I shudder a little when Target starts their shift from lawn chairs and pool floats shaped like giant pretzels to notebooks, crayons, glue and backpacks. Back to school. However, fall is my favorite season, and the idea of its many splendors being just around the corner pulls me through a slow September.
Here are some of my must-dos this October:
Crock Pot Time: I hope to use my slow cooker many times before November, actually, but one recipe I’d really love to try is maple pumpkin spice Chex mix in the crock pot-what?! Sounds like the perfect thing to share with friends, along with a few packets of that Spiced Apple Cider and maybe some caramels. Can’t you just see it all tied up with a cute plaid ribbon?
Bates Nut Farm: I’m going to bundle Fox and Bear up in their cutest fall ensembles and bring them over to Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center. I’ll push them around in a wheelbarrow or give Fox a mess of glow bracelets to give to other kids. We’ll take pictures of my little men with giant pumpkins and maybe even pick out a pumpkin to take home.
Corn Maze: How have I lived 36 years without doing a corn maze? I’m pretty sure it’s one of those things I’ve romanticized and it will be an epic disappointment. Also, how do you explain a maze, let alone a corn maze, to a two and a half year old and a baby? Still, what if I were to die never having done a corn maze?
Fall Photo Shoot: When Fox was more of a baby, we drove up to Palomar Mountain in Southern California and took some of my favorite photos of him. I brought along a plaid picnic blanket, his fall wardrobe (seriously, how many hats can a baby have?), and some fake pumpkins. And then I died of cuteness. I definitely want to make time to do this with Bear this year as well.
Julian: I grew up in Julian (an hour east of San Diego), so you’d think that this little gold mining town would have lost its charm for me. Nope, in fact, it might have even more charm because it’s layered in nostalgia. Maybe we’ll get a sack of apples or a bag of taffies at the Wynola Flats fruit stand on Highway 78. They just might have some Indian corn for sell or maybe another hat for Fox. No matter what, we will see a few trees changing colors and maybe feel a little chill in the air.
I want to hear about your fall plans. What are your traditions? What might you try for the first time this year?