Autumn has always been my favorite time of year! I love it when the air finally turns crisp, longs sleeves and pants come out of hiding, and the treetops bloom with vibrant colors.
I love it when dinner warms your house and your belly, the hot chocolate comes out of the pantry, and everything smells of pumpkin and spice.
I love taking walks with my boys and listening to the leaves crunch beneath our feet. I love watching our lawn turn from green to yellow as our trees shed their leaves.
I love it when behind our house, Mount Timpanogos puts on his gorgeous golden-orange coat.
Autumn signals the beginning of the happy holiday season... my birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. My boys' excitement for the fun to come is infectious and brings a smile to my face.
Autumn is the most beautiful and splendid season of the year. It is just too bad that it comes to an end so quickly! This week we got a little reminder that winter is waiting in the wings.
Imagine our surprise when we woke up to find about 3 inches of snow on the ground yesterday! The trees were bowing down with the added weight of the snow on their limbs.
Luckily the snow all melted before evening came, but it seemed to me the air was a little chillier and Autumn seemed a bit more fragile than before.
In a way the brief appearance of snow was a blessing. It reminded me to take time to live in the moment and enjoy Autumn while it is here. Instead of rushing around with my to-do list in hand and my eyes closed to the beauty all around me, I should take time to watch the leaves bloom with color and fall; listen to the sound of giggles as little feet crunch leaves on the ground; feel the fresh, cool breeze from the mountains; bake those yummy smelling pumpkin cookies and just... ENJOY!