A while back, I had posted about dreading the change of the season. I was so caught up in my whirlwind of a summer, the beautiful weather, the bare feet, the music and late night dancing in the wilderness, camping, and vacations that I barely remembered or welcomed the un-rushed pace that comes with the beginning of fall.
Living in the middle of the city has been a blessing for finding new, exciting and bustling places to eat and explore, but so many times I'm wishing for the opportunity to do something a little less... urban. I grew up in the country, and Erick, in the city- so now we've been doing our best to give our child the best of both worlds.
We took a drive about 40 minutes south of the city to a little place in the suburbs and welcomed the crisp and cool air that kissed our cheeks as we embarked on a tiny adventure in the forest. Hiking with a toddler is such an enriching experience, taking the time to slow down and truly experience all of the beauty around you. Sofia loves sticks, pebbles, flowers, and especially the wind. We stopped more times than I could count to let her out of the carrier, ease our backs, and watched her look in amazement at the world around her. I love more than anything watching her run freely, not worrying about cars or cracks in the sidewalk. She runs with such a force, completely head first, that at times I think she's going to topple right over but to everyone's surprise, she never does. It's something I've admired from my daughter since she began to walk-- she's fearless, leads with her heart, and isn't afraid that she might stumble.
There are so many great things to look forward to this season, and it's only just the beginning: apple picking, pumpkin carving, warm soups, root vegetables, family gatherings and the changing leaves.
What are some of your favorite things to do in the fall?