Friday, September 27, 2013

First Rain of Fall

IMG_1435Our last “afterschooling theme” for September was Fall.  It arrived promptly with a sudden downpour last Saturday – very unusual for our area where first rains usually come in mid October. Smarty was excited and wanted to go outside, catch rain with her tongue and jump in puddles. That’s when we found out that we have no idea where her rain boots are and that her snow boots are not water proof. Having her feet wet was a perfect excuse to ask for another fall favorite – a cup of cocoa. A rainy day was quickly followed by our usual September weather – high 70s to low 80s during the day – perfect for my favorite fall activity, fall hikes

Fall Hikes


Smarty had “celebrate the first day of fall” on her fall bucket list, and she had a very specific plan for this celebration – seeing the leaves change and having a picnic. We picked Henry W. Coe park for this hike, it’s less than an hour drive, and it has a lot of deciduous trees including large oaks and some maples. The hike was gorgeous, and Smarty loved photographing different trees and observing signs of fall in this park.

Fall Gardening


Cooler weather also means fall gardening here in California. Our garden is fairly small, so we had it all done in one sunny morning. Out went our failed tomatoes and burned out herbs. Out went summer flowers that now turned to seeds or wilted. We planted several cool weather herbs, lettuce and fall flowers. I keep my fingers crossed on lettuce – we have a lot of snails, and they all seem to like it. Smarty was very happy to help – digging out old plants and planting new ones. So far the plants are doing well, and it’s nice to see fall color and new fall smells in our garden.


Fall Decorations


We also celebrate fall by getting out our fall decorations. Papa and Smarty made these leaves last year, and we kept them for this year. Smarty’s favorite part is to put gel clings on our living room windows, and she keeps lobbying for more every year. This year we also made some clay decorations for our seasonal branch tree, so now we feel very ready for fall inside!

Fall Books

Autumn Science ProjectsMy daughter is not even 7 yet, but gone are the days when I could select the books in the library and read them with her every night. She doesn’t want me to read to her any longer, because she can read much faster on her own, and she only wants to read what she is interested in (It’s Norse myths at the moment). But I am hoping that this book of science projects will interest her and, hopefully, we will add fall science to the list of things we’ll do this fall.

Your turn: Did you do anything special for this first week of fall?


Phyllis said...

You are very much in a fall mood aren't you? What is the weather like there?

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We made our traditional owl cookies for the first day of fall - and put up our fall leaf list tree - picked the late apples - did apple stamping, and made a pie. Summer ended with a lot of rain here - but the mountains are already topped with snow, and we had our first frost this morning! No fall gardens in Montana :)

Erica MomandKiddo said...

We're going to do a fun fall window project this weekend. I've had those gel clings from time to time but the kids tend to rip them apart so I've given up on them.

Joyful Learner said...

K went to the park and collected acorns for the winter. I'm not sure what she will do with them though. ;)

We have tons of fall books from the library and will probably do some fall activities but right now, all I can think about is the wind and my allergies. I miss summer already.

Oh, we're supposed to help out with Justice service garden this weekend at our gym. The kids plant and grow vegetables which helps feed those in need.

Ticia said...

Well...... It dipped below 100 finally, and I think we may have had a day in the 80s. So of course everyone got out their jeans and put those on.
But, no real plans, per se...

Marie-Claude Leroux said...

What great ways to get ready for fall! Fall is our favorite season - our youngest is obsessed with pumpkins, so fall means buying pumpkins, and making pumpkin treats.

Jen Farr said...

I just love fall! looks like you are having a great time. Thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party.