BUCKET LIST UPDATE
Okay, as promised, here is an update on our fall bucket list. Because I know you're all dying to see what we've checked off (little sarcasm;))! Click HERE to see the full list. With just one week until halloween, I've got to get the pumpkin-patch involved items, done! Thus far we have.....
- gone on a family bike ride
- hiked weekly (trail walked)
- made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with Scar
- took the kids to silver lake to walk the board walk (which was snowy! what the heck?! still beautiful.)
- collected leaves with Welles
- decorated pumpkins
What has my favorite item been thus far? Our first fall hike. I get school-girl giddy over being surrounded by all of the fall colors in the crisp autumn air. It was magical until I didn't let Scarlett throw a giant rock in the direction of other children (which she did anyways). Then I ended up carrying her (kicking and screaming), over my shoulder halfway down the trail. ;) At that point there was a long apology and begging to stay and collect leaves. I gave in and we enjoyed the rest of our walk, until the next melt-down from Welles who fell and bonked his poor little head. #toddlerdrama But over all, it was so refreshing and rejuvenating getting out with my kids like that. Sometimes I stop myself from these little adventures because they end up being a lot of work and usually don't go the way imagine they'll go. BUT I am always glad when I force myself to do the extra work and experience these little chaotic and adventures. Creating memories!
I also loved leaf collecting with Welles. We did it his way and at his pace. We ended up just throwing them, which was more fun anyways.
And making pumpkin cookies with Scarlett was exactly what we both needed. Not just for the delicious calories, but because she thrives when I give her an assignment and one-on-one time. We giggled and talked about her preschool friends, what she wants for christmas (a favorite topic of hers) and what she's good at (another favorite topic of hers)! We made the easiest cookies on earth. HERE is the recipe I found in case you wanted to make cookies with a toddler and know that even three simple steps can take a good thirty minutes!
Ahhh, this truly is the best time of year. Someone just shove a pumpkin pie in my face, please.