Seems like we've been falling in love with each other for as long as I can remember.
There is nothing I don't love about the season... except that it's only seasonal, of course.
As Fall approaches, the weather starts to shift.
It turns hot, dry summer days into a casual, still warmth.
There is a richness in the air. Not heavy, though.
The evenings are breezy, but not cold.
The sun's light turns from bright white to saturated and golden.
The leaves changes from green to gold... and gold to brown.
The summer's hard work results in bright orange pumpkins.
And it's time to make our pick!
We pick a few big ones for carving.
A few small ones for decorating.
All because we love pumpkins and Fall so much!
Everyone has their own technique.
For me, it's picking the perfect pumpkin.
Full and heavy.
Round. Or oval.
And it must have an interesting stem.
Stems usually cost extra. I don't mind.
I don't even mind that Pen's first pumpkin doubled as a chew toy.
Then you just gotta dig in.
Cut a hole in the top.
Scoop out the innards with your hands.
Smell the flesh. Squish it between your fingers.
Smell the flesh. Squish it between your fingers.
Gotta getta little messy, you know?
Draw on the perfect face and bring your pumpkin to life.
And of course it isn't Fall without sweets and treats!
Making white chocolate truffles with my Poppa.
(He hates having his picture taken. But loves me enough to tolerate a quick pic.)
And the summer's harvest lends itself to ample apple desserts.
Momma's favorite: apple pie.
Apple season reminds her of her childhood.
Her Momma making pies.
Working the pie loon as a teenager.
Her own long standing love affair with Fall.
Like making caramel apples with my cousin, Ally!
Another annual tradition!
I made them dress up. No entry without a costume, actually.
Costumes are fun.
I love to be creative. Think outside the box.
I'm not a store bought costume kind-of-a-girl.
I though angel food cake was unique.
My Mother Nature costume was recycled from that one time Jason & I were Jack & The Beanstalk.
I was the beanstalk. All green. Even died a pair of jeans green and made felt leaves.
Momma was a candy corn!
And one year a witch!
Fall makes me excited to decorate.
I love to decorate!Welcome Fall in style!
He always brings a little treat for his favorite gals!
He's been bringing treats my whole life.
Always in late September or early October.
And once with a map. "X" marked the spot. My Poppa did the digging!
The present is different every year. And usually something homemade by Momma.
It's a tradition I look forward to all year!
It reminds me of my childhood.
It reminds me of growing up playing sports.
It reminds me of meeting my best friend, Lynsey, playing basketball.
When? In the Fall!
And it reminds me that I am so lucky for such an amazing best friend.
She tolerates me. Laughs with me. And even laughs at me.
We had a white pumpkin wedding, outside. It was 80 degrees. And beautiful!
Our Vietnamese wedding anniversary with Pho.
Eating pumpkin, chai, and ginger flavored ice cream.
And touring a rhododendron garden.
Although, I think that's just a daisy.
He had duck. I had ravioli.
The traditional second anniversary gift was cotton.
He gave me a bib necklace with vintage lace.
I gave him a Superman t-shirt among other gifts.
She was a wedding present from Jason three days before our wedding.
She is our world and I love her so!
Mason is smart and fun and spirited!
I love having him as my nephew and I love being his Mimi!
I love seeing Lyns be his Mommy!
She's a really, really good Mommy!
His party was so fun!
Fall makes me grateful for my family.Both families.
Family is everything.
He loves to cook and drink. He's fun!
Playing Bingo with in-laws after dinner.
And that's my new Thanksgiving tradition.
Lots of love!
Linell never forgets to bring a tube or two of crescent rolls for me, because she knows I miss them at our Asian Thanksgiving.
Her thoughtfulness means so much! So does their friendship!
Sometimes at our house, and very simple.
And gourmet fixins'!
And Catch Phrase tournaments.
They always make J & I be on different teams.
We always tell them our other family is way better at Catch Phrase.
It's a spirited tournament, to say the least!
Team 2... my Poppa & all the girls!
And fall means it's almost time for my Grandma to come for Christmas!
Uncle Rick calls her "Thanks, Givin'..." An Inside joke from our Thanksgiving birthday boy! ;)
And, a really great Uncle.Grandma aka "Thanks Givin'," brings cookies when she comes for Christmas. And stories!
And always takes her four grand kids for lunch.
She considers my hubby, Jason, her grandson too!
Jason is so good to my Grammy! They heart each other!
A date with Grandma! Every year!
I love her!
But mostly Fall makes me reflective and grateful for my blessings.
We are tremendously blessed with wonderful family!
With dinner cooking in a crock pot and endless laundry running in the garage.
And the humorous jokes from Hubs. His kisses on the cheek. His compliments. His big heart.
I am blessed always! And especially grateful in the Fall!
Oh boy am I excited Fall is almost here...!!!