"It was September evening and all the gaps and clearings in the wood were brimmed up with ruby sunset light. Here and there the lane was splashed with it, but for the most part it was already quite shadowy beneath the maples, and the spaces under the firs were filled with a clear violet dusk like airy wine."
-L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
September is usually a steady prelude to Fall, but this year it seemed like it was holding tightly on to summer until the chimes of the 30th rang. Rain poured from the sky for a great many days and the sun kept us in shorts, chasing away any notion of sweaters or hats.
Every September I get the nesting fever, hunting and gathering for garden gems and closet staples. We continued to bring in the harvest, preserving peaches and raspberries in jam and freezing tomatoes in bags for chili and soup in the coming months. Our cupboards are full of butternut squash and potatoes from my Papa Milo and Alice and Milo's closets are now equipped for the cold with sweaters and cardigans, mittens and hats. I have way too much fun scouting for their wardrobes every spring and fall and find I get more enjoyment gathering for them than I do for me. I need so few things and find them easily enough online that the real hunt is crafting a minimalist wardrobe for my littles with a budget in hand and the pleasant surprises of consignment stores at our picking.
Aside from readying for the cold, we've been playing and creating around the house, savoring caramel apples, cavorting with royalty, sailing the seas, and hopping around the hills. It's been lovely 'round here.
Without further ado, our September...
morning light and shadows | a surprise in the mail for a client
sedum & dew
my blue-eyed early bird
the tomatoes love their towers - so much easier this year!
pablanos, eggplant, & tomatoes
the very busy spider
This little neighbor was busy wrapping up her breakfast.
aka "tickle plant"
When you touch it's leaves, they immediately retract and close like a book.
JD bought some seeds thinking Alice would love them, but I think all of our adult friends enjoy them even more.
A few clippings of Sedum, rose leaves, spirea branches, and hearty pompous grass tufts. I love bringing Fall inside :)
And those Starkrimson pears - they are beautiful to watch ripen and delicious to eat.
This underexposed image feels so moody and romantic with just enough color. I've been reveling in how underexposing an image triggers memories as if I were just there, feeling more real in my mind than if I had aimed for a proper histogram. It's made me realize that a good photo is not a perfect exposure, but elicits a feeling, a moment, a memory. It can conjure dreams and stories and take you places, whether they be real, imagined, or past.
I love the dancing, watery light that streams in through our old windows.
Caught Alice's silhouette one morning.
This is the kind of light that sends me running for my camera throughout the day - the contrast and illumination. !!! Every time I stumble upon a moment like this, it's like a great secret I've been temporarily let in on.
towers & trains
Alice the Artist
Found this treasure of a world for $6 at the Thrift Shop and it fits with colors in Alice's room perfectly! Our names were practically written on the bottom.
a new coloring book for mama
Alice's first mixed media project! | new painting for the hallway upstairs
And she insisted on sporting a bow "like Cinderella" after seeing the new movie this month.
(I love having a little girl.)
caramel apples from Super Bee Orchard - if Fall had a "Best Of" list, this would be on it
This might be one of my favorite photos in my inventory. It's so minimal & elegant and tells a tale of someone who ate a delicious treat on a beautiful plate while basking in lovely light. Kind of perfect.
Operation Potty Train Alice: Logic-Based Approach
The good news: Alice is potty trained! The bad news: it took two days of being a baby (naps, mashed food (e.g. peas), and early bedtime) to get there. I'll write a more thorough post later but the idea is that babies potty in their diapers/pants, so if you're going to be a baby, you get to be treated like one which means the above repercussions. Yeah. About 48 hours later Alice came up to me and declared "Mommy, I'm going to be a big girl!" We've had a few accidents, but WE ARE VICTORIOUS!!! Way to go, Alice!
three going on thirteen
This one makes my heart ache a little.
Alice, you are growing into such a little lady.
Cinderella & Alice having a heart to heart.
No big deal.
(Full post here.)
Meeting Princess Anna & Queen Elsa at Mount Michael's Fall Festival.
(Don't Elsa and Rapunzel look awfully alike? Brooke Fencl, is that you??? Are you the coolest undercover royalty and I never knew it??! Thanks for making my Alice so happy :D)
And thanks, Gramma Jo & Papa Bear for taking her to enjoy all the festivities!
Horse rides, snow cones, face painting...
and Alice the Tiger won a pretty prize :)
Open Door Mission was hosting this fun outing in celebration of their 60th anniversary so we climbed aboard and enjoyed the views and waves.
another fun day at the zoo with friends :)
post to come
"my sister chose my accessories today" | toddling in Alice's sandals
"No one hurts my brother. Except me."
Alice's No. 1 Priority
CBC Family Fun Fest 2015!!!
p.s. always bring a quilt. Everywhere.
Future gymnast? Airplane? Who knows...
Mama & Milo
I adore this little family of mine :D
Goodbye, Summer. Hello, Fall.
And the best is yet to come! September was great, but I have the biggest soft spot for October.
Anne said it best: "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
Cheers to that!