Looking forward to fall

Well, Labor Day has come and gone and the pool is officially closed until next summer. I will miss those lazy summer days. Nora really liked the pool. She kicked her little chubby legs and slapped the surface of the water with her palms, splashing water all over her face. She laughed and squealed letting everyone see those two funny little teeth. (I mean, those teeth are ridiculous. What are they good for? They’re just cute, that’s all.) There’s nothing like wrapping Nora in a towel and drying her off so she’s nice and warm and cozy.

I realize that summer’s not officially over yet, but I see a few leaves changing colors already. Why be sad about it? One of my favorite things about being a mom is getting to do the kid stuff all over again, from a new perspective.

This fall will be about apple picking (and apple crisp) and walking in the woods. Nora will wear cute hats and sweaters that Grammy knitted for her, like this one:

We’ll decorate our new house with pumpkins, squash and scary cats (thatโ€™s about as gory as I get) and we’ll sit on a rocking chair the back porch and where it’ll be nice and breezy. We’ll take Nora on road trips up North to Cold Spring and New Paltz where we’ll wander in and out of little stores and warm our hands with mugs of hot cider. We’ll drive up to Bear Mountain and look out at the yellows and reds and oranges for miles below. We’ll invite friends and family to our home (which will smell like apple crisp. I’m fixing to make a lot of crisp this fall, people.) Our nieces will ride their bikes up and down the street. It’ll be Nora’s first Halloween. We’ll dress her up in a cute/cuddly costume (most likely with bear ears) and take lots of pictures, and she’ll think, “What? What’s the big deal?” Nora and I will sit by the Hudson and look out at the boats. There will be a chill in the air, a cool wind rippling down the river. Weโ€™ll bundle up and head back to the car, bracing ourselves for winter.

(And why be all sad about winter? Think, baby in a snowsuit.)

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9 responses to “Looking forward to fall

  1. Alon is looking forward to the apple crisp (and hanging out with Nora, of course!).

  2. Claire

    OK, first of all, can I trade lives with you? I promise mine is almost as fun as what you described, except it involves a lot more commuting, 100 degree September weather, and statistics. Second of all, when did you start say “fixing to”? That’s a Texas expression – you can’t be fixing to make apple crisp (maybe peach cobbler though)!

    • Well, this is kind of the ideal fall. I didn’t say anything about changing diapers or grading papers. And, yeah, sorry about “fixing.” Clinton used it in his speech the other night and he’s just so endearing! — must have been floating around in my head. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Claire

        Fixing to should definitely become part of the common vernacular! Hope you have a better-than-ideal fall ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Mad Time Mama

    I love reading your blog! I’m going to make apple crisp this weekend now!! Have a good one!

    Sincerely,
    Allye

  4. Yes! Might as well look forward to fall/winter than dread it. AND we can look forward to NEXT summer in the pool! Do I hear a big blue mushroom fountain calling?? ๐Ÿ™‚

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