I’m pretty sure there is no better time of the year as a kid than fall…which means there is no better time of the year as a parent! Although the temps are dropping, especially at our home in Chicago, there is just something special about this beautiful season. Avery can always tell Fall has arrived when she gets to start wearing her boots and jackets to school every day. As she gets older (now 3 ½ years old), she is much more into the typical fall activities…hayrides, fall festivals, pumpkin carving, apple picking, and camp fires to name a few. And her little sister Sydney (now 6 months) is simply along for the ride.
This past weekend, we planned a family trip to Sonny Acres, a local farm that hosts their fall festival in September and October each year. As we pulled into the parking, Avery’s eyes grew wider and wider as the animals, rides, and pumpkins came into view. We spent the next several hours on pony rides, feeding goats, picking pumpkins, and spending way too much money on silly rides and comfort food. At one point, my husband pointed out how much money we had “wasted” on these silly rides and I asked him to look over at Avery’s face. She was taking her 5th ride on the tilt-a-whirl and could not control her laughter. She was having the time of her life, as her little care-free spirit got dizzier and dizzier. At that moment, the money didn’t seem to matter. We paused and realized how blessed we are to be able to provide her with these types of experiences.
As we packed up the newest additions to our family – 2 very large pumpkins Avery hand-picked – we were all smiling ear to ear. Our noses were pink, our hands were cold, and our feet were tired. But our hearts were happy and our tummies were full of elephant ears, home-made apple cider donuts, and pink cotton candy. Another amazing day with the family…thank you Fall!
– Mindy is a Sitter2Mom with 2 active (and soon to be) little girls residing in the Windy City.