Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Watching summer fade into fall"

That expression never gets old... It's a line from one of my all time favorite songs by Kenny Chesney - if you haven't heard it, go right now and listen.  Go on.  I'll wait.

OK, now that we took care of that, I'll explain.  While I absolutely LOVE summer, I love fall more.  Sweaters, boots, picking pumpkins, football, leaves changing, wearing jeans with flip flops and a jacket, seeing your breath in the morning air... There really isn't a thing about that season that I don't love.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I've been known to take the long way to work in the mornings, just to drive through nearby Detweiller Park to check out the leaves. 

Over Labor Day weekend, Mother Nature gave us a glimpse of fall with some cooler temperatures.  And while the leaves weren't changing and it was too soon to pick a pumpkin, we were able to meet the Pletchers for a day at Wildlife Prairie State Park for a chilly day.  It was the kind of day where you took your coats off, then put them back on every five minutes.  We walked around, checked out the buffalo, antelope, sad lonely wolves, black bears, birds, and bugs. 
Sam (in the stroller), Nolan, Mara, Reese and Addison

Sam (and Reese) posing with a slightly creepy statue.

Addi and Reese (then Reese and Addi) on top of a bronze dog

Reese, Addison and Samantha
All in all it was a pretty nice day.  And the icing on the cake was Sam going to bed at 5 p.m. and sleeping until 7 a.m. the next morning.  Fresh air does a body good!

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