Fall 2017 Bucket List

Fall 2017 Bucket List

We had so much fun with our Summer Bucket List that we decided to do a Fall Bucket List as well! I love fall - the colorful leaves, the cool air, jeans & flannel shirts, boots, pumpkin-flavored everything (except those pumpkin spiced lattes - no, thank you!). I also like to call fall "Autumn" because Autumn sounds fancier than fall. Speaking of fancy, I couldn't find a piece of paper anywhere in my house, so we made our list on a paper towel with a Sharpie. #sofancy Hey, it works though, right? Here's what the girls and I came up with this season:

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(Confession: I always try to put 9 things on our Bucket Lists. I don't like that it's an odd number, but I like that it's easy to put 9 photos in a photo collage!)

Pumpkin Patch: This is one of my favorite fall traditions. We've been to several pumpkin patches in the KC area over the last few years. This year, we tried out a new one because it was FREE admission for its first year open. We went with a family from our church Small Group and had a great time: hayrides, trampolines, picking pumpkins off the vine, a corn pit (which Hattie was NOT a fan of), and some pumpkin donuts. Eliza picked out a tiny white pumpkin, and Hattie picked out a medium-sized orange pumpkin. It still amazes me how sisters can be so different from one another.

Carve Pumpkins: Listen, I love to paint. I don't really have much time for it anymore, but one thing I can count on each year is painting pumpkins. However, someone at school told my 3-year-old that you are supposed to CARVE pumpkins and turn them in to jack-o-lanterns. Thanks, preschool Halloween unit! So, guess what? This year, Eliza requested that we carve pumpkins. We let the girls pick out what kind of face they wanted on their pumpkins, and they ate candy while Marcus and I did all the hard work. Hattie picked out a traditional jack-o-lantern face from the options we gave her on Google, but Eliza went off script and wanted to make her pumpkin look like a cat. They loved the finished products, especially when we lit candles inside of them. I guess it was all worth it to see the magic in their eyes.

Trick or Treat: Of course, they were going to do this anyway, but it's something they look forward to, and it is fun to check it off afterward. (Remember, I like to put things on my list just so I can check them off!) We just went to a few houses in our neighborhood, mostly to say "hi" to our neighbors. Eliza wanted to dress up like Cinderella and Hattie wanted to wear her Ninja Turtle Costume. It was so cold this year that they had to wear coats, gloves, and hats with their costumes, but they didn't seem to mind.

Celebrate Diwali: Obviously, my 3-year-old and 1-year-old did not add this one to the list. We recently started the process to adopt a little boy from India, and we are trying to learn more about Indian culture and holidays. A pretty big Indian holiday called Diwali happens in the fall, and we celebrated it with friends. You can read more about our celebration in the post "Diwali-ish."

Trunk or Treat: This is an event we do at church every year, but my family (okay, namely me) really loves it because we get to do family costumes! Each family picks a theme, decorates their car to match, and passes out candy. Kids from the community come and trick-or-treat down the line of 50+ cars. It's amazing the amount of candy kids can get in just 30 minutes at this event. Trunk or Treat is always the weekend before Halloween, and it's when I have an excuse to make my family dress in coordinating costumes. I love every minute of it. For school parties or on Halloween, my girls can be whatever they want to be, but we will be a cute matching family at Trunk or Treat for the rest of our lives. (I can't wait to hear them complain when they are teenagers!) This year, we picked something with 4 members because we are hoping and praying that by next Halloween we are a family of 5. We were all Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Of course, my girls wanted tutus to go with their costumes, though!

Eat Candy: Keep it simple, sweetheart. Plus, my kids don't get much candy other than on special occasions, so Eliza requested that this be on our Bucket List. Check!

Kasey's Wedding: My twin brother got married in October, so this was an event that easily made it onto our list. Eliza jumps at any chance to wear a "fancy" dress and sparkly shoes, so she was counting down the days.

Pumpkin Bread: I simultaneously love and hate baking with my girls. Its so messy, it takes twice as long, it may or may not be free from boogers...but they love baking with me, and so we bake! Pumpkin bread is one of our favorites in the fall - closely followed by zucchini bread or anything with cinnamon.

Texas: This year, we decided to go to Abilene, Texas for Thanksgiving. All of Marcus's extended family lives in Abilene. We haven't been in several years, so it was time to make the trip for this holiday. We love our time in Texas...we just don't like the 10+ hour drive with 2 kids. It is always worth it once we get there though! Plus, I didn't have to make a turkey this year.

We fell for fall 2017.

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We fell for fall 2017.

It's A Boy!

It's A Boy!

Diwali-ish 2017

Diwali-ish 2017