When we arrived home from Nashville, Aria exclaimed, “Mama, the first dogwood is turning colors. It’s fall!” While temps this week remain near 100 degrees, fall is coming. September is always one of my favorite months. Cool weather starts to sneak in, the trees just barely begin to change and it’s my birthday too . Here are some fun traditions to anticipate as you welcome fall:
* Apple Picking. We take an annual journey to the apple orchards to pick our own and enjoy apple cider doughnuts. Look for an orchard near you at Pick Your Own.
* Leaf Art. All the beauty and fire of autumn leaves makes for endless art possibilities. I hope to let the kids play with some of the many beautiful leaf projects on the Crafty Crow this season.
* Harvest Party. Somehow it’s become a family tradition to host a harvest party complete with costumes, pumpkin carving and homemade food. Last year we did a pictorial scavenger hunt for the children. The Halloween Hunt was sooooo much fun, I have a feeling we’ll just do it again!
* Farm Festivals. If you anywhere near an agricultural area, do some searching to locate a farm that hosts a fall festival. We travel to visit Ovis Hill Farms. In the past their festival has included live music, square dancing, butter-making, crafts, tractor ride, sheep dog herding demos, sheep shearing demos and spinning wheel demos too. Such a wonderful experience!
* Costume Making. Costumes are a Halloween tradition, but they don’t have to be consumer or media-driven. If you’re thinking of making your own, don’t forget to start early with ideas and experimentation. I wonder what Liam will be this year?
Enjoy the season!