Tuesday, October 11, 2011

all things orange



James and I decided that from now on, we are going to make a true effort to set holiday traditions because we have both experienced one too many Halloweens, Thanksgivings, and Christmas', that crept up on us before we could even enjoy them. We were reminiscing how, when we were kids, the holiday season was more enjoyable, and it was because of the traditions our parents set at home and the activities we did in school. But mainly, it was because we were kids and I think kids are much better at finding and holding onto joy. So, this week James, Claire, and I did some simple planning, like making a Halloween station on Pandora Radio, buying and making Halloween decorations, making an effort to come up with a good Halloween costume, and, doing what the Alexander's do best, eating delicious treats. Today I made the best butternut squash soup ever. The recipe doesn't normally call for it, but we added sour cream and bacon pieces to it, and it was the perfect salty contrast to the sweet taste of butternut squash. Dinner was followed by homemade pumpkin rolls that were so delicious. And finally, we put our decorations up and got to enjoy our new jack-o-lanters! I am so excited to share such a wonderful time with my baby girl. I can't wait for her to get old enough to recognize and enjoy how special times like these are. What are your favorite holiday traditions?

5 comments:

The Winns said...

Oh my goodness - those pumpkin rolls look amazing! I love all the great treats that come with fall! :)

Sarah said...

Rinda, stop being so awesome at cooking.. I really want to try that soup!!

I think traditions are so important, and even now that I'm older and when we don't do things like I did when I was a kid it pisses me off.

I loved it when I would get home from school and my Mom had the Halloween tubs out and she would let me hang the decorations where I wanted to. I also love planning a costume, even now that I don't even go anywhere I feel like it's necessary to dress up. I'm glad you guys are starting your own traditions. It's cute.

Kylie said...

yummy. i want some!

April said...

Rinda, I love you more with every blog post. I wish that we were neighbors! I totally believe in living up the holiday traditions! The best part is..holidays get WAY more fun when you have kids. Your little family is going to be such a blast.

Rinda said...

sarah, I too totally loved it when my mom would get out the decorations and have us put them somewhere.