Apples - no problem (as long as they are gala or granny smith)
Pumpkins - funny looking, but available to some extent
Beautiful leaves - it would be hard to find an ugly one, but they are all still green (and won't be turning...)
Crisp air - it can get cool, but crisp? Only if you climb one of the volcanos.
I adore fall. And I miss fall so much. I even missed it in California, even though there was some measure of "fallness". But regardless of the weather and the surrounds, the internal clock is still regulated for fall. When the calendar strikes September, it hits.
Halloween is something our family loves and misses a lot. It has been our third year away from it. To some degree, you can tell. There was much less moaning and groaning about not being at the Wurzbach's, not being able to trick-or-treat in Rancho Solano (THE area for this activity in our home town).... but we still definitely missed it. A lot. While I don't miss a lot of the ugly decór that many homes sport, I certainly do miss the fun. I have so many great memories from Halloween (note: "so many memories" for me would mean something like 3 or 4, being of very little brain in the memory department). It is sad to think that the kids, particularly Lucy and Cade, will have few of these memories. Lucy might very likely be clueless as to the typical Halloween goings-on.
Out of sadness and determination, we decided to create our own new traditions. A friend Katie and I thought it would be fun to have a fallish day during this break we are having (Días de los difuntos - or muertos, in other latin american countries, and Cuenca Day). I emailed a bunch of families and invited them over, asking each family to either bring some food, or better yet, bring and activity.
This was yesterday - and it was a good time!
We started with my little event - caramel apples.
And I'm happy to say that no teeth were actually harmed in the course of this day.