Whoever wrote the Christmas song that goes, "It's the most wonderful time of the year...." got it all wrong, in my humble opinion. Fall is the absolute best season of the year here in the South. It is cool at night and in the mornings, but we've spent every single minute of our time in the afternoons outside lately.
The girls still insist on wearing their flip flops instead of "real" shoes, so I foresee having to hide them one day soon to put an end to that.... just like I did with Ella's precious crocs late last fall. Then perhaps with jackets and tennis shoes we could expand our outside time to include the mornings as well.... (Mommy's doing the happy dance!!)
I think the girls are going to love fall as much as I do. A neighbor gave us these huge pumpkins, and thankfully Pop Dickie was able to help us get them onto the front porch. Ella's been telling the little girls all about our fall traditions, so we'll still have to take Maggie, Kate, and Sarah to a "punkin' patch" before the end of the month, but we've got plenty of people who are ready to go with us.... should be lots more action than last year's trip even though we'll miss Scott this go around.
Speaking of Scott, last night the girls opened a wonderful surprise that came in the mail yesterday. Scott took the time while in Kuwait on his way to Iraq to stop by the USO and record himself reading 2 books on DVD for the girls. The folks from the USO put the DVD and both the books he read into a package and mailed them to us. The girls were so excited to see their Daddy on the screen that they were kissing his image while he was reading away. Then they all started chanting, "I want to see my Daddy real!" I recorded their reactions to seeing the video for the first time and sent a link to Scott. Through all their excitement, and the many times we've watched the video, I don't think they've heard a word he's said, but it's enough to hear the sound of his voice. We're hoping he'll find the time and a couple more children's books to do this again soon!
Thank you Scott for still making the girls and I a priority while you are what feels like zillions of miles away! We love and miss you!!!!