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Autumn Magic

It’s fleeting, autumn in Brisbane, but when it happens it always feels a little magic. I hone my eyes on trees these days like my life depends on it, watching for the first traces of gold and amber to spread over the green. I look for piles of fallen leaves big enough to jump in and when I find them, I holler out a Kids! Put on your boots and GET IN THE CAR so loud the kids three doors down jerk abruptly and wonder if they’re in trouble. I have cold weather bucket lists, you guys, and I’m here to tick them, okay? We’re deprived of seasons in this here town of ours so forgive me for freaking out a little at any glimpses of some. Ella thought we were going to a mountain and got very confused when I pulled up on the side of a very busy road 20 minutes from our house once I finally spotted some trees that were autumn enough to stop for.  “Out!” I shouted. “We’re here!”

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It did not disappoint.

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When the rest of the trees brown, I’m going to drag Joel there as well for some family leaf jumping and I will declare it a new annual tradition and he will love it.

A few more Small Happies today —

Nail painting. Always.

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Cafe dates with my girl. I so miss one-on-one time with her so I’m making efforts to make it a regular thing.

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Playing ‘shops’ with my boy – his latest favourite thing.

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He sold me an egg for $38 and then he tried to sell me some leaves.

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In the end, the only customer who put up with his prices was the cat.

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Autumn crafts.

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Also known as Rachel’s Home School.

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I swear I was a kindergarten teacher in a past life. I know I’m not normal, but when I watch them create and make, their fine motor skills developing and their imaginations firing off, I feel so satisfied as a human being.

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Late afternoon play time.

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Bare feet.

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Her writing. I love it so much.

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Poppers at the corner store.

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And lastly, face painting.

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We spent an hour in the bath afterwards.

Happy Autumn! Go bake a pie!

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