Why We LOVE Fall

Fall is here and my girls and I are ready.

Fall candles are lit, pumpkins are out, fall scents are plugged in, and our fall village is on display. It’s time to break out the cozy blankets to snuggle with the babies while I drink my tea from my sweater weather mug.

We did it, we braved the heat of another summer of outdoor kid activities. I peeled the babies and toddlers in and out of swimsuits so that they could swim, fish, and boat. Good times were had, but this mom is tired. I am happy to put on a sweater and dial down the activities to chase kids around a pumpkin patch.

Fall is cozy, Fall is pretty, and Fall is easier. You don’t immediately melt when you walk outside. The crisp air is refreshing, not depleting. There is plenty going on, but it feels like a bonus and less of a milestone. You can check out a festival, tailgate, or go to a corn maze. It’s less pressure, and good vibes are all around.

Decorating for fall is a visual transformation that signals summer is done, and that we are kicking off a good school year. Place some pumpkins into a few strands of leaves (bonus if they are pre-lit) and within fifteen minutes, you are in Fall heaven. Obviously, we love our Christmas too, but Fall has an added bonus of not being half as hard to decorate. And it is not mandatory, so anyone in your den tends to compliment your efforts, as not every single person is putting in that level of effort. (Although they should- instant cozy vibes distract from the hordes of toys).

I may or may not overhype the Fall season to my children. Two of out of my three girls were born in August. Anyone who has had an August baby in Louisiana knows you’ve seen a thing or two in order to bring a baby into the world at that time of year. For August due dates, Fall marks the end of pregnant symptom suffering, replaced with a very cute and cuddly baby in your arms. Fall provides tolerable weather for needed stroller rides. Fall (for me) is an anniversary of having that newborn, surviving another pregnancy, and starting to embrace and enjoy our new family count.

So, yea, Fall for us- It’s a big deal. When My daughter woke me up this morning and greeted me with “Happy Fall”, I thought, “she gets it”, and I am laying it on thick. But why not? Cheers to sweater weather. We’ve got to celebrate the pumpkins while we have them.

Happy Fall, y’all!

Melissa Fleming lives in Prairieville, Louisiana with her husband, Blake, and their three beautiful daughters: Evelyn (4), Clara (2), and Chloe (1). She graduated from LA Tech with a B.A. in journalism and then earned her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in counselor education from UNO. She is the owner of MWF Counseling, LLC. In between seeing clients, chasing toddlers, and holding babies, she enjoys watching Real Housewives and drinking as much caffeinated tea as possible.

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