Sunday, September 1, 2013

Welcome, September

Hi everyone,

I feel like I need a formal introduction because I know I have been really terrible about blogging for the past few months.  It seems as though when I get emotional I have two reactions: words flow right out of me like a fire hose (and sometimes lack a filter), or I just freeze up and can't find the words to say anything.  The past few months have been the latter, I have felt quiet and introspective.  Like my thoughts were mine only, not really ready to share anything.

But as summer turns into fall I feel like it is time to emerge from my cocoon.  I always consider fall a season of renewal.  A new school year for children with freshly sharpened pencils, new folders and bright new clothing.  A renewed sense of energy as the heat and humidity cool into the warm glow of autumn.  And of course, the most important thing of all, pumpkin spice is back!  I'm excited about the next few months; we have plans to see family, celebrate holidays, and then come December we are moving out to California.  Back to the coastline where I know both my husband and I feel most at home.  Even if it is the wild wild west as opposed to the east coast we are accustomed to.

The past two weekends we have experienced the clash of the seasons very vividly.  Last weekend we drove out to Lawrence, Kansas to experience one of the quintessential heartland crops: the sunflower.  It was a late peak this year due to the (mercifully) mild summer.  When we found out we were coming to Kansas in the fall of 2012 a few stereotypes immediately popped into my head: tornadoes, The Wizard of Oz, and sunflower fields.  We (thankfully) haven't seen any tornadoes this year, we did see "Oz" when the new movie came to the theatre here and enjoyed Union Station glowing green as Emerald City, and I am so happy that we actually were able to see and enjoy the sunflowers.

Connor enjoying the view from above the sunflowers
The sunflower crop is a rarity these days because it doesn't yield the profit of soy or corn.  So this particular field at Grinter Farm really only exists because this particular family farm feels like it is important to the community.  They get joy out of watching people admire the flowers and take pictures.  I know our family very much appreciated the sunflowers and despite the super bright sun, took tons of pictures.
This weekend, as we shift away from the summer sunflowers, we went to Cider Hill Family Orchard to pick apples.  It was strange to do sunflowers one weekend and apple picking the next, but we aren't complaining and have been enjoying the activities. 

This week Kate starts Pre-K and Connor starts preschool.  It will be the first time they will be at the same school and it's safe to say they are both excited.  Kate has assured Connor that she will hold his hand and walk him to his classroom each day and I'm sure she will.  In some ways I'm ready for the "me" time, and in others I just want to keep them home with me and not let them go.  But they are both ready, they are both beyond excited to play and learn and love their new teachers, and I'm excited for all of us.
I hope you are all having a wonderful, family-filled Labor Day weekend.  Best wishes to everyone who is starting a new school year next week.  I'm hoping that this post will break the ice for me and that I will start writing more again.  


Courtney said...

These are some amazingly beautiful photos of your children, Jill!

Jill said...

Thanks, Courtney! I have been working hard on my photography skills this year :).

Hi, I'm Jill!

Hi, I'm Jill!
Extrovert. Mom of two. Wife of a cute Naval Aviator. Lover of wine. When I'm not chasing my two kids around town you will find me writing, taking too many photos, and researching the ten future areas the Navy could potentially (but probably won't) PCS us. We are fish out of water, landlocked at 7,000 feet. For now.

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