Happy Fall! It has arrived.
Yesterday was the first official day of autumn. I celebrated by pulling out my fall wreath for the front door and putting the summer one away.
I am seeing all the talk of fall everywhere this week – lots of “fall” themed podcast episodes are popping up on my feed, fall images everywhere, pumpkin recipes floating around, people coming out with “fall fun lists” and starting to visit the corn mazes and picking apples.
I love fall. I love the whole season from now until after Christmas. The holidays are just FUN to me. I also love decorating my house for them all. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy! I also really don’t mind the shorter, darker days- I love lighting candles or turning the fireplace on and putting my slipper socks on. Haha! I know I might be in the minority on that one though.
We decorate quite a bit for Halloween, both inside and outside. Generally we (we= me and the boys- Ivan never lifts a finger to decorate anything. Party pooper.) pick a weekend evening and will pull out all the boxes and light some fall scented candles and start going to town!
We have lots of little pumpkin/ skeleton/ witch light up figurines that you can put those battery operated tea light candles in which I swap in on our built-in bookshelves surrounding the fireplace. I also have a couple of larger decorative pumpkins that can be lit up, and in the past I have hung orange twinkle lights (inside) in a few places.
The boys love turning all the lights off and seeing the orange glow everywhere once we are done. It’s a really fun tradition! We have it penciled in for this upcoming Saturday night.
I have never written out a “Fall Family Fun To- Do List” like I see many other bloggers do. We have some season staples that we like to do but I’ve never taken the time to really brainstorm any new ideas. Maybe I will, I don’t know.
Some things we typically do (off the top of my head):
-make homemade apple pie. We may or may not go “apple picking” (sometimes we “pick” them from the grocery store bin, LOL!), but we always make a pie.
-the decorating stuff (see above)
-a farm day/ pumpkin patch trip
-a corn maze (last year was the first time we did a bigger one- SO FUN!)
-rake huge piles of leaves in the yard for the boys to jump and dive in on a perfect, crisp, fall day. I always take a bunch of photos and videos. It always feels very much like “the perfect childhood memory” or something and I get all happy and emotional watching them laugh and roll in the leaves.
-make chili. Always on Halloween night, but sometimes even before then I make a batch.
-Go for a hike/ nature walk somewhere to enjoy the fall weather and leaves
-We are hit or miss on the pumpkin carving. We usually do it, but several years we have literally been carving them at 3 pm on Halloween to squeeze it in.
-We normally make Halloween themed cupcakes on or near Halloween and decorate them together with fun sprinkles.
-Hours of fall yard clean up, raking, cutting back plants, putting away lawn furniture, etc. (just kidding- this one doesn’t belong on the family fun list. It’s just a necessary evil of home ownership 😀.)
Stay tuned next weekend! I’m sure I’ll share some pics once we get our decorations up.
What are your favorite fall traditions?? Leave a comment and I’ll add them to my list!
I am grateful for quick delivery yesterday of some chemicals for the hot tub that I needed. We got a starter kit when the hot tub was delivered, but I needed more of one chemical in particular and waited a bit too long to place the order. Fortunately, it shipped and arrived in less than 2 days! Perfect timing before I ran out. I’m grateful for that.