I have this intense feeling of needing to organize, catalog and minimize the things in my home. I just have this feeling that winter is going to be really long and cold and that I’m just going to want to be snug as a bug in a rug in my little cozy, lovely home. I want to make it just that, cozy and organized, an enjoyable place to be close to those I love. I know it’s barely Fall. I’ve already gotten Halloween candy, but haven’t gotten Halloween costumes. The leaves are still on the trees, although showing some signs of turning. The temperature has dipped and risen up again. I’m burning a carmel apple candle.

I love living somewhere with seasons. I grew up in Florida where it’s hot hot hot pretty much all year. I remember it hailed once. I heard rumors of snow once, a few years before I was born. I remember not understanding those garbage bags they sell that are made to look like pumpkins. Now I get that you’re supposed to fill them with leaves.

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The seasons are so amazing. I love Spring and Fall. I love Winter and Summer when I’m in the opposite season and sporadically when I’m in that season. The fall leaves and the spring flowers are just not something you see in South Florida. I love the feeling I get with the changing seasons. They are a chance to start new, both mentally and physically. The warm weather is a chance to renew commitments to exercise and the cool weather heralds the return of a wardrobe I haven’t seen in half a year or so.

The thought of snow excites me. The kids will be old enough to sled this year. Starting last year, I made boxes for each season and holiday. I filled them with our seasonal books and our small decorations and made a bigger deal out of the seasons and holidays now that the kids are getting older. I love going to pick out pumpkins and carving them together. I love trick or treating. I am just in love with Fall.

However, I think I am still traumatized by the October 2011 snowstorm where we lost power for over a week. It was just a nightmare. We were totally unprepared both mentally and physically. I’m not sure why I feel like buying an entryway table and putting the girls’ hats in individual wicker baskets will make me prepared for a long winter, but it just does. I’ve also started wrapping Christmas presents. What is with me?! If I was pregnant, I think I’d put money on going into labor soon. This feels so much like nesting!

What are your favorite things to do around the house to get ready for Fall and Winter? What seasonal traditions do you have with your kids?

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