Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall Bucket List

Just like every mom out there, I'm trying to remind my kiddos to use their manners, we're working on math facts, learning our letters, and the list goes on and on.  All the while...I try to do the best I can to plan fun events and special happenings for our family.  When our kiddos are all grown, I want them to remember these extra fun things we did each season just to make life a little more grand.  These do not have to be expensive or super thought out by any means.  My kiddos are absolutely stoked if we have a movie night WITH popcorn and I have no doubts they'll remember those just as much as the things we do that cost money.  

I'm sure this list looks like almost every other family's for the fall season, but it's FALL WEEK on the blog.  I wanted to make sure to include the things we'll do this season to make it special...

*Halloween Parties
From preschool to Sunday School to neighborhood parties, we try to hit up as many Halloween parties as we can for two reasons.  Number one they're just plain fun and number two because we like to get as much wear out of our Halloween costumes as possible.  ;)  The party pictured above is our annual Sunday School party for our adult group.  Every year, Andrea reserves this big barn/park area and rents a bounce house.  We all bring slow cookers full of yummy fall food, the kiddos all show off their costumes, and we visit.  It's a great time.  If you're the social person for your Sunday School class or neighborhood or something, consider this party idea as your fall social option!

*Rodeo
This is a new one I'm adding to our Fall Bucket List.  I decided on a whim we should give the Mesquite Rodeo a try and I'm so glad we did.  We had a GREAT time!  The arena was air conditioned so it felt great inside.  We were up close to the action so my kiddos were tuned in the entire time.  And they just loved it.  I grew up going to some small town country rodeos, so the rodeo took me WAY back.  :)

*Fair
The Texas State Fair is something my kids talk about all year long.  I don't even bat an eye if they randomly start talking about something and mention Big Tex (He's the big talking mechanical statue guy at the fair).  It's super normal around our house.  We love everything about the fair...the food, the rides, the lights, the crowd.  (Except that one time our stroller was stolen-we didn't love that.)

*Make Smores
And I'm a peanut butter/chocolate girl so I love to substitute the Hershey's for a good ole' Reese's Cup.  You can thank me later for that idea.  ha!

*Scary Movie Night
And by "SCARY" movie...I mean something released by Disney like Hocus Pocus.  ;)

*Trick-or-Treating
This picture is a couple years old, but let's face it...I'll never be able to top those expressions with another trick-or-treating picture.  Right?!  Every year we meet up with friends and trick-or-treat in our local neighborhoods.  We love this tradition.

*Birthday Parties
I'm saying "PartIES" because this sweet thing has a fall birthday too...
We'll be celebrating Britt turning TWO in the middle of November and then we'll party hard when Bowen turns FIVE at the end of the month.

In the fall, you can guarantee I'll always have the three ingredients at my house needed for these muffins.  The kiddos and I love these on a cool crisp fall morning.

*Sit Around the Fire
A camp fire just screams FALL to me.  Granted, our fire will be in a little fire pit in the back yard but it still gives off the fall vibes.  Right?

*Pumpkin Patch
These cuties and I will make sure we find a patch and pick some pumpkins.  Bonus points if the patch has a hayride.  ;)

*Football Game
Since Nixon was born, I've tried my best to travel with the kids and attend one of Tab's games every year.  I'm not sure it's happened every single year but we've gotten close.  Last year, we loaded up and made it to the West Point game.  I was just telling Tab last week there's no way we'll ever be able to top that.  That long weekend in New York City in the fall was unbelievable.  BUT...we'll do our best to make it happen.

I think this list sums up what we'll be doing this season.  What about you?


Have a GREAT day!  XO

20 comments:

Narci said...

Oh, you guys are going to have a great Fall! What a great Fall bucket list, girl!

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

CRACKING UP at that picture of them running away! Hysterical!!!

Mix and Match Mama said...

Hocus Pocus and those pumpkin muffins are huge faves over here too!

Justine Ciemny said...

I love your bucket list!! So many fun things to do this season :)

Justine @ Charm City Ciemny's
www.lifeasabaltimoregirl.blogspot.com

Bethany Parvin said...

This sounds like all the things we love. I am going to have to try those muffins!

mandabee said...

Pumpkin muffins are the best!!

Perfectly Port said...

Great list and that trip to NYC was so fun for you all :). Yay for 2 sweet November birthdays now! xoxo ERIN

Elaine said...

So much fun!! Our lists are actually very similar :) We love "booing" our neighbors too! https://houseofhargrove.com/fall-family-traditions/

Jen Jensen said...

I wholeheartedly agree about the Reese's for Hershey swap in the s'more.... but also try subbing Ritz crackers for the graham crackers too, it's AMAZING.

Julianne said...

Where do you get all the UA gear for everyone?! My son is 3 and I have such a hard time finding his size!!

dresselfamily.blogspot.com said...

Oooh fall has my heart. Now we might have snow on the ground and -20 by haloween but last year was perfect , no snow, all the kids running around our village trick or treating and all the fall smells. . I love this season

Mel said...

How fun that you have 2 birthdays in April and now 2 birthdays in November!

Ashley Canara said...

I love that y'all headed to West Point for a game- my brother just graduated from there in December and there is nothing quite like seeing the fall colors on and around base. So beautiful!

Jenny said...

A NYC trip in the Fall sounds pretty fun! I could get on board with that. :)

Linda said...

We have been doing Reese's peanut butter cups in our Smores forever. My daughter however will not let her dad forget about the time he forgot to remove the paper! His excuse is it was dark! They are the best!!!

graywolff said...

I love. love..LOVE you animal print booties!can you share the source?

WHITNEY said...

Great ideas! Love Fall and a new school year.

Erika Slaughter said...

They're Lucky brand booties from a couple years ago. I hope they bring them back asap!!

Four Points Mom said...

I'm right there with you about getting the most out of Halloween costumes. They're so expensive for just one night, but if you get to wear them 5 times then it's almost worth it. ;) I hope you guys go somewhere fun to visit Tab at work this year ... I'll be looking for a recap!

www.fourpointsmom.com

BrownieMom said...

Happy Monday! I just wanted to share that I'm so glad to have stumbled upon your blog. I'm a first time stay at home mom to 7 year old twins. I left a great paying job (although I hated the work) to stay at home and be present in our kiddos lives....I didn't realize how much I'd enjoy the parent pickup and drop off lines/eating lunch with them/being able to volunteer at school, be a co-troop leader to our brownie group, etc.... I'm trying to do what you mentioned early in today's blog about creating memories for a lifetime that they'll look back on and smile. Sorry to be so long winded just wanted to share from one mama to another that your insights and tips have been helpful and fun to watch. Enjoy this year's fall season! Blessings to your crew. :)