the seasons change, I swear that the incoming season is my favorite. I’m blessed, because living in North Dakota guarantees me all four seasons (though sometimes I am cheated out of most of spring!)

Fall may really be my favorite though. It is still warm enough to be outside, but just crisp enough that I can pull out my long pants again, and top them with my favorite University of North Dakota sweatshirt.

FallWhile I am not one of those pumpkin spice everything people . . . I do enjoy some actual pumpkin in my food. I love my easy Pumpkin muffins, and my friend Annie Makes the best pumpkin pie ever! But as for my coffee, I increase my consumption in the fall, but I still prefer it with cream and sugar . . . no pumpkin spice!

Fall means cross country meets in our family. It is the most time that I spend on golf courses all year! I cheer for our runners until I lose my voice (and then I drink more coffee!).

Fall also means I get interested in cooking again. I love making soups and stews and letting things simmer all day in the slow cooker while I am at work, but the family does not seem to appreciate soup in the summer.

I like to take long walks in the fall. I so enjoy the changing colors and the nice cool temperatures and the crunch of leaves beneath my feet. A nice autumn walk is a feast for the senses.

My kids HATE raking leaves, but my teen loves packing away the lawn mower for the rest of the year. The little ones love playing in the leaf piles and they make the most of our fall yard work.

Fall means some of my biggest fundraising events for work begin to ramp up, so I find myself busier and busier during the day! All the more reason for heavier coffee consumption (do you sense a theme here?)

Candy corn. Enough said.

I love that even my bigger kids enjoy a family trek to the pumpkin patch. There are always new surprises, and some of our favorite, cherished, family photos have been snapped here!

As much as I love the long summer days, I really appreciate it getting darker earlier in fall, with still enough daylight to play outside, but getting dark just in time to let the little ones know that it really is bedtime. We all sleep better in the fall!

Chime in! What are your favorite things about fall?


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Written by Dakotapam
I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!