Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wordful Wednesday: Well, Hello, Fall.

It's official: fall has arrived, and with it, the wet weather that Vancouver is famous for.  Summer gave us one last hurrah on Saturday, but Sunday brought buckets of rain and a cool, crisp breeze that decided to set up camp and has been hanging around ever since.  I felt that old familiar damp chill in my bones that I still haven't gotten entirely used to, though I have now lived on the West Coast for 14 years.

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of summer.  But it's not all doom and gloom, this autumn thing.  It has its redeeming qualities.  Like visits to the pumpkin patch, steamed soy milk with caramel drizzled on top, and Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings.  And cranberry apple crisp and falling leaves and cozy sweaters.  Hey, this list could go on forever, now that I'm on a roll.

Sometimes, when the rain has been falling for what feels like months on end, it can be rather depressing.  My first winter in Vancouver was a doozy, and I spent a disproportionate amount of time in my bed.  But that was back in my student days when I had the luxury of a whole lot of free time.  Obviously things are a little different now.  Besides, Lilah has made me see the good in rainy days.  Such is her power over me. 

You see, the rain isn't all bad.  With it comes puddle jumping,

And gorgeous blond curls that turn to ringlets-on-steroids in the damp weather,  

And random trampolines that magically appear in our courtyard for the sole purpose of amusing the little ones.

(Okay, not strictly fall-related, but I couldn't resist.)

Also: an adorable ladybug umbrella which of course the independent two-year-old insists on carrying herself, though she finds it unruly and it smacks her in the head from time to time.  (I'll get a picture of her carrying it one of these days. Promise.)  It is quite the sight, and I have heard many a chuckle escape from the lips of passersby upon watching her struggle with it.

Tell me something good about fall weather and/or rain - I need to stock up on positives to see me through till next spring!

and then, she {snapped}Live and Love...Out Loud



  1. Those rain boots are adorable on her. I love summer, but like you I love the redeeming qualities of fall!

  2. I'm such a summer girl too :)
    Beautiful pictures!

  3. I live in the PNW so I LOVE the summer when it arrives (of course this year pretty much sucked) but there is something about watching the kids in the rain that makes the fall okay some how!

  4. @BarbaraOn sale at Old Navy last spring. ;) By spring I'll be feeling like I just need to hold on few more weeks for some Vitamin D, but for now, I'm alright with the rain.

  5. @Hopes@Staying Afloat!As long as it doesn't last forever, I'm okay with it too. I definitely enjoy it more now that I have a kid to jump in puddles with!

  6. @SusanSo I'm not the only one! :)

  7. she's gorgeous!
    your daughter and my daughter have the same hair stylist I think. Does anyone stop and touch her curls too?

  8. Oh I love her curls. She makes me think of Goldilocks, just like RoryBore's daughter does. We don't get fall over here in Malaysia but we do get a fair amount of rainfall. Puddles are so much fun!
    Thanks for linking up Amanda! And Happy Fall!

  9. @RoryBorePeople comment on them all the time, but no random strangers have yet attempted to touch her curls. I'm not sure she'd let them!

  10. Love those curls!
    I live in the tropics so no fall for us over here but we do get ample rain the whole year. But I love the FALL! We spent it last year in Kansas/Florida and it was the best ever :))

  11. No more sunburn. No more tourists wandering down the middle of the road. The fishing is better. Less time washing the car. Ditching kiddies at the state-run Prison For Children most days from 8:15 to 2:45. The corn maze is open. Watching Uncle D go golfing on Christmas Day. Laughing at all the crazy locals with no snow tires, and also at the handful who do have snow tires but still drive like Bambi on a frozen pond. The line-up to do doughnuts at the bus parking on a rare snow day. That one day in February when the rain stops and the sun comes out and you can take the boat out in a t-shirt. Little kids in bright yellow wellies with umbrellas bigger than they are.

  12. Well, I love fall fashion. Knee-high boots, fabulous scarves, cute hats. I love having an excuse to visit friends at coffee shops (chilly fall weather being one of the many). I love summer too, but there's just something about the fall. The glorious colours. Everything looks so healthy and new coated with fresh rain. And people get a little more snuggly in the cooler weather. :)

  13. I absolutely LOVE the profile shot. Those curls are to die for and very photo-worthy. I love her boots, too. I feel you and your apprehension about the end of summer--I dread the impending cold--but with kids, we just have to make the best of it. Let's remind each other of that all winter long ;)

    Thanks for sharing this with us at Rub Some Dirt On It!


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