I love the fall. The crisp weather, the yummy fall foods, the feel of a fresh start. I just really enjoy it all. More specifically, after a summer of running around with the kiddo in high heat and humidity, I love how fall gets a little easier. Here are a few of the lazy reason I love the fall.
1) Less sunscreen. I know, sun protection is important. I don’t mess around with it. Any time we go out to play in the summer the whole family has to be lathered up. And of course we have to reapply if we are out for a long time, or doing a bunch of water activities. In the fall? We don’t have to do that as much. Long pants and long sleeves come out. Feet are covered. Has the neck and face gotten sunscreen? Then we are good to go. Instead of a process with a wiggly toddler and messy hands, it takes about thirty seconds to get some coverage on that sweet little face and we are good to go.
2) Less bathing. This one sounds gross, but here me out. I am a big fan of using the excuse the kid was in the pool or playing in the hose all day for not needing a bath. But we don’t go swimming every day. It gets so hot in the summer, everyone always ends up sweaty. Bare feet get dirty. Heck, even feet in crocs or sandals get all sorts of dirt on them. This means every night, even if there isn’t a full bath, there is a big wipe down to get all the dirt and sweat off. In the fall? Feet are clean under shoes and socks. My little man can run around to his heart’s content and not break a sweat. And me? I can put him to bed with a little less guilt when we skip a bath.
3) Slow cooker comeback. I am a person that uses the slow cooker almost year round. It really helps with prep and makes dinner prep easier. But in the summer rich soups and stews just don’t sound appealing. As soon as the temperature starts to dip I know we are just about ready to dive back into hearty pastas and chilies. I love the ease of tossing food in the slow cooker in the morning and having a great dinner (with leftovers) when I get home from work. Even vegetables get a little tastier in the slow cooker, and my son sometimes actually likes them that way. I know by February we are going to be tired of my slow cooker routine and we’ll start dreaming of fresh summer salads. After a summer of trying to use up fresh produce and try new things, I am eager to toss some carrots and potatoes in the pot and call it done.
4) Outside playtime. Yes, summer is often seen as the best time to get out and play. I disagree. I absolutely hate being hot and sweaty, unless I am actively working out. Of course kids don’t seem to mind it, and want to run around in the hottest parts of the day. I go outside with my son, but I usually find myself trying to duck into shade, or position myself to grab any sort of breeze I can. In the cooler weather? Let’s play! I love running around the yard without thinking it is too hot to move. I love taking walks and checking out the leaves changing color. I love that we can plan an outing without packing a case of water to combat the dehydration from sweating. The cool air invigorates me and I love playing outside with my kid in the fall.
5) Football starts. I enjoy sports, don’t get me wrong. But I am not a huge football fan. Pat on the other hand, huge fan. A we-need-to-watch-every-game-we-can fan. It does get old, save for one silver lining. We have a little deal. Pat can watch all the football he wants, but he has to hang out and play with Ben while he does so. What does this extra father-son time mean for me? Freedom to get to all the projects I have been putting off forever! I try to include Ben in what I need to do. I think it’s good for kids to see just what goes in to keeping up a home. Sometimes though it is just easier to get things done without a toddler along. Ben isn’t super in to football, but he adores having time with Daddy to play. The tv may be on, but he doesn’t really watch it. So Ben gets Daddy time, Pat gets football time, and I get time with both of them occupied. Win!
In a few years my son will start school, and I am betting fall will usher in busier times instead of the opposite. For now though, I am enjoying these lazy fall days.