Monday, October 5, 2009

Signs of Fall

We had our first autumn hike yesterday. It was a relief to get outdoors under blue skies, especially since we've been virtually home-bound for a week. My oldest and youngest have been ill, so we stayed in out of the cold as much as possible to let them recover.

My six-year-old has been healthy as a horse, though. Spending time with him alone has been wonderful. During this first week of vacation, my husband and I took time to appreciate him in a special way. Since he's our middle child, he doesn't often get the chance to really just have Mom and Dad to himself. But two sickie siblings on the couch made it easy to grab some time alone with just him.

So, over the course of the past few days, little by little, he has learned to ride his two-wheeler all by himself!

We are so proud of him, but not more proud than he is of himself!

After a week in bed, his siblings were finally able to get out a bit last night. So, we went to our favorite county park for a late-afternoon hike.

It was still a little early for much orange and red -- except to show us the plants we need to avoid!

But there was plenty of golden light filtering through the trees.

We hiked the river bluff trail, and the views were wonderful.

Fortunately for my daughter, fall asters, goldenrod, and queen Anne's lace were still in supply. The perfect combination for flower-picking.

It was the kind of early fall day I will always want to remember.

- Midwest Mom


  1. Those pictures are wonderful! Sounds like you all had a lovely day!

  2. Your kids are very cute. I remember those days when we had family walks. now it's my youngest, 15, our rat terrier, Cookie, and me.

  3. Oh I forgot! I left you an award on my blog!

  4. ah, the light in your photos is brilliant. a great day for hiking!


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