Crisp Leaves, Cool Air & Chili Cooking

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Those are the sure signs that fall is in the air.  Well those and candy corn.  It just wouldn’t be fall without candy corn.  We’re all addicted.  And yes, I will admit I just bought our third bag of it already this fall.

Don’t judge me.  It’s delicious.  You can’t deny it.

The weather in Atlanta has finally dipped below 90 degrees.  The windows have been open all weekend with a nice breeze blowing through them.  The leaves are changing colors and falling into the yard.  I’m trying to ignore the fact that they will need to be raked soon and instead I am trying to enjoy the beauty they bring.

The boys were so excited yesterday when I brought our our Halloween decorations.  We have pumpkins and ghosts all over our house right now.  The colors are hideous and bright and orange does not match any part of our decor, but we are loving it.



We not only decorated inside, but we’ve decorated outside as well.  A few years ago Jim bought one of those huge Halloween snow globe yard blowups at 75% off or something ridiculous.  He knew I hated them.  I thought they looked cheesy and silly sitting in people’s front yards.  I told him that I refused to ever have one  in our yard.  I didn’t want to be a typical suburban family. I wouldn’t have it.

And now here we are two years later.  And we are exactly that…..  your typical suburban family.  And I’m embracing it.  Embracing it to the point that we were the first (yes, first!) in the neighborhood to put our Halloween blow up out.



It’s funny how life changes.  I used to think that I would never own a minivan or a yard blow up and here I am.  I own both.  But seriously.  I mean seriously.  How can you deny smiles like this?




The weekend was filled with family fun and yummy food.  We made some yummy candy corn bark (thanks to the recipe at A Beautiful Mess – others love candy corn just as much as us!).

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Yes, the kids did run in circles chasing each other for an hour or so after they had a taste of this.  Pure sugar and sweetness.  And there is nothing like hearing Owen running over to the candy dish saying “Andee Orn?  Andee Orn?? Peese!”

All day yesterday we had chili cooking on the stove and football on TV.  Jim is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan and since I don’t care much about football it works out nicely that our neighbor is also a huge Eagle’s fan.  This way Jim has someone to talk football with who actually cares about what he’s saying.  I mean, not that I don’t care.  Or that I don’t listen.  Oh.  You get the point.

But while I am not a big football fan I do wish we all had more Eagle attire to wear during games.  The boys have both outgrown all Eagle wear and I’m not sure mommy has ever even owned anything Eagles.  And daddy?  Well poor daddy has a couple of old ratty t-shirts that really shouldn’t be worn outside of the house.  I think we’ll have to invest in some new family gear this season.

What did YOU do this weekend?  Did you enjoy the fall weather and candy corn?

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  1. You know how much I love candy corn. I actually HEART all holidays too. ALL OF THEM! Well, maybe not St Patrick’s Day so much. But love the rest. And although I haven’t caved to the giant blowups yet, it’s only a matter of time. Ah, the joys of parenthood.

  2. Oh, this inspires me to pull out our fall decor! I made an apple crisp today to use up the last of the apples from our orchard trip…but I think the candy corn bark looks so yummy and festive, I’ll have to give that a try, too!

  3. Love it! Isn’t funny how parenthood changes us?! I never wanted to be a mini-van driver either, but here I am. And we’re just one doe-eyed, “Please, Papa?” away from one of those blow-ups ourselves!!!

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      I couldn’t agree more. I used to say “NEVER EVER will I own a minivan. Why would anyone ever drive one of them? Just get an SUV. So much cooler!!” and now here I am actively recruiting other parents to drive minivans. They are what I consider cool now 😉 Post a pic when you get your first yard blow-up!

  4. Love it 🙂 beautiful pictures!

  5. How fun! I know exactly what you mean about the blow up stuff, but my Mother-in-Law insist that we put them up and buys them for us…

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      Haha!! They are definitely growing on me and even agreed that we may have to buy one for Christmas…. But I draw the line at only having one in the yard at a time. I won’t have more than that. Or… at least I don’t think I will. Check again at Christmas and we’ll see how many I cave in and buy 😉

  6. Great photos! And I love that Halloween candy is almost here (almost as in almost in my house – can’t buy it now or I’ll make myself sick before Halloween :).

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      I’m hoping that the candy corn cravings wear off soon. I have to get tired of them at some point right?!


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