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Happy Fall!

September 23, 2009

One Equinox, one party, one day out in the woods.  A good way to switch seasons.

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Maybe I’ve been reading too much Soule Mama.  Or flipping through the flickr group for the Seasons Round Exchange a bit too long.  But I’ve got it in my head that we need a nature table, nevermind that the wee one in this house can’t even say “autumn” yet.  So yesterday I instituted a little equinox celebration.  My goal?  A little something for the grownups, and a nature table that was age appropriate for a 9 month old.  So no wool gnomes this year (sigh).

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I made rolled cookies in fall shapes (I went through the trouble of rolling in order to use the hedgehog & squirel out of this set) and pumpkin cream cheese to dip them in (one block of cream cheese + half a can of pumpkin pie filling).  And then there were some nature table presents for the Turtle.  A pumpkin, gourd, and ears of corn from the farmer’s market.  Great for lifting, twisting, dropping and drooling on.  He seems especially intrigued by the texture of the corn cobs in his mouth.

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Rain and scheduling foiled our outside time on the Equinox itself, but we made up for it today by traveling a bit out of town to Christer’s school’s annual picnic.  A few snacks, some faculty vs. student competition (on shore and in the water), a chance to show off (and pass off) the baby, and a few minutes alone to play with the macro setting on the camera until the battery wore out.  If you sat very still you could almost feel a fall chill blowing through the humid, 80 degree day.  Almost.

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Just a bit of celebrating to mark a change–a bit of planning to be able to call it an event, and a few minutes together as a family to roll baby pumpkins around on the ground.  Yes, I overthought it all–but it is exciting to be able to share these little festivals, little passages of time, with a little baby.  And to hope that some of the excitement will stick, and that we’re starting our own little traditions to grow as he does.

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