Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Autumn Wrap-Up

Well, it's December 1st - my quest to enjoy the Autumn season is officially complete. I feel this was an important exercise for me to do. I found myself feeling much happier this fall as I tried to really appreciate the little things around me.

Crunchy leaves, fresh brisk air, surprisingly warm days, light sweaters...all these things I previously pushed aside in my hurry to hate on Winter. Well, my perspective has changed this year and I have found many things to be thankful for.
One thing I am not thankful for : acorn squash. Or maybe just squash in general. I went on this I-love-fall-time kick and bought all these harvest-y foods at Sunflower Market. Turns out, I hate gourds. No matter how many different ways I tried to make it, I could not come up with a single recipe that didn't make me feel like I was eating baby food. So. Lesson learned.

Everything else about the season turned out fine, though.

Now that the lovely fall colors have disappeared and everything is brown and dreary. I feel ready for the snow to come. I can't believe I just said that! I usually hate snow. But my tree is up, my baby is coming, and I'm ready for a little Christmas spirit.

Bring on the Winter - I'll celebrate that too!

Tonight I made my first advent calendar. It's nothing super fancy, but I found this free downloadable version and printed it out. I've been inspired by the traditions of Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day (a favorite blog) and so I'm going to fill our calendar with ideas and activities for Joe and I to do to get the most from the Christmas season. I hope this will be a new tradition for our growing family. If you get a chance, check out Jordan's list - it's pretty inspiring!


Katie said...

I am glad you enjoyed autumn. Your Christmas decorations really are super cute. I am so ready for snow as well.

Joe Hardie said...

You are so beautiful. I hope you never doubt how much I adore you.


Old Joe said...

The trick with squash is to get plenty of butter, brown sugar and cinnamon - at least a cup of each per half cup of grated squash.

Gourds are for drying out and making bird houses. They're not really meant to be eaten. (I don't think the Indians even ate gourds, but you'd have to as Joe's dad for the official ruling on that!)

Will the first baby pics be here or on the family blog. Hope all goes well for you and your little miracle. (The baby, not Joe!)