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October 15, 2011

The Beauty of Fall

(...and the leaves are pretty, too!)

I am just loving fall this year!

The cooler temperatures mean we've been outside to play almost every day. And the girls are having such fun "crunching" leaves as we walk.

It's pretty awesome to see them paying such attention to detail...looking at different leaves, and talking about how dry one is versus another, or oohing at a particularly big leaf on our path. They're also enthralled with pine straw, which is near and dear to this southern girl's heart.

We went to play in the backyard a couple of days ago, with the express intent of crunching leaves. The girls had a blast!

Mommy even encouraged them to sit in the leaves. I thought this would be a bigger hit...but I think the lure of running was just so strong.

The dandelions are also drying up, so I shared one of my fond childhood memories with the girls, blowing the dried seeds.

(I remember loving the yellow flowers in our yard as a child, which my dad didn't think were very "pretty". And then I remember blowing the seeds, which my dad also didn't love, as I was - of course - just spreading the weedy wealth...HA!)

It's funny that blowing on a dandelion seems like it should be so easy...but the girls were working really hard in that venture. Mommy had to help them finish it off each time (but I didn't mind!).

And lastly, Daddy helped the girls pick a few colorful leaves from the lower branches. We talked about the color and texture, and the girls didn't want to let those special leaves go!

Once again, Happy Fall, Y'all! Enjoy the beauty of the season!


Just Another Mom of Twins said...

Fun! Fun! Fun! Happy Weekend to you and the Fam!

Julia said...

I love fall! Such great pictures of your lovies, Mandy!

If there are "special" leaves the girls want to save, you can take two pieces of wax paper, put the leaves inbetween, and iron the wax paper (put a towel between the wax paper and iron). Then, they can put their special leaves in the window to let the sun shine through them.

I used to love doing that as a kid. Of course, my mama took care of the ironing part :)

Johanna said...

Oh, that last dandelion shot is perfection!

Barbara Manatee said...

Fall is my favorite time of year! I have been LOVING my drive home from work lately, seeing the afternoon sun on the beautiful trees!

We don't have any 'good' trees in our yard right now with pretty leaves and the one big one hasn't dropped its leaves yet for the kids to play in.

I love walking through crunchy leaves!

championm2000 said...

I agree--this fall is particularly beautiful! I think it has to do with seeing the world anew through children's eyes.

Cottongirl7 said...

Love this post! Beautiful pictures. Makes me want to go find some leaves with my girls tomorrow. Oh, I love the blowing seeds part dad, and husband for that matter...not so much. :)

cat said...

Beautiful pics - my C and A actually have fights about who gets to blow the dandelions.

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

What fun times...the best!