This year has been quite a whirlwind. This month, in particular, has been extra crazy in our household.
But guess what? It’s almost over. Can you even believe that in just a few short weeks it will be 2016?
Oh, and did you know that in a few short days I get to decorate for Christmas? I may be a little excited.
Corey and I have been putting a lot of effort this month into recognizing the things we’re thankful for. We have so much going for us and sometimes it’s hard to see the good among all of the difficult. So, here are 30 things I’m thanking my lucky stars I have.
1. Jackson. Well, duh. But really, I adore this kid. Corey and I look at each other at least once a day and ask how in the world we got so lucky. I can’t even imagine life without him and I am so incredibly glad he is in our lives. He bring us so much joy – there are no words. Read More
I’m having one of those weeks where my mind is in a gazillion different places, I’m 100% distracted all day, and I can’t focus on any one thing for too long. Anyone else? It can’t just be me!
I’ve got about a dozen things brewing right now here on the blog and in my “normal” life and I can’t seem to get myself together enough to handle a normal posting schedule on top of it all. So, while I work on getting my crap together I’m bringing you a classic “brain dump” post today. It should be pretty reflective of the insanity happening in my head right now…so, here are 10 random tidbits happening in my brain today.
I’m loving fall and all that goes along with it, but let’s be real – why oh why is it still 70 degrees outside? Doesn’t November mean sweaters and boots? Don’t I complain about this every single year? Why has nothing changed? Should I just accept that fall in Texas doesn’t really mean I get to bundle up? So far, I’m just pretending like it’s cold outside and dressing for the weather I want, not the weather we have.
We’ve been working on crossing things off of our fall bucket list and it’s coming along pretty nicely! Rather than one big update at the end, I thought I’d do a mini-update each month on how we’re doing. So, here’s what we crossed off the list in October:
Go to the pumpkin patch.
We went to a local farm that has a huge pumpkin patch pretty early in the season. Of course, it was still 90+ degrees outside so it hardly felt like a real pumpkin patch trip! I’m hoping to go to a smaller, more local one this week to get some good family photos, but this trip definitely counts for the list!
Carve or paint a pumpkin.
We did this Sunday morning in our pajamas. It was fantastic. Low key, no-stress, and totally fun. Jackson was enthralled with the pumpkin and kept trying to put it back together. When we got it totally cut, he was all about getting it super clean and ready to display. It was adorable.
Have a football-watching party.
We had some family and close friends over this past weekend for soup, football, and a board game. We didn’t all watch the entire game (because it was a quite depressing game) but we had a blast!
Go to some high school football games.
We went to the homecoming game for the high school I work at and also chaperoned the dance afterwards! It was fun, and we always love going to games!
Go one at least one outdoor adventure to soak up the amazing weather.
Our day at Sweet Berry Farms was so much fun! The weather wasn’t quite what I had in mind when we wrote the list, but it was a great time nonetheless. We fed goats (Jackson was obsessed), rode a train, picked wildflowers…it was great!
Burn fall-scented candles.
I have never allowed candles in my house before. When I was a small child our home was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. As a result, I was petrified of thunderstorms as a child (I’ve gotten over that one) and am terrified of fire to this day. I love having a fire in the fireplace (because I know it’s totally contained) but can’t handle being the one to light it, and have always shied away from fire in any other form. But I decided this was the year I started lighting candles and it was lovely! I don’t think I’ll do open candles like these again, because it made me too nervous, but the candles in a glass container were awesome!
Go through a corn maze.
We did this on our big farm day and it was so fun! It was still early in the season so the corn wasn’t very tall, but it was great for Jackson. He thought it was a blast, and even though he doesn’t fully “get” the idea of a maze, it was definitely something we’ll do again!
Get some fall-themed books from the library for Jackson.
This weekend was rainy and cold so it was a perfect time to curl up with some books! Jack and I ran to the library after his nap on Sunday afternoon to pick some out and we’ll be reading them all week! I really want to get back in the habit of going to the library more often – we did all the time in the summer but we haven’t kept up with it.
I think we’re doing pretty good on our list so far! We still have over a month left and have concrete plans to cross off at least 5 more items in the next few weeks!
If you’ve hung out here for any length of time you know I’m a big fan of bucket lists. We always do them throughout the Christmas season, and I usually create one for the summer (and I always forget to actually post an update on that one!). Now that Jackson is getting older and starting to enjoy more of the activities and various seasonal things we do together, I want to start creating small lists for each season so we can make sure to really get the most out of all of the fun things that go along with them.
Last year we did a pretty good job of embracing fall (our adorable pumpkin patch photo below is still one of my all-time favorites!) but this year I want to do even more – Jackson is at a perfect age for so many fun fall activities, and I want to soak up one of my absolute favorite times of year. So, here’s our fall family bucket list – my goal is to cross ’em all off by December 1st!
Go to the pumpkin patch
Carve or paint a pumpkin
Have a football-watching party (or just go to one!)
Order Chinese food and watch a scary movie on Halloween
Take a family photo decked out in our Aggie gear
Go to some high school football games
Go one at least one outdoor adventure to soak up the amazing weather
Make some homemade soup!
Go on a hayride
Make some chili
Visit a winery
Soak up the fall foliage
Burn fall-scented candles
Go to a Halloween festival
Go to the farmer’s market
Go through a corn maze
Get some fall-themed books from the library for Jackson
Make a list of what we’re thankful for as a family
Watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Drink hot chocolate (crossing my fingers it gets cold enough for this one!)