We had a lovely time making and eating an apple pie together to celebrate the first day of fall. It was extra fun to use apples that we'd collected from Grandpa's apple tree and the nifty Pampered Chef peeler-corer-slicer that Aaron scored at the thrift store this week. Xander and Elodie loved cranking the handle and watching it work its magic. And eating the long curliques of apple skin was pretty fun, too. Then we got to enjoy the smell of baking pie with a nice fresh fall breeze coming in the windows. Warm apple pie ala mode with caramel sauce--it was a great way to ring in a new season!
Xander has gotten pretty excited over seeing little patches of yellow leaves in the trees, and I have gotten pretty excited over the occasional nip in the air. But when I announced that today was the first official day of fall, it was Elodie who reminded me of the best part about this fall--a new baby! I've been telling her that the baby is going to come in the fall, around Mom's birthday. When I told her it was fall, she made the connection right away. So we are especially glad to welcome a new season and anticipate the nearness of welcoming a new little girl into our family!