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I feel like I blinked and fall was over. WHYYYYY?

Not to toot my own horn, but it was a pretty great season. If you need a reminder, you can check out this years bucket list post HERE. I started making one a few years back to be sure I was making the most of my favorite time of year.

This was the first year that I was actually able to complete everything on my list – toot, toot!

(1) Return to Alstede Farms – CHECK

Our day at the farm was (finally) everything I imagined it would be. The day was overcast with off and on drizzles, but that ended up being kind of perfect since it kept the temperatures mild and the crowds relatively low.

We got to do everything! We took a hay ride, hopping off to pick some apples. We conquered the corn maze, letting Miles take the lead for part of it. We even found our pumpkins for carving.




(2) Make Miles’ Halloween Costume – CHECK

Miles was gifted a few Angry Birds plush dolls for his birthday last year, but he didn’t really get into it until he saw the movie this past summer. So, of course when I asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween this year, he chose his favorite of them: Chuck.

I was honestly completely ready to pick up a store-bought costume, but none of the ones I found were very good. This one was a challenge, but I tracked down yellow sweats (thank you, Primary!), and got to hot gluing feathers. I found a great mask on Etsy, and while he was getting confused for Pikachu by some, I think I did a pretty good job!


(3) Bake a Pecan Something-or-Another – CHECK

Even though I wanted to branch out and try something new this time around… well, it’s been a challenging year and I decided to return to last year’s favorite instead.

The pecan bars (recipe courtesy of Rock Recipes) is basically a layer of shortbread with the makings of a pecan pie on top. So, basically delicious + delicious = REALLY delicious.

These are my husband’s favorite, which basically means that they don’t last long in our house. He actually ended up taking some to work to avoid eating the entire batch. I’m not much of a chef, so that always makes me feel accomplished somehow.


(4) Carve a Pumpkin – CHECK

I’ve only tried carving a pumpkin one other times in my life, just a few years ago. Let’s just say it didn’t go well.

Pumpkin Carving

He lost a tooth. It wasn’t even that precise!

But pumpkin carving seems like such a traditional part of fall, that I wanted to give it another go.

We picked up one of those little kits at Target. It comes with stencils and a bunch of little tools. Then we got to work.

And I’m SO proud of us! Gutting a pumpkin is still pretty low on my list of fun activities, but the finished ones came out so well!


How was YOUR fall? Did you get everything done that you wanted to? Try anything new that I should add to next year’s list?

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