In our very first home together, which was an old apartment, there was a real wood-burning fire place. I didn't love much about that apartment, but I loved that fire place. I waited and waited every year for the temperatures to drop so that we could make our first fire of the season. I always looked forward to cozy nights by the fire…. there is nothing like the smell and sound of a crackling fire. When fall finally came,
Eventually, we got the idea to roast marshmallows over the fire and make s'mores. We did this too many times to count (which is probably why I gained 10 pounds in our first year of marriage, that and the chicken pot pies he loved for me to cook), and it quickly became a tradition of ours - fall s'mores over our little fire in the living room. Looking back, I should have loved that apartment and soaked up every minute there, because it was our starting point, and where so many memories were created. That's what I love about the past…. all the feelings it brings out when you think back on it, and it makes you really appreciate things you once looked over.
When we bought our house, I was disappointed to find out that it had a gas fireplace instead of a real wood burning one. Chris must have been pretty bummed too because not long after we moved in, he brought up the idea of putting a fire pit in the backyard. I loved the thought of having a big fire pit in our yard - a place where we could hang out with each other and friends... soaking up the season. So the fire pit became one of the first things on our house project list. It was finished just in time for fall, and all those fall feels came along with it. Five years later, we are still spending fall evenings by our fire and roasting marshmallows together. It's a feeling that takes me back to our first home, our new home, and the all the cozy feels that fall brings.
Photos | Catherine Truman
Do you have any fall traditions with a loved one, or something that gives you all the fall feels? I'd love to hear!