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I realized this morning as I was sitting on my front porch with my son, who is four, waiting for his preschool bus to show up how quickly the weather is changing. It was downright COLD this morning! My son was wearing sweatpants, a long-sleeved t-shirt, and a heavy lined jacket with a hood, which should have been ample clothing for this time of the year. Right?
His skin felt like ice. His little hands were so cold! I was sitting on the steps and made him stand between my legs so I could wrap my arms around him and keep him warm until the bus showed up. He’s already been battling a cold for the last few days – thanks to the weather change, I’m sure, I didn’t want his cold to get any worse. The fact that it’s the first week in September and the morning temperatures are already so cold has me worried that this winter is going to royally SUCK! “Normal” Iowa winters suck enough as it is, but I fear this year it’s going to be so much worse.
This all brings me to the first thing I hate about this time of the year – the cold! I can’t stand being cold. I get cold very easily so in the winter I always feel like I can’t get warm enough no matter what I do or how many layers of clothes I have on. I really need to move to a warmer climate!
As long as I am living in the climate of frigid temperatures and blizzards, I may as well try and focus on the things that I *DO* like about this time of the year. My number one thing would be that the kids are back in school. I have six kids. Four of them are in school, one is homeschooled, and my youngest is almost two, so she’s obviously still home with me. I love when the kids go back to school. My house becomes amazingly, enjoyably quiet during the day on school days. I love it!
I also love the visual changes in the environment – the changing colors of the leaves on trees and (even though I hate the cold and snow) I love how everything looks after a fresh snowfall.
I love Halloween. It’s probably my favorite holiday because it’s fun and there are so many opportunities to show off your creativity – between decorating indoors and outdoors and choosing costumes, there’s so many possibilities!
I love bonfires and roasting marshmallows with the kids. I love wearing warm hoodies in all colors and styles. I love the smells that go along with fall and winter and the holidays – delicious, mouth-watering smells from baking cookies and pies, smells that bring back memories from my childhood like mulberry candles or potpourri, cinnamon, vanilla, and of course pumpkin (though I HATE anything and everything that is pumpkin flavored and edible – although, in my opinion, NOTHING pumpkin flavored is edible!). I like how it smells though. I love getting cozy on the couch or in bed with a warm blanket draped over me while I watch TV or read a book or knit or cuddle with my kids.
I’m sure I’m forgetting to mention something that I either love or hate, but I think I gave you all a pretty good idea of my likes and dislikes of this time of the year.
Go ahead and leave me a comment and let me know what you love and/or hate about this time of the year!