Leaf Season

Fall Leaves

Every fall my girls love when Ed rakes up a big pile of leaves, and then they jump right in!


This year, they raked up their leaf pile by themselves, and they have been jumping in the leaves every chance they get!


There is a problem with leaf season, however. Leaf piles also somehow start forming inside the house as well as outside the house!

I’m not complaining. Pretty soon it will be snow season…and I’m not ready for that!


Mud Season

The four seasons are why I love living in the Midwest. The past few winters, however, have almost done me in. It seemed like every single Saturday morning, I was slipping and sliding in my minivan on the way to piano lessons. As much as I love snow, I was tired of spending my afternoons shoveling the driveway. And then there was the cold! The polar vortex visited us a couple of winters in a row, and school was cancelled because of the subzero temperatures.

Well, we had none of that this year. Winter is not done with us yet, I know, and I did have the sump pump pipe freeze on me because of the extreme cold, but those subzero temperatures didn’t last long. The sun is shining and the birds are singing on this beautiful February morning. Spring is coming!

In the excitement of throwing the windows open to release the stale air and let fresh air inside and throwing the kids outside to play, I forgot; when you mix kids with warm air and melting snow drifts, you get mud. Mud tracked into the house on boots and smeared on hands.

Mud pie

But I love it anyway. I love seeing the buds grow on the trees and slowly turn green and green shoots pushing through last year’s brown, dried-up leaves. I love opening the windows even when it’s not quite warm enough to open the windows. I love kicking the kids outside to play.

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Without winter, the long, cold, snowy winter, Spring would not be so fresh and new and green.

Lily skateboarding

What is your favorite season?

Pick one (or more) and write about the prompt on your blog. Then come back here to link up your blog post! Don’t forget, the linky will close on February 29th!

1. On Groundhog Day, the groundhog is supposed to tell us when Spring will arrive. What is your favorite season and why?

2. Company’s coming! What is your favorite recipe to make when you have guests?

3. Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14. Do you have a craft or cute Valentine ideas to share with us?

4. 2016 is Leap Year. If you had no other obligations, what would you do with an extra day?

The linky will be open all month long! But remember, this is the shortest month of the year, so you only have 29 days to write!


Sledding in November

Yes, we’ve had snow in November before. But we haven’t had good sledding snow in November before, or at least that we remember! Sledding on Sunday, snowman building today, and tomorrow? There may not be much snow left. It’s melting!

Watermarked Sledding Collagesignature




I had planned to write about our Fall walks during November’s NaBloPoMo. (Unfortunately, I blew it. NaBloPoMo, that is. Lily and Emmy had two friends over for a sleepover Friday night, and I completely forgot to write a blog post! Boo.)

We have had a gorgeous Fall, with lots of warm days and cool nights; beautiful leaves and dry weather; wonderful weekends to hike in the woods.

fall trees

We soaked in the sunny skies and jumped in leaves. Boy, did we ever jump in leaves! Ed piled up the highest leaf pile he’s ever made in our front yard. I have to admit, while I was raking it to the curb for the leaf trucks to pick it up last Thursday, I may have been cursing him and his leaf pile. But he just can’t resist. A little girl we know loves leaf piles so very much.

watermarked leaf pile

And then, on Friday night, the first snowflakes started to fall. And just like that, our beautiful Fall was over. The leaves haven’t even completely fallen off all of the trees yet.

Fall tree with snow

And now, it’s winter. The calendar doesn’t say that it’s winter yet, but the way the minivan slid around the snow-covered roads on the way to piano lessons yesterday said it was winter. The biting wind and snowdrifts say that it’s winter. Ugh. Winter is here.

snow covered tree

Until Wednesday, at least. Then the temperatures are supposed to go up and then we’ll get rain instead of snow for a wet and mild Thanksgiving. We’ll see about that.





I’ve lost that lovin’ feeling for Fall {Tuesday Ten}

front of combine

After last year’s long, cold and snowy winter, I hardly want to think about Fall. This is not like me; I love how the seasons change in the Midwest. So maybe listing my favorite things about Fall for Lisa and Rabia’s Tuesday Ten will help me love Fall again.

1. I love pumpkins. Going to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkins is so fun. Carving pumpkins, roasting the seeds, making pumpkin bars–all such a fun part of Fall. Unfortunately, the squirrels at my house love pumpkins, too, and as soon as I put a pumpkin on the porch, the squirrels start snacking on it. (Side note: I don’t like the pumpkin spice latte from a certain popular coffee shop that most suburban moms seem to go nuts over.)

2. Being able to wear my comfy, gray sweater. It’s started to show its age, but I love slipping into my sweater every fall!

3. Using my crock pot. I love having a meal ready and waiting for me at dinner time! You’ll be surprised at what I found in my purse in the vlog below.

4. I love walking through the dry leaves and crunching them with my feet!

5. Watching corn get harvested. Last Fall, I was able to ride a combine. It was such a fun ride as part of my experience as a Field Mom!

After my ride in a combine harvesting field corn

Instead of writing 5 more things I love about Fall, I’d love to have you visit an article I wrote on my experience as a Field Mom at Watch Us Grow, the Illinois Farm Families website. I’m one of IFF’s new Field Mom Ambassadors! If you are interested in the program and live in the Chicago area, you can apply to be a 2015 City Mom! Even if you’re not in the Chicago area, you can see me getting licked by a calf over at Watch Us Grow.

Field Mom Ambassador[Tweet “Do you like Fall? Trying to fall back in love with Fall on #TuesdayTen!”]

The Golden Spoons


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