Thankful at Home: Fall Traditions

Today I have the honor of wrapping up the week of Thankful at Home blog tours that have been hosted by 25 amazing bloggers this past week.  It’s been such a fun blog hop reading what everyone is thankful for this year.  I’m grateful to be a part of such a gracious blogging community where we can all lean in and hear stories of all of our rich Thanksgiving traditions.  I wrote about my childhood Thanksgiving memories last year when I hosted my first Thanksgiving.  

Since I’ve already shown you my Fall home tour this year, I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you about one of my most favorite traditions of Fall. I like to call it “Trespass Around the Neighborhood and Take Pictures Day”!  When the fall leaves are at their absolute peak color, Garrett and I go for a long walk around the neighborhood together.  With my camera in hand, I spend a lot of time trying to get him to pose in front of the prettiest trees, and he spends a lot of time ignoring me and rooting up acorns.

acorn

We started this tradition when we purchased our home back in 2010.  G was just two years old at the time, but he rode this little red radio flyer tricycle everywhere that year. 

radio flyer
My dad gave him this trike as a birthday gift, and it was an instant hit.  He rode the rubber off the tires of this little red tricycle, scooting it with his feet until he learned how to pedal it.

in the yard

During our very first Fall photo shoot I snapped this picture of him riding his trike up the road, which turned into one of my most favorite photos of him of all time.  This photo shoot even inspired a blog cartoon titled “Adventures at the Mailbox“.

kid on his trike

The fall leaves in the background and that mischievous twinkle in his eye makes my heart melt.  From that moment forward I knew that we had to make documenting the changing of the leaves an annual tradition.  He was such a sweet little fellow back then, and to watch him change with each passing year’s photos is such a blessing.   It’s also a great time for me to stop and reflect on just how fast my son  is growing from this sweet two year old baby boy in 2010….

G in the leaves 2010

 To this rambunctious three year old in 2011… (Getting a decent photo that year seemed impossible, but my patience was finally rewarded.  All you mothers of three year old kids feel my pain, I’m sure. ) 

2011 fall pictures

To this freckle faced leaf peeper in 2012….

leaf peeper

And now to this handsome charming five year old in 2013. 

Garrett Fall Portraits 2013-9

Oh wait, let’s see the kid behind the leaf! There’s my boy.  Growing like a weed and getting funnier by the minute.  He cracks me up on a regular basis.  I’m so, SO thankful to call him my son. 

Garrett Fall Portraits 2013-16

Not only am I thankful for this tradition of documenting the fall leaves changing in our neighborhood each year, I’m also thankful to have a neighborhood this spectacular to serve as the stunning backdrop to my photo sessions. 

Garrett Fall Portraits

Even though we’ve been here four Falls already, there are still days when I drive up to my house and cannot believe that it’s really mine.   I look around at the beautiful piece of Earth that God has granted us to reside in for a while, and I whisper prayers of thankfulness.  I am beyond blessed to be able to call it my home.  I treasure these early years of Garrett’s life in this house, and I hope one day he looks back on these blog entries with fond childhood memories.

house in the fall leaves

I’m thankful for my home, and I’m thankful for all of you awesome readers who come to my blog to read about it.  I hope it continues to be a place for us to gather and inspire one another. Get out there with your cameras and start shooting those fall leaves each year.  It’s so fun to go back year after year and see which trees are what color.   I like to keep a little journal with the date that the leaves are at peek to see if I can find any rhyme or reason to their timing.  So far, it’s anytime between late October to Thanksgiving for peak leaf season here in central Alabama. 

Please be sure to visit all of the wonderful blogs on the Thankful at Home tour this week to see their gorgeous Thanksgiving and Holiday projects.

Be super blessed, friends!

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Monday:
Savvy Southern Style
Finding Home
Lilacs & Longhorns
The Inspired Room
The Crafty Woman
Tuesday:
Stone Gable
Debbiedoos
What Meegan Makes
Maison de Pax
Confessions of a Plate Addict
Wednesday:
Thistlewood Farm
Eclectically Vintage
My Soulful Home
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Southern Hospitality
Thursday:
The Lilypad Cottage
A Little Claireification
Fresh Idea Studio
Pennywise
The Rustic Pig

Friday:
Housepitality Designs
Mom4Real
Country Design Style
The Everyday Home
Unskinny Boppy

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  1. Oh Beth….this post is so incredible. It is the simple things in life, like taking that traditional walk through our beautiful neighborhood just enjoying the leaves and each other that count. I can tell your son has a very kind and spirited heart like his mom!….Thank you for taking us along on your walk and inspiring us today….I have truly enjoyed this party and being a part of such a wonderful group of inspiring and talented people as you. Have a wonderful weekend Beth!

  2. Beth, you’ll be so glad you have all of those pictures. My boys are 21 and 24…I wouldn’t trade the pictures for anything.

  3. Beth, What a darling little boy! Thanks for sharing his preciousness with us over the last few years! I LOVE the idea of your picture taking tradition! You really have an artistic eye and a delightful subject! I think this is my favorite Thanksgiving tradition that I’ve seen this year!

    • Aww, Yvonne thank you SO much! I’m big on photos as traditions. I have ones of him on the front steps on the first day of school each year, and of course the annual photo in front of the Christmas tree! :) Photos are living memories, and I’m thankful we have blogs to document them all. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  4. What beautiful children and photos! I am so glad I stumbled on your blog! Maybe we can work together in the future. I can’t wait to check out the Thankful at Home posts!

  5. Beth, he is too darn cute! Great photos and have a wonderful weekend!

  6. What a wonderful tradition, and great photos! And I’m sure he’ll look back at old blog posts and love the memories (and be embarrassed by some, but that’s life!)

  7. Oh, Beth, thank you so much for putting this smile on my face and in my heart. Children, Fall, and our Southern traditions… reasons to give thanks, indeed.

  8. Beth, I love your fall tradition! I wish I would have thought of it. My kids are now 8 and 11 and the years are just going by so fast. It’s getting harder and harder to get pictures of them…especially together. No one wants to be in a picture with their sibling! lol
    Thank you so much for agreeing to be a part of this tour and for being the “anchor” and wrapping it all up for us. Your post was total perfection!
    I’m just thrilled that we did this and have felt so inspired and filled with gratitude this week. Its’ been wonderful “meeting” all of the different bloggers and reading their stories.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  9. Gay Boston says:

    LOVE this post! I’m so glad you are smart enough to enjoy this time, and to capture Garrett’s childhood so well in your photographs. I think I first saw your blog when I clicked (somewhere in blogland) on your “viral” Christmas tree & son photo. I’ve followed along ever since. I think I see more photos of your son than of my grandkids! It’s wonderful that you appreciate all your blessings, and that you so generously share them with us. Thank you!

  10. Beth, this is a wonderful story and stunning pictures. My son is now 38 years old with a son of his own. When I look back to the few years with him it surprises my just how short the time was with him. He moved out on his own at 18. Being my only, I just had the 18 years of raising him. I have pictures, usually using a disposable camera, but I treasure every out of focus, faded color, head cut off, and bad lighting one of them. Wonderful tradition. Happy Thanksgiving! ~Jeanette

  11. Such precious photos! Not much color here in coastal Alabama, but it’s coming soon! We usually “fall” things up by Thanksgiving.

  12. Fabulous photos- and your little one is just adorable! Thanks for sharing your beautiful Fall afternoon with us!

  13. Oh Beth…Garrett is beyond adorable at any age. He looks like you, don’t u think? Your home is so lovely & the land surrounding it stunning with the fall colors. Thank you of reshaping with us…

  14. If I communicated I could thank you enough for this, I’d be lying.

  15. It’s spooky how clever some ppl are. Thanks!

  16. A good many valuables you’ve given me.

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