And not just because I get to bring my scarves back out... I love the crisp sunny days, the leaves crackling underfoot, that fall smell which has nothing to do with anything "pumpkin spice", and the knowledge that any day the rain will come to stay so we'd best play while we can.
Vivi loves to be outside in any weather and our unraked (and likely to stay unraked) garden is a great place to explore this time of year!
Vivian isn't just walking now, she's running and it makes her super happy. She especially loves to chase Adeline! The two of them just laugh and laugh as they run!
I just realized that if you know us in real life, there's very little chance you've seen Vivian smile or heard her say a single word, even though she grins and giggles all day long and she has a huge vocabulary and is super chatty and she talks and sings continually. Even with people we see daily like the Kindergarten Moms or neighbours or friends we see quite often, Vivi is very quiet and still and gives off a very serious "back off" vibe to go along with the scowl she wears if anyone but her family is making eye contact with her. If someone gets too close or talks to her for too long, the siren goes off and she yells and cries REALLY REALLY loudly and it takes quite a bit to calm her down. I do hope Vivi can get to a place soon where she knows in her heart that family is forever so she can be more comfortable with people outside her circle, but for now I'm happy that she knows who her special people are and that she's willing to fight not to lose us. Vivi obviously loves and adores her family, now she just needs to know that no one is ever going to take her from us or us from her. I do think she'll remain a cautious and probably shy child, but who knows? Right now I do feel a little bad for all the nice folks who try to smile and chat with Vivi and get back howling in return!