Well, it's that time of year. It's a wonder that more people don't go house hunting in the late fall so that they know what's in store for them. Looking out at this mess, it's hard to believe that most of these leaves are from only one of the trees in our back yard. Which means that this is only round 1 of the raking.
As soon as Claire saw it, she wanted to make a leaf angel.
And this tree is the culprit for most of the leaves. It was completely bare. The kids couldn't resist some play time as I began raking at the other side of the yard.
Claire was all about throwing the leaves. She started out pretty reasonably.
But she quickly got more ambitious in her leaf attack.
Henry was happy to sit, for the most part.
He would drop a few leaves here and there.
Then he began digging like a dog. That was pretty cute.
And both kids were more than anxious to help me "sweep the leaves" (as Claire put it).
I soon had neat piles across the back yard. And almost as quickly, those piles became one long, continuous pile as Claire and Henry ran and shuffled through them. But I was happy to have my helpers alongside me as I tackled this daunting job!