Fall is by far my most favorite season of the year and September is my most favorite month. The skies seem bluer and the air is full of fantastic smells. The cooler nights mean perfect sleeping (even if the ragweed is currently wreaking havoc on everyone’s sinuses in the family) and the early morning dew makes the air seem that much more crisp because it’s visible. Even though technically, by the earth’s rotation, this is the last weekend of Summer, it felt like a proper Fall weekend.
It was an action packed weekend too!
The Daughter and I were very happy to go back to story hour at the Mashpee Public Library. This is, by far, one of the best story hours I have ever been to. The children’s librarian does an amazing job with the 3+ year olds. Three stories, a couple of little songs and dances, all finished off with a craft. It’s a wonderful story hour. This week, we read stories all about Bears.
I enjoy it as a mom because it gives me a chance to kind of sit back and relax while the Daughter gets some very important kid time and reading time – it’s a win-win-win. I worry sometimes since she is an only child that she doesn’t always get as much interaction with other kids as she should. Yes she’s in daycare two days a week but I wonder if that’s enough sometimes. Story hour is good because a couple of her friends from daycare go too so she gets to see them and there are other kids as well so she gets to make new friends too.
I’m so happy that she loves to read and loves the library. Reading is probably one of the most important skills in my opinion so I’m thrilled that she seems to love it and looks forward to our weekly trip to the library and our nightly bedtime story ritual.
Saturday was even more excitement for the Daughter. We surprised her with Disney On Ice – Rockin’ Ever After at the Providence Dunkin’ Donuts Center. I have very vague memories of my first time ever going to Disney on Ice. I was around the same age as the Daughter and I remember Peter Pan was in the show we saw. It was so much fun to see her face light up when Mickey and Minnie skated out on to the ice. She almost jumped into the rafters and it was amazing! The excitement and the joy at seeing the Mouse and his “gang” as she called them. She was a little sad that Pluto and Daisy weren’t there but after we told her that they must be back at the Clubhouse making sure that Pete wasn’t lonely, she was ok. Then there were the princesses. They were supposed to be the main event, but for the Daughter, they were second fiddle to the mouse.
But the fun didn’t stop there! Oh no!
Today, we did our annual family trip to Pippin Orchards in Cranston, RI. Every year, we usually will drive out here to go apple picking. Today was the day because one of the Brothers was running a 5K in downtown Providence so it made sense that after we went to the race (which we didn’t exactly make), that we continue on to go apple picking. They said that they had honey crisps ripe. Sadly, the few trees that had the honey crisps had nothing but rotten apples on them. That was sad. Luckily, the Macintosh apples were ripe and ready to be picked. Though, the ripe ones were so high up in the tree, we had to jump to reach them.
It was the perfect day to be out and enjoying the day with the family and tasting the delicious, fresh apples.
When we got home, we pried the Husband away from football, and the three of us went for a walk down to the lake. It was just after sunset and peaceful. The lake was like glass and the minnows were in the shallow end grabbing their supper, making ripples every few minutes that spread slowly over the smooth surface.
The walk home was shorter than the walk there only because the Daughter was on a mission to get home for a “special treat” for eating her dinner and going for a walk. That pretty much meant racing home the whole way shouting “I’m winning. I’m winning.” But she did end up making some time to hold hands with Daddy and talk about what a wonderful weekend it truly was.