With the start of September, the feeling of the end of Summer, the shift in the movement of the sun meaning I have to move the drying rack all the way into the yard to catch the rays, came a feeling that the little babe was ready for more. More activity, more stimulation, more interaction with others. I do not want to fill our days with busyness - I hear too many parents complain about running their kids all around and I know that is not what I want our life to be like. However, I chose two activities that I thought she would enjoy (that I would enjoy attending too) and that expose her to different skills. And so we have a fun dance class with 5-year old girls in all manners of tutus, frills, and bare feet and then a horseback riding lesson each week. I rode horses throughout my childhood and into college and so have a secret desire to spend time at a barn again. Both first lessons were a success.
The weather has been much cooler than normal, which I don't really mind, but which is definitely strange. It has put me in a bit of hibernation mode, wrapping myself in my shawl, taking longer to get out and about in the morning, and taking away my desire for garden work. Our squash are still growing like crazy, so I hope we don't hit that freezing mark anytime soon. The little bantam chickens have started laying, but we're still waiting on the Jersey Giants to kick into production. Then we'll have plenty of eggs again - right now we're lucky for one big and one tiny each day.
Hope you're enjoying these transition days. Every season is beautiful, but I know that Autumn is a favorite for a lot of people. I think I've actually become a Winter lover, but that depends on if we actually get snow. Just like the sunflowers and end of season tomatoes - soak up any bit of sun you can now!