Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love when the heat of summer goes away, replaced by the crisp autumn air. Football games, sweaters, boots, pumpkin spice lattes – this season is the best. This year, I decided to make a list of all fun fall things our family should enjoy. The pressures of work obligations, graduate school commitments and mommy responsibilities can feel never-ending, so I wanted to make a list of what we have to look forward to this season. I sat down with my three-year-old daughter, Ava, to brainstorm the fall activities we should put on our checklist. Here’s what we came up with.
- Go to the pumpkin patch
The kids love to play in the corn pool, feed the animals, and pick out pumpkins.
- Bake cookies
Warm up the house with the smell of fresh cookies coming from the oven.
- Dress up for Halloween
Time to get their costumes picked out for this year!
- Drink hot apple cider
Is there anything better than sipping hot apple cider while walking through the pumpkin patch?
- Take family pictures
The fall colors, the leaves, the sweaters! It’s a perfect time to get pictures for our holiday card.
- Ava’s 4th birthday party
I love throwing birthday parties for my kids. I can’t believe my oldest will be four years old!
- Eat cider donuts
Our pumpkin patch has fantastic cider donuts that are not to be missed.
- Participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s with the Alpha Epsilon collegians at Iowa State
This will be the first Walk to End Alzheimer’s with my kids – and I hope to make it an annual tradition. Find a walk near you.
- Decorate the house for fall
I’ve got to get out all my pumpkins and make the house look festive!
- Bake pumpkin bread
I love to make mini loaves of pumpkin bread and give them to our family at Ava’s birthday party and also take some to share at work.
- Ava starts preschool and dance classes
We’ve been counting down the days until classes start. I’ve made a “first day of preschool” sign, we have school supplies, and her backpack is ready.
- Cheer for the Iowa State Cyclones
Football AND basketball in the same season – so many opportunities to cheer on our team!
- Celebrate Sigma Kappa Founders’ Day with the Alpha Epsilon collegiate chapter and Central Iowa alumnae chapter
After the Founders’ Day program, we pack boxes full of Maine Seacoast Mission donations.
- Make apple crisp
I need to find a tried and true apple crisp recipe. I think I’ll start with this one.
- Go to the Iowa State Cyclones Homecoming pep rally
Delicious BBQ, bouncy houses, and the marching band make this a fun night!
- Try butterscotch M&M’s
Have you seen these yet in the store? I’m on the hunt.
- Go on a hayride
It’s not fall until you’ve taken a hayride!
- Decorate pumpkins
We usually stick with painting pumpkins because my kids are little – eventually we’ll graduate to carving.
- Make crockpot meals
I love the convenience of using a slow cooker for meals. This is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes.
- Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The kids love watching all the huge balloons go by and it puts us in the mood for a fun Thanksgiving with family.
What’s on your fall bucket list? Make sure to enjoy this season before the snow begins to fall!