A Simple Autumn 2014

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This time of year is my favorite. I love fall! We celebrate two of my favorite holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving, and there’s a special family birthday (extra special this year as my oldest becomes a teenager!)

Plus the autumn world with all of its vibrant hues and natural coziness is one of the most beautiful, don’t you think?

This year I decided to organize all of our fall related posts in one place, making it easy for Simple Kids visitors to celebrate a simple autumn with us.

I’ll update this post throughout the season, so check back often for fall inspiration!

A Simple Autumn 2014

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Do you have a favorite simple autumn themed post of your own to share? Leave a comment below with a link back to your site so that others can check it out, too.

A Hot Apple Cider Recipe

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In our neck of the woods, October has decided to start to show off.  Autumn so far has been gorgeous! Even the rainy days have had a certain coziness to them, as the rain adds a happy drip-drip-drop rhythm to our days.

My middle two kids, ages 6 and 8, seem to be especially impressed by the changing of the seasons this year and their enthusiasm is a nice reminder to slow down and take some time to observe this time of year through a child’s eyes.

As a family we’ve had a lot of fun going on nature walks, driving in the country, baking cookies, and doing activities like picking pumpkins from Grandpa’s pumpkin patch and we’ve gotten started making Halloween decorations together.

Springtime is magical, yes, but there’s something pretty special about Autumn, too.  If only all transitions could be as beautiful and smooth, right?  There’s a lot to learn from the way the natural world puts itself to bed this time of year and we have some favorite seasonal traditions.

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A Simple Autumn: The Sights, Sounds, Smells, and Tastes of Fall

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Last week I mentioned I want my family  to experience this time of year, not just as dates on the calendar, but as an opportunity to use all of our senses to really savor the season.

I thought it would be fun to list some of the different ways we can experience the sights, sounds, smells, textures, and tastes of Autumn with our kids.

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What Does Autumn LOOK Like?

The hallmark of Autumn is the changing colors of the leaves, of course.  This provides opportunities to create leaf rubbings and other leaf related crafts. We can rake leaves together, which naturally leads to jumping in leaf piles!

Yesterday, we made a map of our backyard. The kids and I have been talking about the trees in our yard and what they look like now versus what they looked like a few short weeks ago.  We wonder what they will look like in the Winter time.

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Daybook, September 30

World's Fair Park | Knoxville, TN | SimpleKids.netWorld’s Fair Park, Knoxville, TN – September 2014

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Outside my window … that the last time I wrote a daybook entry it ended up being the final post I as able to write for almost two months. Still, I’m committed to bringing back more simple blogging to this space, so I’m writing another daybook entry (and holding my breath it won’t be the last thing you see here for months).

I am thinking … that the summer passed to quickly, but for me that was a good thing. I’m ready for autumn and cozy and the slower pace that this season usually brings.

I am thankful … that my husband has a good job and for the sabbatical he was able to take this month. We all needed it after a very rocky year. I feel like this time renewed our family.

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Come follow, follow us to … the World’s Largest Roadside Attractions (South Eastern US)

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The month of September was a month of travel for our family. We celebrated my husband’s 40th birthday at Walt Disney World (perfect for those eternally young, right?) While we were there, we took a dip (and a spin!) in our favorite large teacups. There’s a theme going on here, do you see it? That’s right, the Fleck family decided to GO BIG!

As we traveled to and from Orlando, Florida we thought it would be fun to make a field trip out of seeing some of the world’s largest roadside attractions. After all, we do live in the town that is home to the World’s Largest Pink Martini Drinking Elephant, so roadside attractions are kind of our favorite kitschy travel experience.

Bastille Day 2014 | Pinkky the Elephant | SimpleKids.netPinky, all dressed up and presiding over Indiana Bastille Day 2014

We used the Roadside America app and some tips from Simple Kids readers on the facebook page to help us navigate our BIG time adventures.

*Note: there were a few times when we could not locate the items the app directed us to (World’s Largest Rubber Duck and the Goldfish Cracker in Jacksonville, Florida, I’m looking at you) so just keep in mind that you may end up on a wild goose chase, but we have found that the journey is usually worth it, even if you don’t find exactly what you are looking for.

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