Fall just happens to be my favorite season - don't know why, aside from the fact that having wonderful sunny days that are crisp and cool vs. hot and humid, "good sleepin' weather" nights, and the wonderful color changes that are a feast for the eyes. I love Fall!
Our weather has been teasing us with the upcoming 'true' Fall weather - only getting into the 70's during the day and dipping into the 50's and 60's at night. But the last couple of days have been more humid than crisp, so I can't wait until that humidity finally bids adieu for the season.
I've always been a huge Christmas decor person, really going all-out for that holiday, but over the last few years I've also gotten big into decorating for Fall... hay bales, pumpkins, (cute) scarecrows and Indian corn on the porches (both front and back - since the front is only for the enjoyment of the passing motorists, but the back porch has to be decorated for me and everyone who comes to visit).
Each year I've picked up even more decorative things specifically for Fall (and Thanksgiving), but even though Princess Nagger is at the age where she understands - and enjoys - Halloween, I can't bring myself to add ghoulish decor...so I tell her that the 'Fall Decorations' will suffice for Fall in general, plus will cover Halloween and Thanksgiving...a three-for-one deal. So far she's bought that explanation...wonder how long it will be before she starts nagging me to add some ghosts and goblins to my decor?
As far as Halloween goes, last year I talked her out of dressing up as a witch...I found a cute pirate costume instead. Not the 'traditional' black and white and red kind, but an adorable pink and brown pirate costume - even called "Pink Pirate"...she loved it (as did I) and this year she's decided she'd like to dress up as the Tooth Fairy. She has a (too big) purple tutu she wants to wear and a set of fairy wings, I just have to get a tiara and wand for her to carry - and I plan to fashion some sort of 'tooth bucket' for her to collect her bounty in.
That means at least for one more year I'll get to enjoy her Halloween 'getup' in the 'cuteness' stage...my hubby continues to remind me she won't be my 'dress-up doll' forever, so I'm taking advantage of those moments as much as I can.
Soon it will be time to start the Fall Decorating process - here's how I decorated last year (you'll notice I waited until later in October...I'm not waiting that long this year):
I didn't take pictures of the front porch - it was blustery cold and windy and my fingers were frozen, so I abandoned the idea of taking pictures. This year I'll be decorating much earlier, just in case. This time I'll get pictures. We'll see if I can 'out-do' myself this year...stay tuned! Fall is definitely my favorite time of year... What's yours?