WHY FALL IS BETTER THAN SUMMER

Fall is here.

Okay, fall will officially be here in three weeks, but it's September and that's close enough.

 I've felt fall creeping in the past week, but it's been August and well, August is still very much summer and it felt a little premature to celebrate.

But now I can.

In my excitement over all things Autumn, I've compiled a list of why fall is better than summer. It should be noted that this list does not include pumpkin spiced anything, because it's just not my favorite. Sorry to disappoint you.

If you're still with me after that disclosure, here we go.




LESS SUNSCREEN

Don't fret- we still wear sunscreen when it's not summertime. It's just that cooler weather means long sleeves, and long sleeves mean less places to put sunscreen. It takes me ten minutes to get sunscreen on myself and three children before leaving the house. I'm very much looking forward to having less surface area to apply to.

MORE COOKING 

I cook year-round, but there's something about fall that just makes it more satisfying, both to cook and eat. It might be because it's cooler out, so turning on the oven doesn't make the house unbearably warm. I can't pinpoint the reason, but fall demands soups, pot pies, and lots of roasted veggies in a way the rest of the year doesn't, and I'm not complaining about it.

LESS DAYLIGHT

I'm not a vampire, and I do see the appeal of long summer nights, but I also have kids. Kids who fall asleep easier and stay sleeping longer when it's dark out. A little less sunlight fighting its way through their blackout shades come bedtime makes it easier on us all.

MORE STRUCTURE 

I'm laid back in a lot of ways, and I don't want to live each day by my planner, hour to hour, but I crave a little more structure than summer brings. Summer makes me feel like the week is wide open and I have to plan way too many activities. I like downtime, and in the midst of a slightly more structured week, I feel less guilty about occasionally just hanging out at home for fun.

MORE FESTIVENESS

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and it sort of kicks off the holiday season. Though, I'm not just talking about holidays here. It seems like people are so much more festive in the fall- friendlier, in higher spirits. Unless they're summer people. Even then, I'm sure they can find something to be happy about- pumpkin spice?

MORE FOOTBALL

Okay, this isn't so much for me as it is for my husband. And children, because it turns out they're all fans. I guess this indirectly translates into more free time for myself, which, I'll take.



An honorable mention goes to the thankful facebook posts that infiltrate my news feed every single day in November.

Just kidding.

Those can stay with the melted popsicles and hundred-degree temps of July.



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