From harvesting to hiking, hayrides and pumpkin patches, our activities have a decidedly autumnal flavor these days.
One of my girls has a much more extroverted energy than the rest of us. With the weather cooling and the days shortening, I want to ensure that she's getting her needs met, too. Sylvia joined in with some of her friends at girl scouts for the first time this year (without big sister). She has a weekly ballet class without siblings as well.
Her first girl scout outing was to a local farm to help the farmers gather pumpkins and to take a hayride. She loved it, of course.
― Henry David Thoreau
The farm happened to be about a mile away from us. When I was chatting with one of the the farmers, she expressed an interest in our eggs. After the outing was over, I dropped Sylvia and Ayla off at home and took Camille with me to deliver a carton of eggs to the farmers. We exchanged them for Camille's pick of any pumpkin in the field. Sweet!
After circus class this week, we met friends at one of the most beautiful places that I've ever been in Wisconsin. We hiked into a magical gorge filled with a slow moving creek, waterfalls, and exuberant children. While I remembered to bring my camera, it didn't do me any good with the battery still sitting at home in the charger. Ack! I was still driving in the van when this dawned on me, and I said in a very calm voice, "I'm going to yell now. It has nothing to do with any of you ... YELLING AND MILD CURSING about batteries and forgetfulness ... (calm voice again) I'm done yelling now." They burst out laughing at my absurd venting, and we proceeded to have an amazing hike. I let go of my desire to 'capture the moment' and immersed in it instead. That has a charm and awareness of its own, though I do love seeing beauty through the lens.
monarch on aster, backyard beauty
The local color is slowly changing, with rust and gold peppering the formerly green fields.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.