With every entrance of fall comes our annual "meeting of the minds": the writing down of our fall plans. We take some time one afternoon or evening in early September & make our leaf-crunching, cider-sipping, pumpkin-carving list of all the autumnal delights we plan to enjoy.
Our list changes a bit with each year, especially with AK growing up & being able to lend her *almost* 6 year old little voice to the mix (which I rather love). But there are always the traditions that remain, the bits & pieces that, for us, are a integral part of making it fall.
And this year I have a new batch of sharpened colored pencils (which make me feel especially You've Got Mail-ish) & an empty journal to add a bit more creativity to our bullet list of ideas. There's something about seeing those reds & oranges spread across the page that give the words that make up that list a bit more life. It's the little things, right?
~ A Bucket List of Fall Things ~
collecting leaves on a walk through a park.
coffee shop runs for pumpkin, chai, and caramel flavored beverages.
picking apples at our favorite family farm.
a family photoshoot.
lighting pumpkin candles every single day.
making our "thankful" tree for November.
baking multiple loaves of pumpkin bread, with and without chunks of chocolate.
multiple walks on our favorite trail in town.
picking out new soup and stew recipes to try.
an evening of pumpkin carving and s'more making in the back yard.
game nights in the sunroom with candles lit, cider piping, and wool blankets spread out.
viewings of You've Got Mail and Anne of Green Gables.
rotating a sweet bowl with fillers from a variety of Target candy bags.
multiple trips to aforesaid family farm for pumpkin donuts, cheese, cider, and wine.
reading in the sunroom with the autumn breeze blowing through.
afternoons of more baking with AK while our soundtrack playlists serenade us.
Saturdays of college football and good food.
quiet times to think and be.
setting up baby boy's nursery and AK's big sister room.
visits from family and friends.
pumpkin donuts for breakfast.
buying pumpkins and mums for our front stoop.
re-reading Anne of Green Gables.
our family vacation to Rosemary Beach.
celebrating the birthdays of both my J and our AK.
walks in the evening in the crisp autumn air.
recording our days and the happy moments and events that fill them.
This list may be added to as the days go by, but already I think it's brimming with good things.....cozy things.....fall things. Sharing this season with my darlings is what makes these fall days what they are and each year, as AK grows up, there are more nuggets of happiness to be found.
I rather think next year I might just come undone when it's the F O U R of us and we are introducing little man to this most beloved season. I see it now: J carrying him on his shoulders through rows of apple trees, AK teaching him how to carve a pumpkin and handing him "his own" special leaves to hold, putting his little painted handprint on our thankful tree, and all of us just drinking him in as he's donned in his darling plaid shirt and his miniature-sized moccasin holding a piece of sugar-coated pumpkin donut in his chubby hand. Magic.
So tell me, sweet friends, what fills your fall bucket list? What are you favorite traditions, your most savored recipes, your go-to fall beverage? I'd love to know.
Have a gorgeous Tuesday!