In the Fall, I say a sweet goodbye to the carefree days of summer and my life becomes busy again. The kids begin a new school year, a new soccer team, a new grade. They have homework, school projects, practice, fundraisers. I have parent meetings, volunteer commitments, school conferences. The lazy days of summer are behind us and the life of schedules, structure and routine is in full swing again.
I find it a constant balancing act between the have to and the want to. Family time and fun time become things I must purposefully schedule in. One of the ways I do that is by creating traditions. Fall traditions that we do together as a family year after year, making time for each other during this busy season in our life.
Apple Hill and Bishops Pumpkin Farm have become two of our most cherished Fall traditions. We go away for the day, enjoy the outdoors, spend time together, and celebrate being a family. We come home with happy hearts and full bellies remembering who we are and what is most important in every season, each other.
Here is one of our favorite Fall indulgences that we always remember to bring back with us:
until caramel reaches 245 on a candy thermometer.