When I think about Fall, I reflect back to my childhood growing up in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Beautifully colored Fall leaves of orange, red, yellow and brown and the wind whipping them off the trees. During Fall, we would visit the Franklin Cider Mill http://www.franklincidermill.com/ located at 7450 Franklin Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 just minutes away from my brother’s preschool, Franklin Christian Preschool. The apple orchard is where we would pick up bags of Michigan apples, apple cider and apple doughnuts. I can still remember how rustic the mill looked, how the hot doughnuts smelled and how happy it made us feel. This is the moment when I fell in love with Fall.
Fall is my favorite season. Growing up, it made me think of new beginnings. A new school year, new clothes, new school supplies, new friends and a new teacher. The days went from being long to short packed with so many things that the day wasn’t even long enough to hold. I have two brothers, Craig who is three years older than me and Chris who is five years younger. We were all involved in extra-curricular activities however, my older brother Craig’s events dominated everyone’s schedule. Fall meant FOOTBALL. He was the quarterback at West Bloomfield High School and being a freshman there while he was a senior felt great. Game days meant hanging out with friends, cheering loudly and sipping water based hot chocolate.
For me today, Fall is a little bit different. I no longer live in Michigan so I do not get to experience four seasons the way I did growing up. I currently live in Florida where in the Fall, I can still wear sandals and dresses without tights and scarves. Due to the lack of Fall occurring on the outside, I enjoy bringing Fall to the inside of our home. I enjoy decorating our home for Fall with a Fall inspired wreath for our door, Fall leaf garlands, Fall candle scents as well as small Fall accents sprinkled throughout our home. Decorating my home gets me in the mood for the holiday season and makes me so excited thinking of the many memories we will create.
Things I am looking forward to this Fall include…
- A new class! Instead of looking forward to a new teacher as I did throughout my childhood, I am thankful to have a new class this Fall. They are absolutely THE BEST CLASS I have experienced from the very beginning of the year in my 12 years of teaching. They have been easy to manage and are extremely bright so I am looking forward to a great year.
- Visiting the pumpkin patch for a hayride with friends
- Cooler weather to style clothes
- Finalizing my Fall décor in our home
- MY BIRTHDAY!!!
What are you looking forward to this Fall? Please share with me in the comments below. Do you have any memories that Fall brings each year? I would love to hear from you all! For my Michigan readers, have you ever visited the Franklin Cider Mill? What do you love most about it?
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