Enjoying the Fall

I've mentioned it before but summer felt like a little bit of a "bust" to me this year. Not that it was a dispointing time or anything, but with a new baby at home Jared and I didn't get out much and definitely didn't do any of our normal summer activities. We were finding our new normal and figuring out how to take care of this little human so it made sense that we weren't hopping in a car to head out into the 90 degree weather all the time.

That being said, I have been looking forward to fall and these cooler temperatures for months now! T is in a pretty good routine, we're finding our groove as parents (some days better than others) and now that it's not so miserable out we're excited to enjoy this new season. We've been making a list in our heads about the fun we want to have in the upcoming months so I wanted to put together our list on the blog today.

Decorate!
I totally dropped the ball on this because I started decorating a couple weeks ago and never finished putting everything out. This week/weekend I'll be sure to have the rest of our festive touches out on display.

Visit a Fall Festival.
Now, I know T is still too young to really enjoy most of this, but a change of scenery for him will still be fun. We can easily put him in the carrier and enjoy fun on the farm like we always have. Drinking fresh cider, walking through the corn maze, picking out pumpkins- I cannot wait!

Carve Pumpkins.
We have carved pumpkins every year together since we got married and it's always one of my favorite activities with Jared. Good music on and even better conversation flowing while we get creative and try to out-do one another. These are our masterpieces from last year:

Watch Scary Movies.
I am really not a big scary movie person, but Jared always convinces me to watch one or two with him each fall/Halloween season. I'm picky about them though- nothing too gory or gross. I can handle the suspenseful stuff. . . sometimes.

Buy Mums.
We don't have much of a front porch, but there is still enough of a spot to put some beautiful, fall flowers so it needs to happen.

Go on Family Walks.
The temperatures are officially not miserable anymore and that means more and more walks, hooray! I can't wait to bundle up T in his little baby hoodies and walk the neighborhood with him and Jared in the coming weeks. Nothing like fresh, fall air.

Make a Halloween Feast.
I have The Pioneer Woman's holiday cookbook which I am absolutely obsessed with. I'm determined to make all of her menus at some point, but the Halloween one is especially calling my name this year. Everything just looks themed and delicious; I think it would be a fun meal to make when we have some family or friends over.

Finish our Yard Work.
Okay, so maybe not the most exciting on the list- but it needs done. We have some landscaping to finish up, need to pressure wash our deck and a few other odds and ends before the weather gets too cold. We are also pricing and getting some quotes on a new privacy fence at the moment; not sure that'll get done this fall or not but it's something we're at least considering and need to follow up on.

Take Family Photos.
I take a zillion pictures of T every week it seems, but we haven't taken many family pictures together since he's been born. I'm hoping to get out on a nice day and snap a few fall pictures of our little family of three.
Throwback to pictures we took in Jared's backyard SIX years ago! Hi, 2010.

What's on your fall bucket list this year??

26 comments

  1. We're hoping to get some fall pictures done, too! Even if it's just with our tripod :) let me know and I'm happy to snap them for you girl you know that! I hadn't seen Pioneer Woman's holiday cookbook! That sounds awesome!! YAY Fall!!!

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  2. Family walks sound so lovely. :) I am obsessed with The Pioneer Woman, too. Definitely going to be taking a look at her Halloween holiday menu!

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  3. I hope your area's crop of pumpkins, etc, is better than MO's - we attempted to go this past weekend for apples and such but there was nothing decent, it was sad. The pumpkins were so-so, I'm hoping they look better as time goes on.

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  4. I LOVE fall festivals! We took Leah to some last year, but she was too young obviously so it was more for just getting out of the house. But this year is so much fun bc she's walking around and pointing at all the animals. It's so cute!! Love your list - I need to make my list too!!

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  5. You definitely need a family photo!

    I love mums but I can't keep them alive.

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  6. Summer was a total bust for us, too - I think it's to be expected though! Excited for all of the fun fall activities with the babies! We're heading to the pumpkin patch this weekend :)

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  7. EEEK, I bet fall is sooooo beautiful up in Ohio, the trees are so pretty! I think your list is a great one to aspire too :)!

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  8. You have access to a really great photographer -- put her to use!

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  9. We haven't done family pictures since Boomer was 9 months old. She's 10. Mom fail!
    I like this bucket list idea...may have to steal it.

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  11. all.about.fall this year! it's still 100 degrees out but I'm ignoring it haha.

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  12. Awwww it will be so wonderful to get out with baby when the temp cools off and you guys can enjoy some new scenery! I love trying new treats and recipes every winter and in general I just get more done in these seasons for whatever reason. Mums are something I mean to get every year...and I have yet to do it! I have a stoop they would be so cute on!

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  13. Good luck with your list! I love carving pumpkins! I'm excited to buy one later this month to carve & bake the seeds.

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  14. I am ridiculously excited for fall!!

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  15. You'll definitely find a better groove this fall! You're doing great!

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  16. Love this list! I can't wait for my hubby to be home so we can cross some things off of our fall bucket list too :) I did the same thing with decorating, I meant to string up some fake leaves to hang around our place and they're still sitting on our tv stand haha. We took Fall photos on our own last year using my tripod and it worked really well! If we lived closer I'd come take some for you!

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  17. I looooove this! Except my idea of scary movies is Hocus Pocus. Fall is my most favorite - I decided when I was young that my red hair matched the red trees so clearly I should like fall the most. And family pictures are DEFINITELY a must!

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  18. I am always the one trying to convince my husband to watch scary movies with me at Halloween time! He usually is not having it though and we turn to our go-to's of Hocus Pocus, Casper, Nightmare Before Christmas and all of the Halloweentown movies because we're obviously children at heart :)

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  19. If you make that Halloween meal, I hope you share pictures of it. I always look at planned out menus for holidays and special occasions and day dream about "someday." I want you to do it just so I can hear if it's really doable. I hope your little family gets to have lots of fun this fall. I thought of you today because I picked the Bengals for my survivor pick this week. Whodey (that's what you say, right?)

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  20. I'm already excited for your new family of three fall pictures ;)

    You two sound like such fun parents! Seriously. #rockingparenthood

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  21. Awesome list! You're going to have a great fall! Fall festivals are so much fun, what a fun family tradition!

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  22. I hope you all are able to really enjoy this season as a family of 3! :)

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  23. Yay for the best season everrrrrrr! I made those caramel popcorn balls for Aiden's 1st birthday part and they were amazing! And you know how I feel about Pioneer Woman everything. Haha. I can't wait to carve pumpkins this year. I hope fall goes very slooowwwlyyy.

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  24. I really think that I would like to have those Popcorn Balls. They look amazing! :)

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  25. We have a new baby too and I felt this summer was such a wash trying to get all settled! Those popcorn balls look great and I am actually on my way to buy our fall mums when my daughter wakes up from her nap.

    Lovelylatteblog.com

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  26. Congrats on your little one! I always buy my mums at Costco because they always have the biggest ones for the best price!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

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