Friday, September 8, 2017

Fall Bucket List

Last fall, we were in the midst of packing up + selling our house.  Two of the past three years, I've been in my first trimester of pregnancy in the fall (i.e. completely exhausted), and the other we had a little baby Ellie on our hands.  We're getting more and more into a really fun age with Ells now and it's just the best.  She gets excited about doing just about anything, which is going to make this upcoming fall + holiday season so much fun!  We've been discussing all the festive things lately and she seems especially excited about getting pumpkins, apple picking and of course having Santa come down our chimney. ;)  But let's try not to get too ahead of ourselves here!  These are some of the things we plan on doing over the next couple months:

1.) Pick pumpkins and carve them.  Discussions of cat-o-lanterns have already been had, and I'm pretty sure I am no longer the one who is most excited about them.
2.) Go apple picking.  I'm so looking forward to taking Ells apple picking this year, I know she will have a ball!  Obviously we'll need to make a pie afterwards, and possibly some homemade apple sauce for baby Lo (who will be eating solids next month, what?!).
3.) Make a giant leaf pile, and jump in it of course! Having a two year old help rake leaves is totally okay as long as she's having fun, right? ;)
4.)  Go on a fall foliage drive, or maybe get a little adventurous and go on a hike?
5.)  Decorate what will soon be my brand new mantle for fall!
6.)  Go trick-or-treating.  This will be Ellie's very first time actually going trick-or-treating and I cannot wait to see what she thinks!  I took the liberty of picking out the girls' costumes since I'm sure this will be the last year Ellie lets me choose - she seems to be on-board and I'm just hoping she doesn't change her mind before Halloween!
7.)  Have a festive movie night with a fire in the fireplace (and fireplace s'mores!).  We haven't stopped watching Room on the Broom since last Halloween, but would you believe me if I said I've never seen Hocus Pocus??
8.)  Boo at the Zoo - trick-or-treat at the zoo (free admission for kids in costume!).  If you're local, you can find more information here, and if you're not, definitely check out your own local zoo - I know this is a pretty popular thing!
9.)  Thanksgiving for four.  I wanted to do this last year but we never got around to it.  Just a simple, mini-Thanksgiving dinner at home just the four of us!  We love seeing all of our family on the big holidays, but I'd also love to have a quiet (if that's possible) dinner together where we actually sit down at the table without the TV on in the background.
10.)  Get updated family photos taken.  I think we've made this an annual tradition, at least while we have little kids, and we obviously need some photos with our newest addition!

I feel like it's so easy to just say "no, that's going to be a giant pain in the butt" when it comes to doing different activities with a small baby around, so I thought putting our fall bucket list in writing would help make sure we get these things done.  Of course this list isn't all inclusive, I've already checked off one of the most important items on our bucket list: matching Halloween jammies! :)

Hope your September is off to a great start!

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