Monday, September 22, 2008

Smells like fall in my house

I am off today, tomorrow and Weds, so I am looking forward to getting things done around the house and some very important alone time with Chuck.

Since I worked mostly nights the last week or so and he worked days, we are like ships passing in the night. We talk all the time, but haven't had the chance to spend time with each other. So, I am looking forward to relaxing some tomorrow too. And for about 2 hours, he and Eric will be at school. Eric is in engineering tech class and will be cutting his dragster on a table saw. I wish I could go and take pictures of this, but it would be a distraction and we want all digits to be intact when they leave the class. This is very important for Eric, because this is the first time that Chuck will be able to go and do something with him. And how fun is that!

Anyway, about 2 weeks ago, my dad took a trip to get some apples. I thought I would end up with a bushel. Nope, I got home and there was a crate full of apples. What in the world was I thinking???? I finally got around to doing something with them. Made 3 apple pies with crumb topping. I prefer this over the other crust on top. And this morning I made apple preserves. I have more than enough apples to make apple butter, apple sauce, apple pie filling, that I thought apple preserves would be very good. And I was right! DELICIOUS!

So as I type, I have a house that smells like fall. Eric already grabbed a slice of pie. As soon as he walked in the door, "Can I have a piece?" Of course I let him. He made one yesterday for Chuck's work, and I made one for my work, so that means that the boys missed out on apple pie. So, I gave in and made one for us too. That is fun for me.

I will be going on the field trip with PJ. I am so excited about it. I won't miss any work, and I will be able to have a day with him and his class. Plus it is a great time of year to be outside, hopefully the leaves will be changing.

So, let's see, I have apples everywhere. I have a house that smells like nutmeg, cinnamon and apples. I have my fall tablecloth and placemats already out. The halloween stuff will be up soon too. Thanks to the $ Tree, I have a ton of halloween decorations, and are the boys looking forward to putting things up around the house.

For the years that I worked at the Seminary, I was condemned because I let my kids go trick or treating, I was put down because I put up decorations, I was verbally abused for celebrating the devil's "holiday", I did it anyway and caught grief for it. This year, we are decorating, dipping apples, dressing up, and having a good time. We don't celebrate any form of the devil's holiday. Kids are kids and let them be kids. Childhood is such a short period in our lives. We rush through it, wanting to grow up, and when we do, we can't go back. I refuse to have my children rush through their childhood.

Fall is around the corner, raking leaves and jumping into them. Walking on the brisk mornings, and cuddling under the blankets. We all have different reasons for loving the different seasons. I love the fall for all that it offers, the colors,the tastes, and the dropping temps. And I can't wait to get the camera out and get on those back roads of town.


Elaine said...

You go, Patti!!!! Halloween is not a devil's holiday. I get soooooooo impatient with people who say that. Halloween has nothing to do with the devil, for crying out loud. And for kids, it's just a fun time to dress up, and be kids, and get some candy. I agree, let kids be kids.
I love Fall, it's my favorite time of year. We went to the apple orchard a few weeks ago, when my parents were visiting, and we had a great time. I still have apples, and I have some homemade applesauce in the fridge. Yum.