I love sweater weather and the general cozy feeling of the fall. Even though I am so sick of them by the end of winter, I get very excited when it’s time to pull boots out from the back of the closet. I’m not a big pumpkin spice fan, but you better believe my house will be decked out in autumn decor by the end of the month.
As you probably know, I also love a good list. So, without further ado, I present this year’s fall bucket list!
(1) Another Attempt at a Homemade Costume
One of my most popular pictures on Pinterest shows Miles in his costume from last year. Now, I don’t have any costuming experience, nor do I own a sewing machine. So, that little project required some creativity and a lot of time on my part. I’m proud of how last year’s costume turned out, but I tossed it soon after since the hand sewn pieces and rough hems were coming apart.
“Hey, Miles. What do you want to be for Halloween this year?”
“Catboy!” (from PJ Masks)
Well, of course! They do actually sell a costume now, but last year’s success with the Gekko costume (also from PJ Masks) gives me some hope I can do it. I should probably go ahead and get started…
(2) A New Take on Pecan Pie
I’ve decided that pies just aren’t my thing. I enjoy baking in general when I have time, but pies seem to take a long time, and they’re never quite what I’m in the mood for.
My hubby, on the other hand, can always get behind the idea of a good pecan pie.
Enter the Pecan Pie Cookie!
During one of my famous Pinterest black hole adventures, I came across this gem of a recipe, and I can’t wait to try it. I don’t even like Pecan Pie that much, but these look so yummy! I’ll let you know how it goes.
(3) An Un-Sick Day at the Pumpkin Patch
Last year (and every year before that), Miles got sick mid-fall. It seems like a fatal combination of being back in school and the change in temperature. When the day for our pumpkin patch visit came, he seemed to be feeling better. Unfortunately, just a few minutes into that visit, he took a turn for the worse. We tried to give him some medicine and take a mellow hay ride around the property, but soon there was no denying that no one would be enjoying the day.
This year, I’m doing my darndest to keep our family healthy as we go into the new season. And I’m determined to get us back to that pumpkin patch for a much livelier day filled with hay rides and apple cider donuts. Yum!
(4) Preparing for Advent
You know me and my planning ways. I’ve been wanting to do an Advent Calendar (along with corresponding seasonal activities) for a while now, and it seems like Miles is finally at an age where it would make sense and actually build excitement for Christmas.
I’m still brainstorming (read: trolling Pinterest) for ideas, but I’d love to have at least a week’s worth of activities ready to go by the end of October. Baby steps!
BONUS: Celebrate both National Chocolate Day and National Candy Corn Day
I am someone who gets a little annoyed by random National This-or-That Days. I feel like if everything has its own day, what makes it special? Well, twist my arm because these are two days I do not anticipate having a problem celebrating.
Mark your calendars, people! National Chocolate Day is October 28 and National Candy Corn Day is October 30. If you need me, I’ll be shamelessly celebrating from the comfort of my couch.