I love lists, especially bucket ones. I love thinking about what you really want from life and deciding to go make it happen. I’d never really thought about a seasonal bucket list until I’d seen them pop up on Pinterest, and so I really thought about what we’d like to do this fall in Virginia, which seems like the perfect state to celebrate autumn.
- Drive to see the leaves change. The Blue Ridge Parkway isn’t terribly far from us, but we’ll probably stick closer to home this season since a toddler isn’t usually on board for road trips of any length and find someplace to do a gorgeous walk amongst the falling leaves.
- Bake pumpkin muffins for the neighbors. Our neighborhood is fantastic about creating a sense of community, celebrating with huge block parties, progressive dinners, and a few boozy brunches. I’m actually surrounded by the dogs of two of them I’m pet-sitting at the moment. I’d love to pay it forward by baking to share, especially with a few of our older neighbors. An old sorority sister inspired me with her “adopt-a-Grandma” campaign she’s running with her own neighbors and I’d love to do something nice for the folks we see every day and hopefully brighten their day this fall.
- Decorate for Halloween. Each year we get a little spookier, and having a child makes every holiday a bit more fun. This window decor was so easy and a huge hit last year.
Tailgate.We went up to MBH’s alma mater, but ended up not watching one play of the game – too busy catching up with friends. I’m counting it!
- Get an epic pumpkin photo. No pressure, but it’s got to be as good as last year’s.
- Make a pie. I’ve never tried one before, but fall seems like the perfect time to do it.
- Try a capsule wardrobe. I love boots and plaid and bomber jackets and this fall, I’ll be seeing if I can stick to wearing less than 40 items of clothes the whole season. We’ll see!
- Call my grandfather weekly. He’s the last grandparent I have and I’d love to be more diligent about calling him in Colorado.
- Make apple cider. I have an easy, delicious recipe that keeps you warm & healthy all winter that I’ll share soon!
- Have a photo shoot in a leaf pile. Because something my toddler needs is the chance to jump into a big pile of stuff his dad just raked up.
- Donate to a Food Bank. Having a child has made me a lot more conscious of how fortunate we are, and how much I want to raise my little man into someone who always helps.
- Make chili. There’s nothing better for fall football.
- Bike ride to breweries. We’re fortunate to live by a few, and they’re perfect for a young family – lots of room for kids to run around, and lots of beverages for mom & dad!
- Carve a pumpkin. Last year we only bought one and it lived on our doorstep til nearly Christmas. I think this is our year to carve!
- Create another epic Halloween costume. Last year’s is the new one to beat.