1. I LOVE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL! I am a teacher and I just love all the excitement of kids and parents planning for a new school year. Everybody gets new clothes and backpacks and lunch pails (who doesn't remember their first Barbie or Hot Wheels Lunch Pail?), a new haircut and shoes, and we get to meet our students for the year and decorate up our classrooms. It is a lot of fun for a teacher to do Back to School.
|Back to School Buses with some of our school rules....|
|Balloon Festival at the park down the street from us...her's the hubs taking pics|
2.HARVEST FESTIVALS! I love the harvest time. Up here in Utah at the end of summer there are lots and lots of festivals celebrating the harvest. We have Peach Days, Onion Days, Scarecrow Festival, Lavender Days, Raspberry Days at our Bear Lake cabin and many others. Each and every festival is unique and lots of fun. Some of them people dress up for too like Swiss Days in Heber and the Witch Scavenger Hunt at Gardner Village. I love to go to a pumpkin patch or pick cherries or apples from an orchard with family members too. I like to then go make things out of my fruit like cherry crisp or fresh peach pies. I enjoy going to a pumpkin patch too. Do you have to be a little kid to enjoy it? Nope. You can just smile at little kids enjoying it. :D
|Raspberry Days at Bear Lake where we have a cabin. It's a blast.|
Here are my cute little granddaughters at one of the festival picture booths.
|Fall Festivals are so much fun in Utah. I love them!!|
And who doesn't love getting a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch? We love it!
|The Band Perry Concert - I got tickets for the Hub's birthday!|
|Hiking Dog Lake above Brighten Ski Resort in Utah|
|The hubs and I at Mary's Lake above Brighton Ski Resort.|
|Grandpa's 87th Birthday Party at my house in September.|
|Hanging out with some of the great-grandkids|
|Singing Happy Birthday with about 30 of the family gathered. Family is so fun.|
Here he is with one of his youngest great-grandsons, my only grandson, Dylan.
4. HALLOWEEN PARTIES AND DECORATIONS! I just love seeing black and orange and purple and lime green decorations all over the stores right now. I love a cute witch or frankie and I love to see Jack o lanterns decorated in all sorts of ways. My favorite time to decorate my house is Halloween time. I have almost more decorations for Halloween than I do for Christmas! EEK! I know, it is an illness.
|Drink station at a Halloween Decorated Dinner Party I had recently.|
|Entry table all in orange and black. |
I love me a good Halloween Party. Add some dry ice and bobbing for apples and a pumpking carving contest and a bunch of weirdos in costume and you can't help but have fun. And add some little smokies pigs-in-a-blanket that look like mummies and some green jello and some kind of meat on a stick and you've got it made!
|My favorite holiday and some of my favorite decorations are at Halloween time.|
|Getting ready for trick or treaters.|
|Fun treats for the kids made from rice crispie treats and M & Ms.|
|Halloween Party in my classroom with my grandkids and I as ladybugs and bees.|
|My daughter and her 2 oldest kiddos.|
|Trick or Treat! My first Granddaughter Marisa.|
|Entry tables and coffee tables are so pretty in the fall! I love the rustic colors.|
|I love Thanksgiving almost as much as Halloween Decor.|
|Fall picture wall....I change out the flowers and ribbon color and usually put a new swag of beads along the wrought iron picture holder.|
|Thanksgiving table decor|
|I have lots of end tables I decorate for each season.....I get carried away....|
|Pilgrims and Indians....|
|Kiddie table I decorate for Thanksgiving every year.|
|Hiking Minnetonka Caves in Idaho with my sis.|
|Hiking around Sundance Ski Resort in Utah. We didn't see Robert Redford though...sigh....|
|Bridal Veil Falls hike on a pretty October day with the grandkids.....|
|Just above ALTA Ski Resort look what we saw hiking....it doesn't get any better than this!|
|Hiking in October is really the very best weather.....|
|We are surrounded by a dozen lakes and reservoirs to hike around-- this was Bell Canyon Reservoir in October.|
|Fun Football Snacks|
Football starts in the fall....Sunday Night Football is fun to look forward to!
Lots of the kids do fantasy teams and that adds to the fun. I love watching my little grandkids playing sports too. Have you ever watched 4 year olds playing sports? It's a HOOT.
Love the football snacks too.
|HERE you can check out how to tmake these soft pretzels for Monday Night Football!|
Or some football cookies or Pigs in a Blanket!
.And who doesn't love a good, rough, hockey game in person? I love to go see the Utah Grizzlies and watch the clown shoot hot dogs up in the stands and stand up to dance to YMCA. And have you ever done "Chuck a Puck"? Well you haven't lived then. It's a fun sport, hockey is. My son Danny loved it and we loved watching him play and end up in the penalty box. It makes me smile thinking about it. We've got tickets for November already!
|Football Snack Pizzas|
8. FAMILY QUAD RIDING AT THE CABIN in the mountains during the Fall season. It is one of the most fun family outings a family can have. We take the little ones and put them on the back of the 4 wheelers in their own little helmets and go tour the national forests around our cabin. The weather is nice and crisp and breathing fresh air when you are doing something physical and beautiful at the same time is a rush. I love it!
|Fall Family photos and quad riding....|
|The beauty of nature on display.....|
|Some of the most fun times we've had are riding the quads as a family up in the mountains above Bear Lake.|
|I'm always at the end of the pack...lol....|
I love coming in half warm half cold to get by the fire and drink some hot chocolate and grab some BBQ chips after riding quads or hiking out in the mountains of Utah. It's just so neat. My hubs is a biker and he loves that too. I love watching the pelaton of bike racers whizzing around a curve at the mountain bike races they have right near our cabin too. But I just take the pictures. I don't bike.
|I love quad riding out in nature.|
|Fall gardening...when the deer don't eat the lilies I am a happy camper.|
|I have 4 fruit trees and lots of veggie gardens......and 2 ponds.|
|Some of the fruits of my labor.....|
Even though I love Christmas in the winter and Easter in the Spring, and a good, long, summer vacation, I've always loved fall the best. I remember skating down my street, my cheeks flushed and pink, panting and happy with my new, red, birthday skates, loving the weather and being outdoors. And here I am 50 years later and I still feel exactly the same way. FALL ROCKS!