we arrived home to the city yesterday from several days spent in beautiful utah with my family. it was an incredible few days of family time, with lots of catching up, lots of eating (it’s what we do best!) and lots of time outdoors in some unbelievable colors as autumn is just wrapping up her peak season right now. it felt extra meaningful to be back at my parents home, and in their beautiful yard on the side of the mountain where i grew up. just a month ago, my parents and their entire community were evacuated for 10 days from their homes as a scary fire threatened the entire neighborhood as it kept climbing down the mountain that my childhood home sits on. experiencing all the beauty that is autumn there last week, while looking up at the top of the mountain and seeing so many bare and darkened trees from the fire, made everything feel extra special. i am so thankful for the people that came from near and far to fight that fire, and that no homes or lives were taken by it.
during our last evening in utah, the kids played in a big pile of leaves that they had raked up (with a little help from josh) during the past few days they’d been there. i told them about how each year around this time when i was their age, my sister hannah and i would have to rake the leaves into big piles before the snowstorms came and before my dad would haul all the leaves away, we’d blast the soundtrack of les miserables or cats (we are broadway girls at heart!) and dance and play in it to all the music. it’s a really special memory and it was a little bit surreal watching my kids run and jump in piles of leaves just like the ones that we would often pile up in spots just a few feet away from theirs so many years ago.
the sun was insanely beautiful as they jumped into the leaves and it was a moment where i was thankful i had the camera on me. some of my favorite photos below…
gosh, october. you sure are freaking magical. and you aren’t so bad yourself, utah. i have a feeling my kids are going to remember this moment for a good long while to come. i know i will.