It was so beautiful today. Even though it was a school night we headed out to park to let the girls run and play. In southern Illinois you never know when the ‘last’ nice day will be, so we try to take advantage of each one. Before we know it there will be a foot a snow out there and that means we will be stuck indoors more. There are several parks very close to where we live. We decided to go to one of the more established and older parks that have large trees that are always full of color. I spread out an old blanket I store in the trunk of my car and let the girls run around, pick flowers and play in what may be the last drop of warm sunlight for the year.
Southern Illinois has very unpredictable weather, especially in the fall and spring months. Take for instance in the past week, we have had temps that have spanned from 32F up to almost 80F. Last Tuesday it was so cold and rainy, all I wanted to do was to snuggle up on the couch, and drink hot cocoa. Wednesday was so warm, I went to pick up the kids in a tank, and flip-flops. The weather was so incredible that I wished it would hang around for at least one more day…but…it didn’t. Thursday we had torrential rain. All day it rained, and in the evening, we even had the threat of tornadoes. Halloween had been officially cancelled for the 31st. We stayed at home and tried to watch ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)’, but between the weather updates, and tornado siren going off, we finally gave up. The next day mother nature thanked our patience by giving us a warm, and very sunny November 1st. By late afternoon the sun was so warm and glowing that we couldn’t have asked for anything better. The adults started off the evening with some Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale, we walked up and down the neighborhood as the kiddo’s gathered as much candy as their little pumpkin buckets could hold. We had so much fun and the leaves looked as if they were on fire. The glow of orange and red lit up the evening. We gathered friends and neighbors along the way and headed home to little pit fire in the backyard. The kids had fresh apple spice cakes and cider, and toasted smores as they warmed their toes. All of us had a good time, we hope to continue the Halloween after-party next year.