I don’t know what it is about the cooler weather, but when it arrives, it brings with it a refreshing breath of magic and excitement that makes me want to bake 24/7, watch every holiday movie out there, and drink coffee in my sweatpants all day. I do all of those things practically every day anyways, but now there are pumpkins all over the place. So I think it goes without saying, that this is my absolute favorite time of the year.
If you were reading along last year, then you know that one of our family traditions is to create a Fall Bucket List. I adore this tradition, because life can get so crazy busy at the end of the year, that having a bucket list of activities reminds us to take the time to do things together as a family. (Cheesy, I know, but we’re a pretty cheesy family.)
1. Visit a pumpkin patch.
What is it about visiting a pumpkin patch that makes Fall feel so official? This year I’m on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin patch with a hayride and a corn maze – the whole shebang.
2. Watch a scary movie.
I don’t know why I do this to myself every year, but not watching a scary movie during Halloween is like you’re skimping on the holiday. Afterwards, I am always paranoid for a night or two, but it’s tradition, so what are ya gonna do? (Secretly, I love it.)
3. Go haunted housing.
Another bizarre tradition. Yet, every year, JD and I drive to some overpriced haunted house, and pay for people to scare us.
4. Bake cookies.
As soon as the first cool front blows through, that’s my cue to preheat the oven. I am a cookie baking monster machine. Seriously, baking is my therapy. So If you’re having a bad day and need a good cookie binge, feel free to come over, because there will always be cookies.
5. Family zoo trip.
By far, one of my favorite Fall traditions. Since Noah was born, I have talked JD in to taking one day off in the middle of the week so that we can all go to the zoo together. That way the zoo isn’t as busy, and we can really take our time and just enjoy the day as a family.
6. Make chili.
Four words: Chili, sweatpants, and football.
7. Donate to the food bank.
This one is extremely important to our family. During this time of year, I find it so incredibly easy to get caught up in just about anything and everything, that I lose track of the whole point of the season – and that’s to give. To give love, to give a helping hand, to give of our resources to those in need, to give of ourselves. And I believe the sooner you start that with your kids, the better. I only hope that our efforts as parents leave a lasting impression on our kids to always give and help others.
So what are some of your favorite things to do every Fall? Feel free to share them in the comments below, because we are always looking for fun new things to add to our list! I hope you guys have an amazing weekend! XO
P.S. Here is the sugar cookie recipe I always use: Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies.