The One with the Leaves

The problem with the last three months of the year for me is that I don’t want to do anything but paint pinecones, bake pumpkin bread and make lists of things to do for the holidays.  The redesign project for the blog has been sitting in my lap for three months now, and I haven’t finished it.  I hereby swear, now held accountable by blog readers, to get it done by the end of the year. 

Also.  We found fall in Florida last week.  We have super sensitive fall sensors and can scout out the tiniest of dry leaves and the slightest of cool breezes.  And when we see them and feel them, we’re all party in the streets.  Brett opened the sliding glass doors the other morning and hollered excitedly for me to come feel how amazing and fall-like it was.  The shift was barely recognizable, but when we’re talking fall, I’m like a dog who hears high pitch rings unheard by humans.  I felt it. 

I’m feeling it.  We have moss and pinecones, orange and scarlet hidden among all the green, dried pine needles, pumpkin spice lattes, Roasted Cherry and Buttery Carmel nail polish colors, cold fronts and little kids who say things like “I’m going to wear my cozy pajamas because it’s fall now.”

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And just when I’m thinking my fallometer is measuring some pretty good levels, our box of leaves from Michigan arrived.  My cousin Joann sends them every year (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008).  Our mail lady delivered them to my door and I couldn’t help but smile and tell her “They’re leaves.  From Michigan!” like she cared or needed to know.  I wasted no time in looking for scissors, instead jamming an ink pen through packaging (I broke it) and slicing through tape to loosen the box flaps so that I could at least get a whiff of the north.  It was a good batch this year–a lot of maples, a few oaks and aspens but all of them maintaining their color through their 2-day journey to us.

Kids playing in leaves–definitely one of those 14,000 Things to Be Happy About.

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I pressed a few leaves between the pages of favorite books so that we’ll forget about them and be pleasantly surprised next year when we randomly find them flattened against Mary Oliver’s words or Beatrix Potter’s pictures.

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Happy Monday, friends.
(Loving this song and this song by Wild Child for fall.  Delicious fall cover art: total bonus.)

Also, tackling the giant task of sorting through old baby stuff and talking about what to keep, what to get rid of…over at All Parenting.

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  1. Wish we were there…miss you. Happy Thanksgiving Day from the great white north! xo

  2. Wish we were there…miss you. Happy Thanksgiving Day from the great white north! xo

  3. Tears. Every time. The leaves pictures never get old. Love. Love. Love.

  4. Love the leaves tradition & Dash-in-the-box made my morning. Must make pumpkin bread to go along with our first real chilly morning!
    xo
    Kate

  5. Adorable photos.

  6. those top teeth….how cute:)

  7. I think it is so awesome that you have leaves shipped to you! Love seeing Dash in the leaves this year!

  8. and some places there are just so many fallen leaves… I could fill up a whole truck load of leaves from my back yard …and would love some Florida warmth

  9. These pictures are priceless! I love the one of Dash laughing and the one of Nella ducking as the leaves fall on her. SO adorable. Made my Monday :)

  10. Your pictures are amazing! I love the one with Lainey’s arms wide open and the one of Dash laughing and the one with Nella laughing with the leaves falling around her. And then I go back and they are all my favorites. Makes me want to put a sweater on.

  11. Oh my gosh, that big smile on Dash in the leaves makes me happy – even on a Monday. :)

  12. OMG..the photo of Dash giggling with Lainey over him in the leaves…that is worthy of framing to add to your front hallway collection!

  13. The joy in your kids faces over those leaves is priceless….LOVE every single picture!!! What an awesome tradition!! I live in WI so we have leaves o plenty and we are loving every bit of it!!!

  14. I look forward to your “leaf” post every year. Now it is offically Fall, even in Florida!

  15. those pics of the kids in the leaves are precious!!

  16. The picture of Nella with her arms tucked full of leaves. So beautiful. And Dash with his huge grin, lying in the leaves with Lainey. Adorable.

  17. We are having beautiful weather here in Canada and are hanging on to summer!

  18. THE BOX!!!!! I have been looking forward to the box that is sent every year and this years was no disappointment!! I love the pictures as always and sweet Dash!! Priceless!! I am in KY and our leaves should be a peak season next weekend! We are seeing some reds and oranges now, however next weekend they should be beautiful!

  19. You made my day brighter.
    Thank you : )

  20. Oh my word – those 3 precious children. I always look forward to your blog post about receiving the fall leaves from Michigan. The jeans skirt on Nella, the picture of Dash laughing, and precious Lainey are just all too much. Thanks, as ever, sharing.

  21. i was just reading this with my little Loukas Fox and he giggled at little Dash, saying “are you a little stinker?” and “look at him eating those leaves”

    LOVELY PHOTOS! ‘you’re so lovely darlin’. i’m at your feet, just at your feet’ (tombstone quote, in my top 5 all time most watched movies)

  22. I’m glad you’re feeling fall. I’m sure its not the easiest task in FL. Here in Asheville, I literally thought it was snowing today…all leaves!! Crazy beautiful fall weather.

    Dig that song.

    And I’m also sorting baby stuff today…better get on that.

  23. Always my favourite post of the year! Stunning photos Kelle. Happy Autumn xxx

  24. Oh how sweet of your cousin to send those leaves year after year. That picture of Dash and Lainey is adorable!! Made me make a mental note of taking my “real” camera out more often. I need more pictures of my babies while they are still babies.
    Thank you for sharing!

  25. Absolutely adore the idea of mailing leaves — and love your photos! So darling. And so excited for fall.

  26. I always love the annual leaf post! Makes me enjoy my WI leaves all the more and the beautiful fall weather we’ve had. So glad you box arrived!

  27. I could so relate to this post: I was born in south Florida, and I’m still here. I can sense the change in shadows, and WILL find any sort of “fall” leaf, embrace spices, and wear shores that are closed toed :)

  28. Beautiful pictures and such an inspiring blog love reading it!

    Good wishes & blessings for you and your family

    Maria

  29. Nella’s giggle picture… Oh, I want to SQUEEZE that little munchkin!!

  30. I miss fall. We just moved here to Florida from jersey . To see your beautiful pictures of your kids playing with the fall leaves .made me smile.
    thanks for sharing.

  31. Such a beautiful pictures! :)

  32. What a sweet family! You are a good Mom! I think that is a fun thing to do. I have never thought about shipping leaves before!

  33. Also love the feet pics! Your shoes are fetching! As are the little persons!

  34. Cute post, cute kids. Also comment on your post over at all parenting. I have found it alot easier to get rid of the clothing after a few years rather then right away. Im also a bog kids clothing horder and our kids are now 3,5,6 and i decided the beginning of the summer its TIME to tackle the atttic and all the 20 billion boxes of kids clothing, and honestly its been really simple. Some of the stuff has stains and some i jsut didnt like/care about anymore, i did save a box or 2 from each kid but i found that waiting some time made a big difference to me :) good luck with your clean out :)

  35. Love the leaves pictures! Who needs expensive toys when you have leaves!!! Glad Dash is enjoying them too!

  36. I love it that your cousin sends you fall leaves! I think that is so awesome!! :)

  37. Ha! I laughed out loud at your first paragraph. I am exactly the same. And now, even though it’s October – the Christmas trees are up in the shopping centres and the decorations are on sale – I spend so much of my time wondering the store trying not to buy EVERYTHING! I am in my final months of a midwifery degree, and it’s really hard to stop trawling pinterest for christmas ideas when I should be writing essays! So yes, I totally relate :)

  38. I’m right there with you. I wish I had nothing to do, except hike around outside and experience all that fall has to offer. I just can’t get enough of it! n

  39. LOVE the leaf photos! Wish we had leaves like that where I live, or someone to send them to me:)

  40. It’s so cool that you get to have a little “fall” sent to your doorstep from MI. I love seeing the pics of your kids enjoying the crunchy, colourful, “feels like home” leaves. We adore all things fall here too!!! Love seeing Dash in the pile this year.
    Happy Fall…

  41. I like your artwork, and your tights…I just like reading your blog and seeing all the cute pictures of your kiddos–Oh that Nella–so beautiful. Also, we have so many likes in common–old Sara Groves songs, Mary Oliver (what’s the line about this one wild life, or something like that?)Anyway, keep writing. You remind me to find joy in all circumstances, in all the little things. Oh, and by the way, the puppet routine video that you play with Nella–the coffee one–no one in their right mind could see that and think you are anything but the sweetest mom ever. God bless!

  42. is it weird to say that i have been waiting for more of your glorious leaf pictures all weekend?! i love Fall and your photos so it the best mix :)

    that one of nella smiling with her eyes closed and leaves coming at her is probably my fave!

    happy Fall! happy monday!

  43. Always love your yearly “kids in the leaves” photos! Something we take for granted in October, here in the mitten! Colors “up north” were beautiful this past weekend….Much like your own box of color! Enjoy ~

  44. Love it! I heart fall. Looks like the kids are having a great time. What a sweet cousin you have!

    Fall makes me want to wear sweaters, paint my nails brown and red, and bake.

    It’s 80 here in central California. I catch it where I can.

    Best,
    Caryl

  45. I love this idea. I was going to send them to my friend that moved to Florida but I ended up visiting in real life. I love the pictures, all of them. So cute. You just had a baby so don’t worry about what you don’t get done. We just love seeing the pictures. Enjoy your sweet family.

  46. This makes me so happy. Autumn is my fave, too.

  47. happy happy happy Fall!
    Thank you for sharing your music finds with us… not sure if you still have a running playlist- we can access it in Canada, but I sure do appreciate the youtube links.
    xox

  48. I think these might be the happiest leaf pictures yet! The ones of them … mouth wide open laughing … are too die for.

    So happy you get a little taste of fall.

    I think you’re cousin could start a leaf shipment business. Probably do a brisk business!

  49. I think these might be the happiest leaf pictures yet! The ones of them … mouth wide open laughing … are too die for.

    So happy you get a little taste of fall.

    I think your cousin could start a leaf shipment business. Probably do a brisk business to lots of places that miss out on autumn!

  50. Oh, MAN I want to kiss and squeeze them all! And Nora was looking at this post with me. She was 2 inches from the screen and kept saying, “Hi Nowa. Hi Nowa.” (She thought they were pictures of herself :). Until she got to the picture of Dash eating the leaves. She said, “Bite?”

    Happy Fall, friend!

  51. That picture of Dash laughing! Stop! It’s amazing!

  52. Ahhhhh, Dash’s wide open laugh! I can’t take it.

  53. Fall is such a great time of the year and your photos captured it greatly!

  54. Kelle….
    Oh, I love Autumn, as well!! It is, I think, my second favorite season next to Spring!! ;-D
    Dash looks so very excited about his first leaf pile adventure!! 😉
    –Raelyn

  55. Ahh, Fall, my favorite time of year (especially here in the Midwest) So glad you are able to celebrate this season with your kid! They are getting so big! Have a week day Kelle!

  56. What a wonderful moment for all of you. Everyone with their smiles, put a big one on my face. I live in Minnesota and we tend to take for granted our beautiful falls days. This made me appreciate them a bit more. Thanks!

  57. That is just plain awesome that your cousin sends you a box of leaves to enjoy since you don’t have them in Florida! I love that idea!!!

  58. Mailing leaves? What a great idea and the kiddos clearly love them!

  59. Ahhhh…fall leaves! I don’t think there is anything more beautiful (except for maybe the first snowfall. By the 3rd I’m over it! lol) The leaves are just starting to fall in NKY. So far they are trying to hang on to their green despite my whispering to hurry up and all the pumpkin spice coffee I’m drinking! What a wonderful post Kelle! I look forward to this one every year!

  60. Nella’s expression in the photo of her holding tightly the leaves looks so angelic. She is turning into a beautiful young lady. :)

    – Erin

  61. Nella’s outfit… killing me! Love!

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  63. Those pictures are excellent! Such joy!

  64. Go, sit upon the lofty hill,
    And turn your eyes around,
    Where waving woods and waters wild
    Do hymn an autumn sound.
    -E. B. Browning

    Hey there. Happy fall to you – from the colourful hills and vineyards in Niagara. Just saw a NBC newsbite about a homecoming King and Queen from West Orange High (Florida) that might intrigue you.

    http://www.nbc-2.com/story/23685197/down-syndrome-couple-crowned-homecoming-king-queen#.Ul3RBM2Thbw

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  65. The photo of Dash laughing at Lainey? Seriously – that is what parenting is all about. Those little moments are the reason we all have children. I’m glad your kids enjoy the leaves. As a girl from the Midwest, I think of leaves and remember the hours and hours it takes to rake them all! At least my kids are old enough to enjoy playing in them this year. Maybe leaves might become fun again… :)

  66. Your kids are going to savor some of the best little details – like that first whiff of the leaves. Nothing like it.

    Let that pinecone, pumpkin break making season commence!

  67. Ohhh my goodness, those laugh-smiles are the BEST. This is a great idea…I could use a box of leaves here in LA, but I don’t have a yard to put them in =]

  68. What lovely fall pictures! I cant get enough of them, nearly hear the laughter :)

    Many greetings,
    Susann

  69. LOVE your fall photos! QUESTION!!!!!!!!!! What kind of dog is Latte??? I truly must know! Is he a mini poodle? tea cup something? I just adore seeing him in pictures!!

  70. Kelle, what a beautiful tradition you have created for your children. I am a New England girl who went to school for 3 years in St. Pete, so I totally GET craving the season. Love to see the look-back at these gorgeous photos!

  71. I. Want. Leaves. (smile) The pictures are fabulous memories!

  72. joy!

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