When I asked Seren, my autumn equinox baby, what she was looking forward to about autumn, her reply was that she was excited that it was nearly Christmas! Woah, slow down there. Though, of course, I’m planning for Christmas but it’s a little too early for the kids to get over excited about it. I know it will seem like 5 minutes and it will be December but thinks I’m looking forward to appreciating and celebrating in the meantime are:
Our wedding anniversary – we’re celebrating 6 years of wedded bliss today (well, let’s be honest 5 years of that has been spent parenting babies and very, small children though at least that has tested how well we work in a, very tired, team). Typically, Andy has man-flu so date night is postponed.
Apple Day – I love this type of old fashioned seasonal celebration and we’re off to Apple Day at Forty Hall Farm today.
Collecting autumn treasure – the girls love collecting fallen leaves, conkers, acorns (they call acorn cups ‘fairy hats’) and pine cones.
Half-term – After the first half term in reception / playgroup, we are all looking for some unstructured time to relax.
Halloween – When we’re not relaxing during half-term, I think we will be celebrating Halloween! There’s so many fun activities on locally and we’re going to have friends round for crafts and pumpkin carving.
Visiting the Tower of London – I recently became a member of the Historic Royal Palaces group so I think a trip to the Tower is in order for half-term too.
Planning for Christmas – I’d love to have the present buying done and wrapped by the end of November. The girls are mostly done and I’ve bought wrapping paper so I’ve no excuses really! One of the local events to visit Father Christmas has sold out already too so I need to get the activities planned.
Crafting – I’m hoping to make some Christmas presents and decorations and have booked on to some local craft classes for candle making, plate stands and decorations to give me some creative mojo.
Making – soup and stews in the slow cooker with extra for the freezer for busy days.
Baking – apple and cinnamon cakes and fruit filled flapjacks for after-school treats.
Bringing light into the house – the clocks go back on the 29th October and after then I’m digging out all the fairy lights and candles (we mostly use battery ones when the small children are around) to lighten up the dark nights.
Snuggling – warming up with hot chocolate after the school run and watching films (no Christmas ones yet though!).
What are your plans for autumn?