Autumn is here! The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and the spirit of all things fall surrounds us. The warmth of my thick, cozy sweater, the scent of the leaves as they crunch beneath my boots...it's nostalgic for me in many ways. As a child growing up in Texas, fall was the first sign that yes, finally there was a glimmer of hope that relief from the thick humidity and the sweltering heat was in the near future. As a teenager living in Vermont, it meant winter was on it's way - the air was brisk, the leaves were absolutely breathtaking, and we sat by the fireplace sipping hot apple cider and munching on spiced cider donuts, wondering if the first snowfall would hold off until after Halloween. As an adult living in North Carolina, I can't wait for my first sip of a Pumpkin Spice Latte (from Starbucks!), for that first trip to the pumpkin patch with the family where Mackenzie will pick out the perfect little pumpkin family to represent us, that first bonfire in the back yard, raking leaves up in the yard with the family and coming in at the end of a long day with our cheeks rosy, our noses cold and fresh apple bread right for the oven waiting for us...and memories of meeting my husband -how the first time our eyes met, there was a connection like I can't describe...and we spent all night talking, dancing, laughing...how I had to tell him to take me on our first date because he was too shy to ask me out, and how I haven't gone a day without him by my side since. And then of course, there's the decorations... the ones that kick off the season and inspire me to begin all of these wonderful traditions - and reminisce of memories from the past, enjoy the ones of the present and look forward to many in the future. I would like to share with you some of the pumpkin decor that inspired me this season...I hope you enjoy.