It’s the best. By far and away it is the greatest season that God has allowed mere mortals to enjoy. Personally, I picture heaven as a sort of perma-fall. The colors. The smells. The SCARVES. I mean, it just doesn’t get any better. And so, in honor of the beginning of Fall Tomorrow on September 1 (at least that’s the beginning of Fall for the Darling Girls!), I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 unexpected things to love about Fall. We all know how amazing the colorful leaves are. And we all picture Halloween and trick or treating when we think of Autumn, but have you thought of how great Fall is because of these?!
There’s nothing quite like cozying up with a blanket and a cup of tea (see #2) on a stormy fall day. Throw in a leather chair in front of a fireplace and you have what my dreams are made of.
9. PREP football
Not that pro and college football are boring, but high school football is just better. You can actually go to the games and hear the pep band. Sometimes you even get to freeze your tush off on the metal bleacher. And if you are lucky, you’ll get nailed in the head with a hot dog from the hot dog launcher and catch some teens make Googley eyes at each other. Ah, youths.
8. Farmers Markets
Have you ever been to a Farmer’s Market in fall? Nevermind the summer crops! Fresh fall produce is top notch! Apples, fresh hot apple cider (go look at #2 again), corn stalks for decorating, pumpkins, gourds, mums. Just beautiful all around. Bonus if you can get your hands on some gourmet caramel apples.
7. Oatmeal for breakfast
Yes, you can have oatmeal year round. Yes, refrigerator overnight oats are the bomb. But when you wake up to that crisp fall air, crawl into your softest sweater and leggings, and sit with coffee (#2 anyone?!) and oatmeal, something magical happens. I like to call this magic: wingardium leviOATSa (Harry Potter reference anyone? You’re welcome.)
Summer is amazing, but it is also crazy. Vacations, longer days, later bedtimes, play dates, beach days, days with family, fairs, and more junk food all take their toll on a person. Be you mom, dad, child, or living, summer schedules are the best of times and the worst of times. Getting back into the swing of things in fall is just what the doctor ordered. (Especially if you are somewhat crazy like me and Ruth. We have anxiety issues so we need routine to stay as not-crazy as possible!)
Just. Yum. It’s cheap. It’s warm (there goes #2 edging it’s way into our list again!). It’s metamorphic. It’s a one pot full meal. Mothers everywhere thank you, Mister Soup Inventor Man.
To cover the legs that we don’t have to shave daily anymore and to control the tummies that we don’t have to suck in anymore. Until next year, bikinis.
I am not actually sure why boots are so amazing. Isn’t it a little odd that we now have an obsession with this footwear made popular by equestrians, farmers, and fishermen? Whatever. They’re cute and I want one of every style.
2. Hot chocolate. Coffee. Apple Cider. Mulled wine. Name a warm drink. It always tastes better when smelling the changing leaves!
Do I really need to say anything else? I don’t think so.
1. Becoming a kid all over again
Jumping in leaves. Covering your face in caramel. Rolling down a hill surrounded by changing trees. Finding twigs and crunchy leaf pieces in your hairs when you brush it. Dressing up and asking strangers for candy. Ding dong ditch (you know you’ve done it). Fall is a time to let the kid in you back out again. So go ahead and enjoy yourself and the best season around!
As always, Jesus first, darling!