Wednesday, January 21, 2009

fall . . . .we miss you!

This post has two purposes. the first and least important is to sing praises to the season of Fall. The second and greatest reason is to share some of the cutest pictures of my kids. Seriously, look at the first picture. Benson has the cutest smile poking out from a pile of fall leaves. Not only is it beautiful that these leaves have so many colors but they bring so much joy to rake, play, hide and all around play in.
Madisen and Jeddy love to go up in their tree. It is a rite of passage for them. A coming of age when they can get themselves up in the tree by themselves. Well Jeddy uses a chair . . . but he puts it there himself. They sit up their forever pretending and playing. I would absolutely love this if it was in our back yard. It now sits in our front yard over the sidewalk. Not the best place to fall out of a tree. I love 'toys' and entertainment that is simple and makes the kids work for it. Simple meaning it does not require 12 hours of assembly, 4 batteries, or require adult supervision. They have to make the sounds and create their own setting; it is not dictated. Not that I am against supervising my kids. But with 3 mess makers I need to be supervising as I fold, or wipe, or clean.

I can't help looking at these pictures and think of My Heavenly Father and his beautiful creations. One thing I miss about Virginia, and Utah also is their fall season. I miss driving through the rolling hills and Mountains during the changing of the leaves. I miss Bridal Veil Falls' water crushing down the rocks as red leaves float in the wind. I miss driving through the streets and churning up the leaves in the gutter. I miss making huge elaborate mazes in the leaves that covered our front lawn. In our sunny California Paradise we have Fall in January and it rakes into a 50 gallon trash can. Be careful not to miss it before all the leaves drop.

I laugh to see the small size of our leaf pile. If it were in Virginia several things wouldl be different. Depending on the year the kids would not be allowed in the leaves because we had several copperhead snakes living in our front yard. The second one we found I killed with my trusty leaf blower. Also the leaves would be a darker maroon color and the pile would take in the entire yard, and it would be a paramount job to rake and bag over several months. I have to admit fall in California is alot less taxing . . .we don't even own a rake. We left it in Virginia . . .with Fall.
Benson hates being left out of the tree fun. So a few times we sit him up there. He just sits and squeals with excitement. Who knew sitting in a tree was so exciting.


Happy-Hardings said...

Those pictures are priceless, I let another fall go by without leaf pictures. Glad you got some.

Mark and Caroline said...

those are such great pictures. i love to see the kids. did you guys not get any pictures from visiting us? i can send you some if you need them. i bet you are so excited to have luke and april with you all soon. we on the other hand are so sad to let them leave and to see that cute jaren grow up from afar. but they are just another reason to get out to cali and visit with you all; as if we needed another reason, right.

Emily said...

You need to enter that first picture in a contest! So adorable!

Harris Family said...

Miss you guys! Sorry we didn't get ourselves together to see you in Dec. We will need to go to CA again extended stay!!

Benson is a cutie-all your kids are. You might miss UT fall but cherish the beauty of CA for sure. Too cold here is right! your kids are smart. Hope you are well.