It's mid November. And it's full on winter. I know we had autumn... I remember the leaves. I remember admiring them as I drove past them every day, vowing to take photos of each and every tree. And I remember noticing one day that the leaves had turned brown, and most of them were blowing across the road and collecting in ditches. The gallery of photos I imagined never came to be. I remember the first frost, and the panic when I realised that Halloween was two days away and we hadn't bought any candy yet. I know there was a Thanksgiving dinner. But it all seems to have passed in the blink of an eye.
And that makes me feel all panicky inside. I've tried to be more intentional with my camera, but sometimes there doesn't seem to be anything worth capturing. Day to day life is usually pretty ordinary. And then I remember that it's not just about the events...the birthdays, the holidays, the family outings, the sporting events...it's also about the routines that make up our days and weeks. These ordinary, mundane things make up a large part of our lives, and they deserve a spot in our memory keeping too. Even if it means a quick shot with a cell phone because the real camera isn't handy.
Waiting at the train station for our girl that commutes to the city for school. Packing lunches and making dinner. A Trader Joe's surprise after hubby's trip stateside. The dropping price of gas, and a weekly Costco trip. Homework and traffic. Sunset by 5pm, and discovering a new tea shop.
More food. Eating is a big part of the story, after all. If you've never made smashed potatoes, you need to. SO good. And leftover fried rice is the tastiest way to clean out the fridge. Early morning baking, and loading the dishwasher. Seasonal coffee cups and dogs in sweaters. Frosted Flakes for lunch, because no one was around to see me eating it. Hockey games and the first snowfall of the season.
I did manage to get a few photos on Halloween. Do you like how the towel matches the pumpkins perfectly?
We created a Halloween window display like the one we made last year.
There were a couple of birthday's. One of the birthday boys wanted steak dinner and fudge instead of cake. The other one chose taco night for his celebration.
The kids put their Christmas tree up over the weekend. Now the pressure is on to get a few more Christmas decorations up around the house.
Yesterday we had the first snowfall of the season.
Which meant homemade hot chocolate.
And tonight it's snowing, again.