I’m writing this from the warmth of my kitchen. Something I could not say for most of the day. We had a snowstorm blow through overnight bringing 8 inches of snow and 50 mph winds that took out our power for 12 hours. It was a funny lesson for my children in all that electricity does for us, both big and small. Thankfully, there were mounds of snow to be conquered and sugar cookies to be decorated. Still, the day was not without complaints of wanting to watch a favorite movie or why cold, wet snow clothes couldn’t just be thrown in the dryer.
It’s cool, gray and drizzly today. The leaves have almost left the trees and in contrast to the sky the yards and the almost bare branches, seem even more colorful. The boys have been collecting these brillant colored leaves, bringing them home by the handfuls, and in bouquets. They’ll last for about a day before shriveling up into curled, brown leaves that belong more in a pile of leaves to be jumped in, than on my countertop.
Well, I unexpectedly took last week off from blogging. I had every intention of sitting down to write, but every time I did something (or 3 someones) needed my attention instead. By Thursday I threw up my hands in surrender and gave up. Sometimes, weeks just don’t go as planned, this I know. And while I don’t mind the unexpected, sometimes too much of it in one week is just that…too much.
A weekend getaway, with my oldest boy, to Colorado felt like a good (albeit quite cold) reset. Coming home I felt centered again and ready to tackle another full week.
Yesterday, the boys and I found ourselves with nothing on the calendar after school. No activities. This is a bit of a rarity and felt like it should be celebrated and savored. The colors on the trees are really coming in, so with camera and snacks in hand we headed to a local park to toss around the football, walk some trails and find a few autumn treasures.
Did you have a good weekend? I hope so. As we ease into a new week, a few images from how we spent ours…
Crisp morning air at the farmers’ market
Apples, pumpkins, squash and gourds
Apple crisp, apple slices, caramel sauce (sorry for no pictures…we were too busy eating!)