By: Meghan Cochran

Leaves crunching underfoot. Tart Mac apples that make your mouth pucker and your eyes do the sour squint! Pumpkin…everything! Ice cream, coffee, donuts, pie, and my favorite...beer...with the cinnamon sugar rimmed glasses, no less! Does the thought of fall give you happy goosebumps, make you want to wear cozy flannel, and snuggle under a blanket in front of a fire while drinking apple cider and rum?! Um yeah, me too.

I know it’s only the beginning of September, and the leaves are just barely starting to change color, but the excitement that fall brings is building quickly! Maybe it’s the fact that my daughter will be turning one in a few short weeks, which inevitably means her father and I will get to go trick or treating for the first time since 8th grade. Or maybe it’s the fact that the sun is setting earlier and earlier, and with that my daughter will be going to bed earlier and earlier. Truth be told, I haven’t been this excited since *NSync got back together!

This fall, I vow to stock up on candy corn and get a new wreath and carve pumpkins and go on a hayride and go apple picking and tell super scary stories and…hold up, I’m getting ahead of myself. I just remembered that it’s going to be 80 and sunny today...be right back, I’m going to the beach!