Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Bouquet of Newly Sharpened Pencils (Part 2)

Last week I came home to find a dream of mine had come true. This was waiting for me:

A bouquet of newly sharpened pencils a la my favorite line of You've Got Mail. You know the one...

"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to go buy school supplies. I'd send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address"

Oh that husband of mine. Isn't he dreamy?

Fall Fest

I've said it before, and I'll say it again-I was born for fall.

Autumn is when I feel most myself. Donned in sweaters and boots, with a slight chill in the air and a backdrop of mountain leaves sparking color like fire I am transformed to my best self. A woman quicker to smile, more confident and ready to take on the world. Something about this season, no, everything about this season just speaks to me-it's as if God created me specifically with the joys of Autumn in mind. I feel as if I am the ambassador for it, pleading the goodness it brings, the beauty that is found in a world of dying, crunchy leaves and protesting anything that attempts to get in it's way (I'm looking at you early Utah snowstorms...).

A little over the top? Perhaps that's just one of my more passionate sides that comes out during this beautiful season.

All of this is really just to say that when the Autumnal Equinox came calling this year, I was very prepared. Nate and I celebrated the occasion with our First (Annual) Rau Family Fall Festival. I was in my best form-printed menus and name cards lined our places at the table, decorations brightened our home, the Parmesan fondue was especially delicious and for some reason the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies were the best I'd ever had. Not just ever made, but ever had! In my entire life!

I'm telling you people-I really am at my peak in Autumn.