Friday, September 28, 2012

Embracing fall: Help for summer stragglers like me.

Posted By: Leah

This weekend I have super cozy autumn plans.

However, this year I have not been excited about the weather getting colder and the days getting shorter. It's depressing to think about trading in the seemingly endless warm summer nights to be stuck inside under blankets and watching TV.

I've seen so many people on facebook, blogs, etc. talking about how excited they are about fall. With all that joy, I can't help but start to get a little bit into the spirit of the season too. Autumn and winter are not my favorite time of year. I appreciate the beautiful changing colors of the leaves, but the impending cold winter, and dark, dreary days are not what I look forward to.

You know the whole saying 'fake it till you make it' well this year I'm faking it that I love fall... and crazy enough, I'm actually really excited about my weekend plans.

Check out what I'm doing... you will be excited too!

Today (Friday) I'm taking off work to chaperone Gav's class's trip to the apple orchard. Picking apples is something that I have always wanted to do, but never done. There will be a hay ride, we'll tour how they make apple cider, get to go to the farm's bakery, and pick apples of course! I can't wait!

Tonight (Friday night) we're headed down to see BF and he is making us deep dish pizza!

We flew through Chicago on the way to California a few weeks ago, and bf was super bummed that we weren't there long enough to get real deep dish pizza. In San Diego, we went to a great Chicago-style pizza place called Lucky's (maybe Lefty's?) but BF has been really wanting to make his own... and he is! I'm excited. Except it's not going to have the sauce on top like in this picture.

After that, we're headed to BF's and my high school's football game! You know that's how BF and I know each other right? We went to HS together. Gavin has never been to a football game, and BF played varsity all of high school, and hasn't been to a game there since. So it's going to be pretty special.
This is bf's senior picture and his class ring from when he won the state football championship on our school's winning team. BF was kind of a big deal in HS. ANDDDD he's breaking out his letter jacket from like 15 yrs ago. And wearing the ring. Or I'll make him let me wear all that stuff and pretend we are in the 1950's. Where's my poodle skirt?

Saturday, idk what we're doing, but I'll make sure some kind of fun fall activity is incorporated :)
We're going to my parent's house for dinner and BF is going to grill out for them. He's a super good cook and griller (old news) so that will be awesome and my dad and step-mom have not had BF cook for them before, so they're in for a treat.

Saturday night, BF is going to build us a bonfire in his back yard! And... that's pretty much all we have planned so far. But I'm actually really excited!
This is what BF & I look like. I think. Maybe. Where are my cowgirl boots?

Autumn is a time of change. The leaves change, the weather changes, the amount of daylight changes, it's just different. So many people have been talking about their fall wreaths and pinterest desserts and really decorating for the season. I finally understand why.

It's because fall is such a contrast from summer. It comes in with a bang, almost unexpectedly and there is no choice except to embrace it. There is an awesome print-out from Katie, that you absolutely must print and have for your family. BF, Gav and I printed this last year and we did so many amazing activities we probably never would have done otherwise.

 HERE IS THE PRINTABLE and here it is framed:

Sometimes you just need a little boost to get into the spirit of the season. For me this year, it's fall. But like I said in my So What! Wednesday, my home is filled with pumpkin muffin candles, my car has an apple cider bath and Body Works clip-in thing. Fall is not my favorite season, but like it or not, I'm going to make it awesome!
Now off to the apple orchard and I'll probably be stopping for a pumpkin spice latte on the way :)
 What do you do to celebrate fall?

All photos (except the one of BF and Katie's are via)


  1. I totally wanted to see if anyone needed a chaperone for apple picking. Is that creepy? I'm so jealous!

  2. I looooooove fall. It's so cozy and warm and I love the crisp feel and smell that the air holds. We always do every fall activity that we can think of. Plus, both mine and my husband's birthdays are in October - so that makes it even better.

  3. Sound like a good weekend to me. What apple orchard are you going to? That sounds kind of cool.

  4. Sounds like a fun and yummy weekend!!! I wish my husband could cook! lol. Im not ready for fall yet, coming from Washington and Oregon, where it was always rainy and cold, Im very happy that its in the upper 80s & 90s this weekend! Hope you have a great weekend, cant wait to hear all about it next week! :)

    Oh and I would totally rock the varsity jacket to the football game, it would look way cuter on you! with some skinny jeans and chucks, you are set!

  5. I am so READY for Fall/Winter - weather that isn't in the 90's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love sweaters, I love boots, I love cudding and watching a movie!


    I am so ready for fall weather. San Diego is back to triple digits again.
    I could go for a starbucks PSL too!! sooo yummy...not to mention maybe it will help me become motivated again to work out :(

  7. I'm so with you, I think i would like fall better if summer was so awesome

    I try, this helps :)

    Love Jenny XOXO

  8. I love the fall and I love your blog! What do you think about following each other?

    Much Love,


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