When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.
Summer was busy, bright, non-stop, chaotic, fast, wonderful, fun, exciting, sunny, hot, humid, tiring.
It was about holidays, summer camps, travel, extended family, visits, noise, the beach, the lake, planes, packing, unpacking.
Then, time to stop, time to rest.
Autumn was busy, sunny, relaxed, eventful, fun, spooky, colourful, beautiful.
It was about back to school; class projects and playdates. It was about apple picking, kite flying, returning to favourite places and simple pleasures. It was about visits to the park and playing with balls and raking leaves. It was about feeling the first chill of winter, seeing the first flurries of snow, seeing our breath in the mornings.
It was about fun and laughter and silliness; the little things that make us smile; the moments that will stay with us; the making of memories.
It was about doing all of that together, as a family.
This autumn has seen us spend wonderful quality time together as a family with outings, trips, celebrations, the beginning of new traditions and lots of simple, good old fashioned, fun. It has been a time to crunch in leaves, run in parks, play in the garden and enjoy the crisp, blue sky days of autumn. But, after the madness of summer it has also been a time to relax, enjoy and take a breath. Regain perspective. Regain a sense of family, of our ‘unit’, of ourselves. Remind ourselves that all it takes to have fun is to spend time together. That all it takes to create magical memories is to play and laugh together.
I’m joining in with Day One of the wonderful One Week [Autumn 2013] over at Older Mum in a Muddle, which runs for the next three days. Come back tomorrow for Day Two.