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“Now, honey, you know you can’t wear white shoes after Labor Day. It’s the unwritten fashion rule.”

So, this past Labor Day weekend, we wore our white shoes to church and eldest wore her white skirt. And for some reason it’s a slower seasonal transition for me than our Spring Forward Seasonal Assessment.

In my mind, I stand with one foot in summer and one in fall. Yes, we’ll still be wearing flip flops and hanging on to summer a bit longer. Sure, it’s still warm.

But it’s these early days of fall weather I adore. Warm enough for short sleeves but cool enough evenings for flinging wide the windows. Listening for the slowing down of crickets.

The sun rises later, has that certain late afternoon slant, then sets earlier.

I’m both sad to see summer fade and am anticipating new fall habits.

Delights like…

  • Fires to snuggle by
  • Fill you up sorta soups
  • Football
  • Hot chocolate
  • Kicking leaves up on family walks
  • Curling up with a good book
  • Children arguing over the best throw blanket in the mornings
  • Settling in under an extra quilt
  • The return of regular fall activities. New Bible studies, children’s activities

Plus, my countdown widget says it’s only 109 days until Christmas. Guess we really do need to tuck the white shoes away…

How ’bout you? What will you miss most about summer or what can you absolutely not wait for this fall?

-Tricia homeschools five children from preschool to middle school. She’s forsaken life in the drive thru lane for the road home. She contributes a blend of writing at parenting, homeschool and frugal living sites. You can find her facing that daily dose of chaos at Hodgepodge. Tricia is a.k.a. Hodgepodgemom.