It’s Fall!

‘Tis the season for pumpkin carving, apple picking, soups and stews in the crock pot, adorable little kids in costumes, and patients harassing me to get their treatment done before the weather and roads become icy and unpredictable.

I love fall.  Always have.  I love the crispness in the air, the smell of wood stoves, and the colors of the leaves (just kidding, I’m colorblind, but I threw that one in there for those of you who aren’t, because I’m nice like that).  Last fall was a little bit crazy for me, because Tyler and I had just separated and no matter how clear-headed I sounded, I probably wouldn’t have noticed whether or not the seasons changed at all.  Those first divorced holiday seasons are tough.  But this year I am in a great place and I am so ready to enjoy every minute of it.

Caroline and I went to the local orchard this past weekend with some friends and picked out some pumpkins, which we will obviously be carving and putting candles inside regardless of my apartment’s rules against such things.  I’ve also gone apple-picking, hayride-riding, and have been cooking all kinds of delicious fall things, like apple crisp and maple-roasted chicken with sweet potatoes and roasted squash soup.

Halloween is coming up quickly, and true to form, I haven’t even considered what costume Caroline will be wearing.  She says she wants to be a princess (this should come as a surprise to precisely no one) so I suppose that’s what she’ll be.  Tyler had her for Halloween last year, so he got to take her trick-or-treating– I’m so excited to take her this year for what will be the first time she’s gone with me.  Partly because I think it will be so cute… and partly because she still isn’t allowed much candy so I am totally gonna eat it all.  If any other dentists ask, though, I will of course be throwing out all the candy and replacing it with a bucket full of toothbrushes because that’s how we roll.

So tell me, how is your family celebrating the fall?  What are your favorite fall dishes?  What will your kids be for Halloween?  (HINT, I need ideas that aren’t princesses.  Thanks in advance.)

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  1. by SingleMama

    On October 20, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I LOVE fall! Making things like apple crisp and and baked potato soup, yum! HJ is going to be a dragon for halloween. Have you looked on pinterest? There is a TON of ridiculously cute girl costumes (scarecrow, mermaid, butterfly, even audrey hepborn!)

  2. by Janie

    On October 20, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Superheroes are the thing right now around here. True to that, my girl is going to be Wonder Woman.

  3. by Kristen Bowman

    On October 20, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I absolutely LOVE your blog! Everytime I read it, I find it clever, thoughtful, funny, true and just GOOD. It always resonates with me personally! Just had to let you know!

    As for Halloween, my son Henry is into being the “bad guy” lately. And so, this year I will be trick-or-treating with Bobba Fett. *sigh* Guess my years of crafting cutesy costumes are over… *another sigh*

    Happy Fall!!

  4. by Ryan Mathes

    On October 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Let her be a princess! : ) I was a pricess like 100 times as a kid and I’m such a non-girly girl now that the pictures always make me smile.

    Also YAY fall! I love fall best too. AND colorblind? Really? Isn’t that rare in girls?
    Ryan… reading you since the nest : )

  5. by Sheena

    On October 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    LOVE the picture of Caroline. My daughter is going to be an Eskimo girl – I let her pick the constume out – it is still girly because it consists of a fur trimmed dress with a hood and all. She liked it better than any of the princess stuff (she is 20 months old). So excited to take her trick or treating (maybe – I’m hoping I get off clinicals early or I’ll miss it!)

  6. by Jen

    On October 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Matt will be a spider because it is not returnable! and he will LIKE IT, damnit!