Oakley was born on August 27,2018, which means I was pregnant all Summer. All I heard was, “yikes you’re going to be 9 months pregnant during Summer in Arkansas.” It wasn’t until the Peach Festival rolled around that it got really hot and super humid. It never fails, the Peach Festival always falls on the hottest weekend of the Summer. That weekend, I went to the Peach Festival and my ankles looked like tree stumps. I have never been that swollen in my life. After that, I really didn’t go outside that much until Oakley was born. I walked in the mornings with my friend before it got hot but I decided that it was the perfect time to get into a Netflix series. For whatever reason, I chose Gilmore Girls and I loved it! I loved the storyline, the town, the characters, I loved the entire series. I loved their quaint, little town Stars Hollow during Fall and Winter. Every year, they had the Fall Festival and I thought it was adorable. Arkansas actually gets four seasons unlike Southern California, where Andrew and I were raised. I’ll always be a Summer girl but I do love to experience the change of seasons.
Our close friends out here invited us to the Augsburg Fall Festival, a festival they’ve been going to for years. Every year, the Augsburg Fall Festival raises thousands of dollars for charities and people in need. When we pulled up to the festival at this beautiful church nestled on a perfectly manicured lawn, I immediately felt like I was at the Stars Hollow Fall Festival! Gilmore Girls is way more Fall feeling to me than Pumpkin Spice Lattes but I’m really not a pumpkin fan. The other day, I was talking to my cousin and I asked her what she was doing. She said she was watching Gilmore Girls while drinking her coffee in bed to help Nashville feel like Fall. If you aren’t feeling like it’s Fall, you clearly need to watch Gilmore Girls haha.
Okay, back to the Augsburg Fall Festival. There was a silent auction, a raffle, handmade crafts for sale, pony rides, and live music. They served brats, pork loin, and an array of desserts. They had a firetruck for the kids to look at and a line of old tractors. If you know me at all, I was sold at the pony rides. A pony ride always brings the biggest smile to Oakley’s face. Oakley loved the pony rides and dancing to the live music. She also dipped her fingers in the icing on a slice of cake that a lady we call Grandma Ann gave her. She loved spending time with our friends that have become like family at the Fall Festival and passed out on the way home from all of the excitement. We had a great time and I know this was the start of a tradition for our little family. I’m sure Oakley will look forward to the Augsburg Fall Festival for years to come!