Monday, October 11, 2010

Magic Reheated

Remember how I said that The Magic only lasts for one day?

Well, I lied.

Today we were served up a heaping bowlful of left-over Magic, only in this case, The Magic just so happened to be of the taco soup variety. Everyone knows taco soup is better the next day.

This air. Well, I've officially decided that this is the reason I love fall. I don't love it for the "cozy" days or the cable-knit tights or the stay-in-and-watch-tv-in-your-jammies-because-it's-cold-and-wet-outside.

I love it best, and maybe only, when the blue sky has a yellow cast and dry leaves crunch beneath flip-flops that should've been thrown to the wolves a month ago. I love it when my arms are bare and I'm cutting perennials back and it just smells like a new start. It smells like a familiar beginning, like something is blooming even as it fades.

My love for fall is situational. I've accepted it.

So, tomorrow may sequester all of us with gloom and rain that chases those leaves right to the ground, stealing their pluck, drowning them into sodden brown.

But today?

Today we drank tea in the fall-scented sun.

We left our jackets on their hooks.

We worked and we played and it was hard to even say which was which, because it was just that kind of day.

We wore stripes with big dots with little dots with tiny, argyle socks and we didn't brush our hair until we really had no other choice.

It didn't matter that we didn't match, because it was just us and we're pretty forgiving.

And then we went and got groceries, and we didn't change one darn thing, because it's ok to wear our personality on our sleeve... and our pants leg... and our feet. It's ok to just be.

The leaves on certain trees slid from luminous into withered in just the span of today and I'm happy to say that we noticed.

All day long, Silas called me Honey. And Hon.

"Honey! HON! Joo! Be!"

("Mama, may I please have some juice?")

With lips like those, Pie, you can call me almost anything.

Today, we geared up enough to sweep the remnants of our busy weekend out the door and slowed down enough to take in the glowy panoramic view that buzzed on every side.

Today, we ate really, really well.



The truth is, I'm not exactly sure what's gotten into me these days. I've never been one to yammer on about fall, or "Autumn", as yammerers are prone to call it.

Any day now, I'm bound to stop giving play-by-play accounts of our days. I'm sure it's getting a bit redundant.

But from where I sit right now? Exciting seems overrated.


  1. The view down your drive is amazing, your kiddos are adorable. This is my kind of autumn but perhaps with a whiff of wood smoke as well. Well I'm a wishing I'd been invited for the day, it sounds like it was fabulous(and if those are brussel sprouts, I'd stay for dinner too).

  2. It doesn't matter that you 'yammer' on about your days. It's the way you do it that makes it so very interesting.
    You're really a poet, aren't you Shannan?
    Happy Autumn! I love it too. xx

  3. I am with you on this one... I have fallen for Fall.

  4. oh please don't stop with the play-by-play!
    i love every little crumb.

  5. is that first picture your driveway?

    i think that might just be the most beautiful picture ever of a driveway.

    seems like the adjustment to that cutie pie #3 is going very smooth.....

    I'm so, so glad! Our daughter from China adjusted just beautifully and so did we! I can't believe it's been almost three years since we went to China.

  6. How can your brand of poetry ever be redundant. Keep it up...

  7. I'm with ya sister! Fall is my FAV-OR-ITE! I love the crispness before the heavy winter. I love the smell of burning leaves (I'm crazy, I know...) and the heavier meals to be eaten. There is NOTHING better than just hanging out at home with fuzzy socks and warm blankets. LOVE your pictures as always!

  8. see MUST "yammer" on and on because there will be days (you know there out there) when you will need to have some recollection of a time when it was sweet and right. These are the days that get you through...keep writing, keep yammering, keep putting it all down...

  9. Love the fall photos! I admit I am a summer girl 100% but we have had gorgeous fall weather and I am loving it as well - just dreading the wet chilly days to come.

  10. I just love how you express contentment with all the little things in life and the "littles" too!

  11. oh, you've captured it, friend! it's definitely in the air--the smell of new start... and you noticed--you saw when the leaves changed, and they thank you for seeing them when so many times we miss their falling...

    how you teach your children in their polka dots and stripes and personalities on their sleeves, and how i wish i was your neighbor. one day, we shall meet. :) love to you, sister. e.

  12. Your front porch kind of reminds me of what our farmhouse looked like growing up. Now it has new siding and looks different, but gosh that takes me back in the day when me and my two sisters were running around with ratty hair & mismatched clothes & Abbie for some reason was usually pantless :) Oh how i love fall & thinking of those days!

  13. Love your play by plays:). And I Love the color of your beauty full:) family!

  14. I love reading your posts and hearing about your beautiful children and how you spend your days!

  15. It's funny that I am as I type this relishing a perfectly wet and gloomy fall day. Rare in Colorado from what I understand, but in the business of reminding me of home.

    Your perfect, crunch-leaf day sounds absolutely sparkling.


  16. Your drive is just beautiful, not to mention these perfectly gorgeous children. How much fun you all must have. I am so glad you are enjoying your fall and I am very happy I am still wearing my flip flops one more week this year :)

  17. For those of us who no longer have anyone asking us for joo be... thank you for a glimpse into perfect autumn days with the littles at your feet. I am missing those chubby hands I used to hold.

  18. Isn't it awesome to acknowledge these wonderfilled, fleeting days? Ah, yes. It is. Never stop giving accounts of days like this!

  19. With every post...I yearn just a tad more. :) What a delightful way to spend the day.


  20. I love those little pumpkins all lined up!

  21. Loving fall today--although it's always been my favorite season. And I rather enjoy the yammering and the daily descriptions and adorable pictures of your bebes. :)

  22. these are the reasons fall is THE best ... love the unmatchy clothes and the way the flip flops crunch over leaves - yay for fall!

  23. I agree, exciting can be overrated. This last week or so I've had beautiful, quiet autumn days and my soul just gets all giggly thinking about them. As always your kiddos are gorgeous and so are your fall pics.

  24. you are a celebrity blogger - seriously, how do you put all those words together so beautifully? so fun to read!
    an autumn yammerer - can't get enough of this weather!

  25. i love your yammering! :) today i walked through the leaves with my girls after I met them from the bus stop and i just had to stop us all and take it in. i hadn't noticed the crunch this year yet! the smell of fall, the sounds. oh it is just too much sometimes! the Lord, He is so very beautiful!!

  26. what a great day...and I love that you went about it without a care other than just being:)

  27. That picture of your lane is gorgeous! We call them driveways, but I know you'uns say lane, so lane it is, Hon.

  28. I love your play by play, I would come and join in all that busy normal any day...sounds like heaven. Your kids are so cute, love the crazy Fall outfits, a friendly cross between Summer and Fall! I love the pumpkins on the shelf, so simple, so cute, and screams Fall!!! Dinner looks great btw!

  29. Sis-
    I can't wait to be making a few of our own Fall memories here in Ohio soon enough.

    The kids are changing with each new photo you post and pictures aren't serving me justice any longer. I need to see all three of them face to face and give all the kisses they'll allow me to smother them with.

    Missing you All....

  30. i am thankful for your willingness to share!
    you will be glad you did,later.
    your descriptive languange relaxes me and makes me want to close my eyes.
    i admire your talent with words.
    that is not my gift(i have other fine qualities:) i love looking at it and recognizing your beautiful gift.