Here in Oklahoma we don't generally get really nice (in the 70's and sunshine) weather in September. I remember one year that it was over 110 for 11 days in a row! But the past few days have been absolutely glorious. Autumn is my favorite time of year. The cool breeze making the drying leaves crackle...the sun seems brighter than any other time of year...football and harvest and baking. I could go on and on. God must have been smiling down at us when he gave all three of our kids Autumn birthdays (September, October, November). This weekend we had Taevy's family b-day party. It was nothing fancy but it was all about what she wanted. So she asked for Grandma B.'s Chicken Alfredo and store bought cakes (red velvet and carrot). She also chose the activity, which was decorating pumpkins with brads, stickers, and glitter glue (not to self--glitter glue doesn't stick to pumpkins after it dries). She received wonderful gifts from those that love her and has been obessed with playing with each and every thing today.
The biggest hit gift-wise was our gift--we purchased two "Webkinz" for her. If you haven't heard of these yet and have a child over 5 years old--get ready--they're coming. Taevy has been asking for one for around 6 months. I fought it for all I could, assuming they would be stupid and expensive. I told her we couldn't afford them and that "maybe" for Christmas it could be a special gift. The first thing she said when she opened them was "Mom! They cost too much! How did you get the money!" Actually they are between $12 and $20 most of the time. The big deal is that there is a secret code that you use to get into Webkinz Land on the internet. From there you take care of your animal (feed, water, bath, put to bed, play, etc.), buy stuff for it's little room, chat with it, etc. Okay--so the kids are learning about caretaking--not so bad.