Hello all! The past couple of weeks have been absolutely crazy in the Hill household. We have been so incredibly busy (as I am sure most of you can relate), that I have found it extremely difficult to make the time to sit down and really give 100% to the blog. That being said, I never want my content to be forced – and while I have unfortunately done so on a few occasions, I have discovered that when what I’m writing doesn’t come naturally, readers pick up on that and in return, don’t respond. Which is NOT what I want.

So today, I thought I would do something a little different. Since Cupcakes and Coffee Grounds has grown significantly in this last month, thanks to all of you fantastic readers, I thought it would be fun to start giving you guys a little insight in to our lives on a more regular basis! (If you hate the idea, I will be terribly saddened.)

 To kick things off, let’s talk about our family’s Autumn Bucket List. Before my husband and I got pregnant, we discussed how important it was to the both of us to create an extraordinary childhood for our kids. We want to make the most out of brief time we get to have them under our roof; therefore, we rarely choose to forgo an opportunity that could lead to a fun experience or great memory.

To help encourage that, last year JD and I started a new tradition for our family. Each season we try to put together a bucket list of fun things that we enjoy about that time of year. I feel like when we make a list, it holds us accountable to doing stuff we wouldn’t ordinarily do, and more times than not, results in an experience I’m grateful we didn’t pass up.

Bucket List

(This was me composing our bucket list, whilst consuming my daily caffeine from my new favorite mug. Which, by the way, you can order from Hashtag Blessed on Instagram. They are almost as awesome as the mama of two of who makes them. You can check out my interview with her here. #shamelessplug)

This year, our complete Autumn Bucket List consists of the following:

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

State Fair

Donate to a Food Bank

Watch a Scary Movie

Decorate Pumpkins

Bake Cookies

Visit the Zoo

Haunted Housing

Go to a Football Game

Make S’mores (Which I just added as I am typing this, because, who doesn’t love s’mores?!)

Fun Fact: Mine and my husband’s hometowns are high school rivals. That’s right, rivals. We found this out the first day we met in college, and have since attended the annual Alvarado VS Kennedale football game every Fall. Which definitely makes this one of my favorite things to add to our bucket list! It doesn’t hurt that I break out the old chants from my cheerleading glory days on the way to the game.

So far, we have marked two things off our Autumn Bucket List: Visit a pumpkin patch, and watch a scary movie.

Growing up, I used to be a HUGE fan of scary movies, but then I lived by myself for a month in college and have been terrified ever since. Yet, somehow, I always put “watch a scary movie” on the list. I guess I feel like we owe it to Halloween to watch at least one fearsome flick. Last year it was Scream, this year…The Conjuring. Talk about frightening. Unless you sleep the furthest away from the door, I don’t suggest subjecting yourself to the creepiness that is The Conjuring.

On a happier and much cuter note, our trip to the pumpkin patch:

Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin Patch

Another new and exciting thing that we have started this month, is swim class! We have gone two weeks so far, and the boys absolutely love it. Heck, even I love it. I was initially nervous about starting swim lessons, just because I am not the world’s strongest swimmer. Plus I kept thinking, “How on earth will they know to hold their breath when we have to put them under water?!”

Amazingly enough, they are both naturals in the pool. We are in a class of five kiddos, and they are the only ones who don’t freak out when you make them float on their backs. (Insert sigh of relief here. The last thing I want to do is traumatize my child from voluntarily getting into a pool again.)

Swim Class

But seriously, a baby in a speedo is about as adorable as it gets. If anything, enroll your kids in to swim lessons if only for the fact that you get to dress them in a speedo.

After having Emmett, then moving to the new house, followed by the busyness that is the end of the year – it has been difficult to find real alone time with JD. I think we have gone on three dates without our children since March. Not because we don’t want to get out of the house sans our tiny human counterparts, but when we do finally have some downtime, we just want to sit on the couch and not move while we binge watch The Blacklist.

However, this past weekend was one of our best friend’s 30th birthday surprise party, and there was no way we were going to miss out on that!

30th Birthday

Even if it’s only a couple of hours, those hours are a game changer when it comes to feeling recharged.

In regards to Cupcakes and Coffee Grounds, I just want to take a minute to recognize each and every one of you who take the time out of your day to read my posts.

When I started this blog at the end of July, I was simply looking for some sort of outlet that would provide me with ownership and identity, outside of being a stay at home mom. Along the way, God has transformed what I thought I was doing for myself, in to a platform to share my thoughts and personal stories through this wild and unpredictable journey that is parenthood. All the while, having the opportunity to share my relationship with Christ and returning the glory to Him.

In the brief time I have been writing, this has easily become one of the most exhilarating and rewarding passions I have pursued; and that’s all because of you! Yes, you!

With every comment, like, and share – you make my day in a way that words cannot possibly express. I read and take to heart all of the messages and emails from you guys. You have helped to bring fulfillment and joy to an area of my life I didn’t even know existed. So from me to you, THANK YOU!!!! You guys mean the world to me!

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7 comments on “At Home with The Hills: October 2015”

  1. I love that you made a point to donate to the food bank! My friend always puts donating at the top of her Christmas list and it’s so inspiring. xo

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