the past couple of weekends have been a fall frenzy: apple orchards, pumpkin patches (or rather, heaping bins of pumpkins conveniently placed at the entrance of all the country stores), long walks in the woods, leaf piles, bonfires, and after the little one has gone to bed, watching scary movies. with andy in grad school and the shortened daylight, our weekends have been as fleeting as the fall itself - thank goodness october is a long month. anyway, we've been trying to get our fill, reaping the harvest + stocking up on all the goods, and now here it is, carefully curated in one place for easy retrieval, long after the last leaf has fallen.
a few weeks ago, andy and i started a list with all the words august knows. there are rules though because august repeats most anything you ask him to say, so a word only gets added if he uses it on his own, without prompt. also, since we are trying to raise him bilingually, both spanish and english words count and sometimes, the two languages converge in surprising ways. take the spanish word for fruit [pronounced froot-tah], for example. now before i go on, a quick lesson in elocution: the "f" sound is a challenging one for new talkers to make. so is the "r" sound. put the two letters together and it gets really tricky. SO instead of saying fruta, august pronounces it as [poo-tah]. i will not translate the word, but let's just say that it's not appropriate for a spanish-speaking child's vocabulary. still, august knows what fruits are and he uses the word exclusively to refer to them, so on the list it goes.
speaking of words, the one august uses for pumpkins sounds a lot like "bath time". don't ask.
THIS is one of my favorite places in the world: the c&o canal. i feel closest to my dad whenever i'm on the tow path and taking august there is like taking him to visit his grandfather.
when we got home, i raked up a big pile of leaves to play in. august wasn't too sure about it initially and even after i fell backwards into the pile to show him it was safe, he still tensed up and gave a nervous laugh before requesting up! we tried a couple more times together until he got comfortable enough on his own and then you couldn't take him away from the leaves. he went well into the evening marching through it, kicking up leaves, and tossing them in the air. he smelled like rotting leaves, and i mean that in the best way possible.
a few more fall things you should check out if you haven't already:
+ arguably the best scary movie ever and it's just as good as the book
+ you can buy this version of my favorite fall treat, or you can just pop some popcorn and toss a handful of candy corn in it. either way, it's delicious
+ some other funny translations from bilingual kids
+ love this family costume idea, now i just need to get andy on board
+ i'm not alone in finding the nostalgia in the smell of rotting leaves