Fall Bucket List

So, I saw this really cute topic on other blogs where the authors made a Fall bucket list! I thought that was such a cute idea so I am bumming the idea from them…in the hopes that my husband will take notice and make some of these things happen! Wink, wink, Bray Brooks!

1.Pumpkin Hollow

We almost always do Pumpkin Hollow! For as long as I can remember, we have made the trek…even before we had children. The entertainment portion for us has changed dramatically though. Instead of the Butcher Barn, now we are taking pony rides and playing on the play ground equipment.

I’m going to get geared up for it by reminiscing about last year…

This year we will be adding sweet baby Rowan to the picture!

This year we will be adding sweet baby Rowan to the picture!

Let me tell ya about this kid and ponies!

Let me tell ya about this kid and ponies!

Even rubber ones!

Even rubber ones!

Sweet Baby Hawkins was barely 3 months old last year!

Sweet Baby Hawkins was barely 3 months old last year!

2. Powhatan Courthouse Ghost Walk

I have not been to the ghost walk since I was a kid. The courthouse is literally a mile from our house (1.2 miles according to Google)! This year the Ghost Walk is on October 20th. I really want to start spending more time at this historical treasure. I wish that there was a way to draw more people in so that they can appreciate it as well. I noticed on the events calendar that they are going to have a soap making class and a dutch oven class? How fun does that sound?!

About 2 weeks ago, Bray got some new video equipment and he tried it out on the courthouse grounds. We were there after hours so we couldn’t go inside, but the kids and I were just content to play in the grass and watch the trucks drive by with their boats and RVs. Does that scream boy mom?

3. Ghost of Davidsonville

This is something that I have never been able to do and I would love to this year if we can. A “haunted” hay ride at Davidsonville State Park. Some friends and my parents have done it in the past and seemed to like it pretty well.

4. Cute Halloween Everything

I want to do cute Halloween everything! Cute coordinating costumes for my boys…cute halloween decor…cute party favors and treats for my kids’ classes at daycare and Pre-K. I, however, am a realist. I will probably be scrambling around last minute for a costume that I can make out of a hoodie and some sweatpants. No cute burlap pumpkins on my tablescape. And, more than likely my children’s classmates will end up with store bought cupcakes…with ugly purple icing…cliche sprinkles…and plastic cupcake toppers that every mother dreads their children bringing home because of their irrational attachment when said toy is headed for the trash.

Sorry, Mrs. Bray and Mrs. RIta! I have every intention of trying. It’s the thought that counts, right? Who knows?! Maybe I will surprise you. Might even surprise myself!

We at least did matching Mickey Halloween jammies last year!

We at least did matching Mickey Halloween jammies last year!

5. Spend a whole day at the park

I feel like this is something that we do not do near enough of…mostly because who wants to fight the heat and the mosquitoes. But, it is hopefully going to start to cool down and the mosquitoes will fly the coop! We have several great parks near us and I would like to pack a lunch and spend the whole day at the park playing with my kids. No interruptions, no cell phones…just the great outdoors, my husband, and my munchkins.

6. Smores with the kiddos

I would prefer to do this around a campfire…but two toddlers near fire spells disaster! I am going to need a whole passel of adults on hand to be able to keep my two out of the fire and be able to roast marshmallows at the same time. BUT, I am going to try and make it work! It’s on the bucket list for Heaven’s sake! I have to try! Asa will love the construction of it, Hawkins will love the destruction.

7. Host a Friendsgiving

My friend Ashley approached me with this a few weeks ago and made this suggestion. This will be the first Thanksgiving in 3 years that we will be in our own home. We have a great group of individuals that we love doing life with and I am looking forward to celebrating time with them and reflecting on the blessings that God has poured into our lives.

8. Spend a day with the hubs hiking

We spent a day a few weeks ago with some friends in Boxley Valley (see last blog post here) and did a few hiking trails. It was beautiful! I am just wondering how much prettier it will be when the leaves start to change and the heat of the summer doesn’t have all of the falls dried up. I would like to do a full day hike (new trail, same trail, I don’t care!) with just Bray. Just us and the quiet serenity of Mother Nature. We rarely spend “uncomplicated” time together. It is usually cluttered with external stimuli from just life and work. It is rarely just us. It is usually us and the kids…or if we manage to pawn the kids off, us and a group of friends or colleagues. Not just, he and I. The good thing about these hikes is no cell service. No technology to clog up our communication and mental presence with one another.

Can you imagine sitting here with all of the fall colors on the surrounding trees? Bray took this picture when we went hiking. I have no idea who the guys are, but the view is awe inspiring! How can you look at something like that and not feel immediate humility and closeness to God? For just the few moments that we sat there, I felt deeply in His Presence! I’d love to go back and reflect in it for hours!

Can you imagine sitting here with all of the fall colors on the surrounding trees? Bray took this picture when we went hiking. I have no idea who the guys are, but the view is awe inspiring! How can you look at something like that and not feel immediate humility and closeness to God? For just the few moments that we sat there, I felt deeply in His Presence! I’d love to go back and reflect in it for hours!

9. Movie Night In (x2)

I want to do 2 different movie nights for sure…at home.

I want to put a movie on, make a pillow pallet in the floor, get some yummy goodies, and cuddle with my littles. I mainly just want some down time to enjoy my family. We are always so busy and stuck in our routine of work-dinner-bath-bed that we do not get to just sit and enjoy one another. I am thinking Coco for the boys! I watched it the other day…by myself…it was so cute! Is it completely sad that when I have downtime to myself I much prefer a Disney Pixar movie to any chick flick?

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For the other one, I want it to be just Bray and I. Dinner at home, followed by snuggling on the couch, a cup of Joe in hand, blankets and fuzzy socks while we watch a movie. Not too much to ask, is it? I don’t really even care which kind of movie it is…as long as it isn’t scary. (My heart is secretly squealing to play catch up on The Avengers though!)

10. Pioneer Lane Pumpkin Patch in Cave City

Have I been living under a rock or did this pumpkin patch just pop up this year? I have been following them on Facebook and it looks really interesting. They open this weekend on September 29th! I saw that they have pony rides…and as you saw earlier, we go where the ponies go! If you make it there before I do, let me know how it is!

11. Somebody needs to get a big buck!

We are hoping for deer meat in the freezer!

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12. Try some of the Tinkergarten DIYs

I stumbled across a program called Tinkergarten. Best I can tell, It reminds me sort of like extracurricular educational programs like Kindermusik, but instead it applies different social and developmental skills with outside play. They have several DIY projects/classes on their website and they all look really interesting. I want to try some of them out with my kiddos. I keep coming back to their website and reading more and more about it. My children love to be outside and I think it is a win-win if they are developing important skills at the same time. If experimenting with my children goes well, I may consider applying to become a Tinkergarten teacher and host classes on the weekend so that I have access to the full curriculum. Would any local mommas be interested in doing that? Or, do you know of anyone around here already doing something like that so I can just take my kids and not have to teach?


What are your favorite Fall things to do? Am I missing anything that you think we would enjoy?