|This road is about a 15 min. drive from my house.|
Huzzah for the Shenandoah Valley!!
Yes, I know it's been fall for a couple of weeks, but October is my unofficial 'Official' start to Fall. My absolute favorite time of the year!
First off, October 1st is my lovely wife's birthday.. which is a GREAT way to celebrate the start of Fall. We 'sorta' celebrated yesterday.. but I'm going to surprise her tonight with some Birthday Cake and a sappy card.. chicks dig that sort of stuff. ;) Her birthday present this year was a new laptop computer for her new School curriculum.. (My wife is pursuing her PhD in Communication and Swallowing Disorders).
That's enough to love Fall right there.. but then after a hot, (and for us, humid) summer.. the temperatures are finally dipping down. I'm the sort of person who LOVES sleeping in a cold room/bed. I would leave the windows open all winter if my wife would allow it, curse her hot Hawaiian blood.. so while she sleeps with a sheet and 2 blankets, I have just the sheet and an old Blanket my Mom made from some Grade School curtains about 40 years ago. I LOVE my curtain comforter.. it's so heavy.. it's like sleeping with a sidewalk pulled up over me. Absolutely perfect for me.
Plus, the most beautiful part of the Fall is of course.. the leaves changing colors. I have always been blown away by the varied colors of foliage... and I'm hoping that we get treated to a spectacular show here in the Shenandoah Valley.
Then.. COLLEGE FOOTBALL! My passion, beyond writing, is College Football. I'm a HUGE Boise State fanatic, (I've got 2 undergrad degrees from there), so every Saturday, (or night of the week if that's the case), I can be found planted in front of the TV for about 3 hours while the Broncos are playing. It's so fun when my kids come in and ask 'which team is Boise State'. even if they're not playing, they all know who we root for in this house. :)
Then.. there's the promise of what lies ahead. Halloween, now that I've got kids in the 4-10 age range, is just an absolute blast. I never had so much fun when I was a kid. From costume planning and creation to mapping out our course, to the buildup of finally getting to eat some of their candy.. Halloween is far better as a Parent than it ever was as a kid, at least for me. Course, when you live 10 miles outside of a town of 2000 people, the chances of knocking on doors and finding candy is slim at best. Milk.. sure. Lots of raw milk.. but candy? Not so much. Then, right after Halloween it's Thanksgiving.. the Universal day of overeating delicious food. The best part of Thanksgiving..? The Leftovers! I can eat little butter roll sandwiches with turkey, stuffing, and cranberry jelly for weeks and never get sick of it. And then.. the Granddaddy of all Holidays.. Christmas. In our family it takes on even more special meaning because of all the Birthdays around Christmas, 3 kids born around Christmas. April Anniversary.. do the math ;)
Today is the start of the best time of the year in the Hiatt Household, so join me in pouring some hot spiced cider, grab a book and a blankey, and go sit on your deck and get in some reading while the kids play in the back yard. *Tis the season.
|A shot of our backyard from the deck.. we live right in town just minutes from campus..|
the house is older but easily big enough for our brood, and the lot is huge with incredible views!