Fallback Friday

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Friday.  This fall, on some Fridays, I will post some old photos of fall and some of what we were doing for Fallback Friday.  This may be in lieu of Throwback Thursdays some weeks.

Today’s photos are of Ian in the fall of 2011 exploring a few things we found in the yard and of the pretty leaves as they had changed, also in 2011.

fallback2As I have mentioned before, there are so many things that I love about fall.  Here are a few:

  • Warm and fuzzy socks
  • Pumpkin bread
  • Homemade soup
  • Baking breads and cookies
  • Sitting under a soft blanket
  • S’mores
  • Football games
  • Pulling out a favorite sweater from the back of the closet
  • Telling stories around a campfire
  • A chill in the air
  • Trick or treating
  • Celebrating birthdays and our anniversary
  • Walks in the evening
  • Pecan pie, apple pie, blackberry cobbler
  • Brilliant reds and yellows of nature
  • Raking leaves and then jumping in them
  • A hot cup of tea while reading a great book
  • The time change with a longer evening
  • Fall break

I also like the extra time we have inside as a family since the days are shorter, and the opportunity to use my inside exercise equipment as well as enjoy some outside exercise that is not so humid and sweaty. With all of the treats I enjoy at this time of year, I have to be sure and balance them with exercise.

I wonder what fun adventures we will have this fall?  I know there will be plenty and they will be great!

Happy 4th of July!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHope you are having a wonderful 4th of July.

I am looking forward to a nice and relaxing weekend.  There will be a lot of fun times with family to be had and that is great!

This afternoon, we will grill out hamburgers and hot dogs with my parents and niece and then make s’mores!  YUMMY!

Tomorrow night is dinner out with my husband’s brother and his wife.  Then Saturday will be swimming at the community pool with my brother and his wife and kids and then eating at the favorite pizza place in town.

Lots of food, fun, talking, and lazy time!  Sounds like a great weekend to me.

Here is my photo too for the Photo-A-Day challenge.  Today is Red, White, or Blue and I decided to go with all three — Red, White, and Blue.

Ian is holding his new American flag.  You can barely see his sweet grin out from under the bottom of the flag.

We have talked about the meaning of the stars and stripes and this morning read a book about the year 1776 and how different the United States was.  I thought it was important for him to know some of history of today.

Hope you have a wonderful Independence Day!

Here are a few quotes about our country’s birthdate:

  • “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”  ~Elmer Davis
  • “Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • “Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.”  ~Louis D. Brandeis
  • “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”  ~Erma Bombeck