Fall Bucket List - 2019

Today I’m linking up with two of my favorite bloggers, Sarah and Emily, to share my fall bucket list!

Take Fletcher to our favorite apple orchard

Purchase pumpkins and fall planters to decorate our front porch

Make chili on a regular basis

Try a “Cinderella latte” from Starbucks (white chocolate + pumpkin syrup)

Utilize our fireplace on the regular

Celebrate Fletcher’s first Halloween!

Enjoy cozy evenings at home, especially once it starts getting colder at the end of next month

Take lots of fall walks / hikes on our favorite trails in the area

Watch this movie which always reminds me of fall

Order some seasonal essential oils such as orange and cinnamon bark

Enjoy the football season — reading on the couch while Andy watches the game

Bake pumpkin bread for friends and family

Wear all the fall clothes -- boots, sweaters, and jackets. I didn’t get a chance to wear a lot of my favorites last fall since I was very pregnant so I’m looking forward to pulling all of my favorites out again!

What’s something you’d like to do this fall?
What movie “feels like” fall to you?

Family Holiday / Seasonal Traditions

As we enter into the upcoming season, I can’t help but get excited for all of the traditions that we get to continue doing and / or start with Fletcher! I recently had someone request that I share these and I thought it would be a fun way to remember the special things we hope to do each year!

Growing up, some of my favorite memories involved the traditions that we participated in year after year — I’d love to start some of these in our little family. Also, I am writing this post in the hope / plan that we will add more kids to our crew in the coming years, so kids is written as plural. :)

PS Here’s an old post of mine about some of my favorite holiday memories!

School

  • First + last day of school pictures on our front porch

  • Snack + catch up about their days at school upon arriving home each afternoon

  • One-on-one shopping + out to lunch trip with each kid to shop for back to school clothes

  • School supply shopping as a family

Fall

  • Growing up, we always attended a heritage celebration in my grandma’s town — I’d love to get back into this tradition

  • Family photos

  • Fall baking day with cousins - Chex mix, pumpkin bread, ginger cookies, etc.

  • Apple orchard visits

  • Football Sundays at home

  • Attending Parade of Homes is something Andy and I started doing early on in our dating days and we plan to take Fletcher this year — he LOVES people watching so we are thinking he will get a kick out of this

  • Decorating the front porch with pumpkins and fall planters

Halloween

  • Visiting a pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins, and roasting the seeds

  • Trick or treating through our neighborhood

  • Early on in our marriage, Andy and I started having pizza each Halloween night — this would be a fun tradition to continue especially since it’s a quick and easy dinner before heading out to trick or treat with the kids

  • Handing out candy to trick or treaters that visit our home

  • Having a dish of candy corn + peanuts on the coffee table — my grandma got me hooked on this tradition when I was a little girl and it’s been fun to continue it each year in my adult life

Thanksgiving

  • I’d love to start a tradition of a special Thanksgiving morning breakfast — perhaps The Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls or something like that

  • Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade as a family

  • Having our kids be involved with prepping and cooking for Thanksgiving dinner

  • Andy and I have recently started the tradition of watching Planes, Trains, and Automobiles during the week of Thanksgiving — probably won’t have our kids join in on this one until they’re much older, but it’s a fun tradition for the two of us!

  • Starting gratitude journals for each kid as they get older

Winter

  • Sledding

  • Ice skating

Christmas

  • Andy and I have started the tradition of putting up our Christmas tree the weekend after Halloween so that we can enjoy it longer

  • Continuing our tradition of watching Home Alone the night that we set up our Christmas tree

  • Holiday baking day with cousins — sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, Chex mix, Muddy buddies, Oreo truffles, etc.

  • Visiting Santa at the mall

  • Writing letters to Santa

  • Helping out a family / child in need around the holidays

  • Putting together and sending off shoeboxes of gifts for Operation Christmas Child

  • Christmas jammies — most likely Burt’s Bees since we love that brand

  • Christmas music!

  • Watching all of our favorite Christmas movies

  • Attending a performance of The Nutcracker

  • Driving around to look at Christmas lights while listening to Christmas music

  • Attending a Christmas Eve service at church

  • Decorating gingerbread houses

  • Looking at Christmas decorations at the local mall

New Year’s

  • We always had a “fancy” family dinner of crab legs, lobster, shrimp, and sparkling white grape juice. I’m not a huge seafood person anymore, but I’d love to start this tradition up with our family. Maybe we make it into a family game night as well.

Birthdays

  • Special birthday dinner either at home or at a restaurant

  • Birthday parties with their friends

Valentine’s Day

  • Little gifts + cards at their place at the table in the morning

Easter

  • Egg hunt with cousins

  • Easter baskets

  • Attending church as a family

  • Attending a Good Friday service

Summer

  • Picnics in the park

  • Swimming at the gym’s outdoor pool

4th of July

  • Pic with cousins in their matching patriotic tees

  • Watching fireworks

  • Andy and I have always done a trip to the mall on the 4th — not sure if we will continue this as our kids are older though

What are some of your favorite family traditions?

A Weekday Date

On our day off last Friday, we headed to a furniture sale that was being put on by a local home staging company. We had first heard about this sale during Parade of Homes and were excited to attend in hopes of finding some pieces for our new house. Unfortunately, the sale was a bust — not much inventory and what they did have wasn’t really our style.

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After leaving the sale, we headed to Michael’s in search of a few filler pieces for our new Christmas planter that we have on our porch. We both felt like it needed a few more red accents, so we picked up a few springs of holiday greenery to stick in the pot. While we were there, we also browsed through their Christmas trees and garlands but didn’t see anything that we loved enough to take home with us.

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We grabbed a quick lunch and then headed to the theatre to see The Grinch. We were both so impressed with the new version of this holiday classic — the animation, story, and music were great!

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Afterwards, we headed to Einstein’s Bagels to see if any of my mugs for them were in the store (I did some dog illustrations for them), but unfortunately all they had was the Caribou Coffee holiday collection in stores. I snapped a pic of this display because it was nice to see all of my designs together as one instead of spread out on different shelves like at the Caribou Coffee shops that we visited last weekend.

We made a quick pit stop for paper plates and napkins since we’re hosting Thanksgiving on Thursday and then we were on our way!

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Since Andy was off from work, he was able to attend our 32 week OB appointment! Baby was measured and got his heartbeat checked — everything is right on track! I have two more OB checks and then I will start having weekly appointments until he is born.

A Target run was our last stop of the day since I needed to grab a few items to make Oreo truffles with my sister and nieces that following day. We grabbed a few groceries, browsed through their Christmas section, and then on our way out we ran into one of my friends and her husband! I used to dislike running into people while running errands and now I really enjoy it — crazy how things have changed since flipping over to the extrovert side of life ;)

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Target had the cutest wrapping paper and gift bags — I always feel so inspired while browsing through items like this.

I was so excited to see the snow falling down as we walked out of Target! We headed home, made dinner, and then relaxed on the couch while watching Christmas Vacation, which is one of our favorites.

Has it snowed where you live yet?
Are you hosting or attending Thanksgiving this year?

Fall Bucket List

Below is a list of experiences that I’d love to make a priority during this fall season in Minnesota!

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Visit a couple of apple orchards — maybe even this one again

Purchase pumpkins

Make chili on a regular basis

Enjoy a pumpkin spice latte — this was checked off very early in the season! :)

Light a fire in our fireplace

Enjoy cozy evenings at home

Take lots of fall walks

Watch this movie which always reminds me of fall

Order some seasonal essential oils such as orange and cinnamon bark

Enjoy the football season — reading on the couch while Andy watches the game

Bake pumpkin bread for friends and family

Enjoy some hot apple cider

Try a new fall recipe

Wear all the fall clothes -- boots, sweaters, and jackets

P.S. I’m linking up with Sarah and Emily for their fall decor posts! Since we haven’t really decorated for fall, I’m sharing my fall bucket list instead! :)

What are some things you’d love to do this fall?
What’s your favorite season?