Friday, August 28, 2009

...and the livin' is easy...

Summer used to be my favorite season. What happened? With the high next week predicted to top out around 70, fall is quickly approaching and I'm giddy as a school girl. Oh man, I can't wait for fall. Nothing beats autumn in Ohio.

As much as I don't care for summertime out here, Ohio summers have one great thing going for them...FIREFLIES. I had never seen one 'til I moved here. Spencer and I had only been here a couple weeks (about 6 years ago). We had left the back patio door open to get some fresh air flowing through our one bedroom apartment. And in flew a single firefly. Spence and I FREAKED. We shut the door to keep the little guy trapped in and we ran around turning off every light in our apartment. We sat in the living room watching this most amazing bug put on his own little light show.

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Little did we know they'd show up everywhere for the rest of the summer. I loved taking evening jogs with a friend and they'd line the wooded path. If bugs can be beautiful, these are.

It was fun to be back in Ohio this year just in time for lightening bug season. I'm not actually sure if my crazies had ever seen one before this year...considering they don't come out until after their bedtime. We caught one while we were waiting for the fireworks to start on the forth of July. The kiddos were amazed.

As the cooler weather rolls in, firefly season is coming to an end along with all things summer.

Is any one else already planning Halloween costumes?

18 comments:

Traci Elizabeth said...

i am! I am! haven't decided yet, but have thought of a few ideas!

I loved the fireflys in Nebraska while on my mission. Seeing a firefly just makes the world right.

Genn said...

That's a cute story about you and Spencer watching the firefly in your apartment. I saw my first firefly in Iowa a few years ago. They really are neat.

I haven't even thought of Halloween costumes yet. I know I already set my fall stuff out, so I probably should. Yesterday we had a play date in Temecula and the temp was 113! I just can't imagine what costume would be fun to wear if it's near as hot as that. Hopefully it cools down soon.

Kris said...

I would love to see a fire fly!! Lucky you! I could just see you running around your apartment being chased by a light bug!
YES...LOVE fall...YES...can't wait....YES.....thinking about what our little munchkins are going to be....although I know I have nothing to say about it, but I do get a huge kick out of seeing them. And this year, Hannah and Noah will love it!

Kelly said...

Ohio falls are the best- I have to admit that if we ever moved I would miss them.
I am already gearing up for Halloween- we bought Leah's costume in July, actually...Alex isn't into it this year- so sad, and Celeste could be anything, so easy
So, what are you dreaming up?!

Hubba's Thoughts said...

I am SOOO ready for fall.. I'm sick of the heat. I remember when I was little on a vacation somewhere back east and I saw some fireflies!! I too was excited..

Yes, I've been thinking about Halloween... Madi wants to be either Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz or a Cowgirl... Jackson... We'll see, probably the $10 giraffe costume at Costco... Have a great weekend!

Cynthia said...

how about 3 little fireflys for halloween?

jeanine said...

I love fireflies... when we lived in Norman I loved running at night so I could see them.

Danielle said...

Fireflies are the best...although in PA we used to call them lightning bugs. Oh I have some stories about things you can do with those...we did some great tricks and kept ourselves pretty entertained with those bugs!

Kelly said...

I want firflies! How neat! I've never seen one! And I am excited for FAll too! And I am already planning costumes too. However I'm not crafty like you and can make them. But I just ordered Dereks today!

Jen said...

That's really neat and I can't wait for Fall either.

Amber Nish said...

I am so stinkin' jealous right now! I want jeans and cute sweaters, soup on the stove and bread in the oven! And firefies! Oh and the beautiful colors that I know are headed your way..you have me pining!! And, yes, I am thinking about Halloween this year already! I am sure you will do something fantastic!

Sam and Becky said...

Sammy and I were just talking about fireflies! She was telling me how incredible they are and how she used to see them in NY when she lived there. I can't wait to see one. :)

Good post. I'm excited for fall too.. I LOVE IT!

Heidi said...

I havent ever seen one... only on the Pirates of caribbean ride at Disneyland... not so real.
I have yet to have a good idea for jackson for halloween. You always have such great ideas, and you make them. One day I will like Katie!

Autumn said...

Amazing photo. Whoa. I'd so love to be able to take something like that. Fireflies rock. I've found myself thinking of Halloween costumes WAY earlier than I normally do--at least 3 months ago in fact. I think its b/c last Halloween I thought it was pathetic that Jake and I haven't dressed up in a while--and I really want to. No conclusions yet but I'm brainstorming...

Erin said...

That pic of thr firelies is so cool. My geeks would sure love them. I was bummed that we don't get June bugs like Corona does. My geeks love bugs.

I am trying to come up with a family themed halloween this year. It is hard-my older two have opinions of what they want to be!

mj said...

Yes ofcoarse I am. I love Halloween. I love looking forward to the next holidays as school gets started again.

AKA Rosa said...

Oh I love Fireflies. Seriously the best thing about living in Ohio! They are almost a magical mystical thing. Like seeing something that is not really real. I love love love them. Catch a few and overnight them to me would ya!!! I am just kidding don't really do that!!!!

amelia said...

I've only see fireflies once - they really are beautiful. And yes, I'm planning our Halloween costumes already. We're thinking a Mario theme.