The weather in Texas finally dipped below 70 on Saturday and visions of tall boots, cardigans, and pretty printed scarves became a reality. In an almost instinctive way I woke up craving a caramel apple cider and spiced coffee cake. The crisp air felt wonderful compared to the humidity-soaked air that would suffocate any fun out of the day.
I love fall. I love changing of the seasons. It reminds me so much of home and signals the kick-off of the holiday season. We unpacked our fall decorations, spooky haunted houses, faux pumpkins, and silk flowers in shades of mandarin ad plum adorned the kitchen table top and it felt like comfort.
Soon we’ll be serving heaping spoonfuls of lumpy mashed potatoes, peppered cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, and deviled eggs paired with braised turkey covered in rich gravy. Oh, and don’t forget the sweet potato casserole and apple pie! Our family kind of doesn’t believe in pumpkin pie. Sorry, not sorry.
One of our quirky family traditions includes the annual tree decorating that starts right after Thanksgiving lunch. The more I think about it, the more I think that my parents probably did that because all the kids were home without an excuse to leave the house so we then we had to help. Hmmm….
In any case, that traditions has carried its way into our family, the Christmas pandora station playing through the stereo and all. We really like to milk Christmas and winter for all that we can.
It’s fun to welcome the official winter season with twinkly lights and packages already tucked under the trees. Plural. Christmas is serious, you guys. And in case you have extra prayers, you could start praying now for a white Christmas. I do believe in miracles, and something like snow in Texas would certainly be just that.
This winter will be a bit different than most, as it winds down into spring, with cherry bloom buds just barely sprouting from the trees we’ll be welcoming our new baby, Priscilla-Jake Ryan. Spring symbolizes new life!
And with the birth, we’ll be in a new season of of our life as a family of five.