Our weather has been amazing the past two months and we’ve been enjoying as much time outside as possible. We’ve done all the traditional autumn activities that make fall so perfect; apple picking, baking bread, visiting gardens, buying pumpkins and gourds at the farmer’s market, eating (too many) pumpkin donuts, going to the park, visiting the pumpkin patch, playing in the leaves and chasing sunsets.
We are truly enjoying our summer so much. It took a couple weeks for the kids (well, and me) to get used to Hudson being around all the time again, but all of a sudden it just clicked. I’m not saying that there’s no fighting (there’s definitely fighting!) and that everything is sunshine and rainbows, but it is back to the way it was before he ever went to school. And it feels good. I love having have both kids here all day every day. It fills me up.
Although we are enjoying our summer, I feel like I’m putting too much pressure on myself to make it unforgettable. (Is that a mom thing or am I a little crazy?! Don’t answer that.) Maybe it’s because I have such great memories of summer as a kid. I grew up in a perfect neighborhood for kids, was surrounded by my best friends who lived on the same street as me and spent most of my time swimming in our pool. It was magical and perfect and it seemed as though summer lasted forever. Now because of the early start date of school it feels too short and as though I’ll be sending him back in the middle of summer. I’m constantly dreading the day that he has to leave us again and it seems like it’s approaching at high speed. I’ve never felt like this before…like I want to absorb every second of time with him because he’ll be gone soon.
Everyone told me that once my kids started school I would get excited to have them home for summer, but that I’d be more than ready to send them back at the end of summer. I can honestly say that I don’t feel that way at all. In fact, I love having my kids around so much that I’m often contemplating homeschooling them. My husband hates the idea. I think it would be amazing. It’s not something I think will happen this year though. Maybe never, but a girl can dream. So in the meantime I plan to keep enjoying every minute of this beautiful summer. We’ll keep crossing the fun off our Summer Bucket List, eating too much ice cream, staying up past bedtime, running through the sprinkler and making our own summer magic. Right now summer you are my favorite.
While I was designing Hudson’s birthday invitations and decorations (he is having a bug themed party) I was inspired to create our annual Summer Bucket List for 2015. It’s a bit early considering we are just finally starting to really see Spring arrive in our part of the country, but that’s okay. It gives us more time to make plans and I have a really cool project planned that will correspond with our bucket lists for each season. Stay tuned for that.
The kids love these lists and think it’s so much fun to cross activities off throughout the summer. My husband and I love them too because they’re a great resource on those days when you just can’t seem to keep the kids from being bored and bickering.
Here is my design for 2015. Feel free to right click, save it to your computer and print out your own copy. Pin it and share it with friends too!
Note: This list is for personal use only.
As you can see if you compare the lists, I keep all of our favorite activities each year, but try to change things up a bit too. This year I one of the activities I added is a “hooray” day. I have that planned for Hudson’s first day of summer break. I’ll post more about it when the date gets closer in case you’d like to have your own “hooray” day.
And if you’re interested here are the previous year’s lists:
I hope you find these lists helpful, fun and super cute! Enjoy!
Is there anything you would add to your list? I love to hear about it!
We’ve been pretty lucky here in Nebraska so far this winter. The temps in January were so mild and unseasonably warm that some of my little bulbs in the flower bed out front started sprouting up and our neighbors Silver Maple tree grew buds. But we knew it couldn’t last and this past week we were hit with lots of snow. I know it’s good for the ground so we aren’t in a drought, but that doesn’t make it hate it any less and I really hope the shock of the cold temps doesn’t hurt the trees.
The snow was actually quite pretty this time though and Hudson ended up having two snow days from school, so I guess it wasn’t so horrible. And it’s supposed to get up to around 40 degrees and sunny this weekend which will have that snow melting like crazy in no time.
These photos almost make me wish I had some snowshoes so I could go wander off in the silence for awhile. Almost.
My parents are coming for a visit this weekend so I have lots to get done before they get here tomorrow night.
We’ve all been pretty under the weather around here the past two weeks. I think it’s finally getting back to normal again so hopefully I can start posting more.
Even though this winter has been rather mild as far as the weather is concerned, I’ve still needed a few things to help me get through it. Why is it that the dark bothers me so much more now that I’m a parent than it ever did before? Anyway this year I decided to buy a Happy Light from Amazon after reading about how helpful they are when it comes to keeping the winter blues at bay. I’ve only been using it for about two weeks, so I’m not sure I can really report how well it works yet, but I like using it.
I also starting crossing items off of a Spring Cleaning list that I came across on Pinterest. I love this list. It has all the essentials on it, plus some that I wouldn’t have thought of. I figure by the time I complete a majority of it it will be Spring.
I’ve or I should say we’ve (the whole family) been getting outside as much as possible. The temps have been in the 50’s for the past two weeks and we have been outside for at least 20-30 almost every day. And if we can’t get out that long, we try to at least do 10 minutes. Getting fresh air and feeling the actual sun on your face makes all the difference this time of year.
I’ve also added more light to our house. I finally bought a new lamp for the other side of our living room. We previously only had one lamp on one side of the room which meant it was pretty dark, too dark for someone who pretty much hates daylight savings. I love having the new lamp so much that I also went out and bought two new lamps for our nightstands in our bedroom. We only had one before and I’ve wanted to move it to Harper’s room and buy a new shade for it forever. I ended up buying these from Target. I love the color and I love that our bedroom is filled with a lot more light.
I’ve also just simply been trying to enjoy all the simple things that I love like getting coffee on the weekends and watching our favorite shows.
There’s really only one whole month (hooray for it being the shortest month!) of winter left and it’s already staying light out later, so Spring is on the horizon. I. Can’t. Wait.
This was taken at sunrise last week. Pretty spectacular.
We didn’t take a family vacation this year. Jeremy was switching to a new job in the middle of summer and took a week off in between, but we just hung around the house and spent a lot of time outside.
Then this fall when Hudson had his break from school, we considered going somewhere, but decided to just save all our favorite fall activities for that week. It was a busy and super fun three days. The weather couldn’t have been better and the kids were so well behaved.
Our little staycation started on Wednesday with a visit to the local pumpkin patch. But this isn’t just any pumpkin patch. It’s called Vala’s and it’s HUGE. I think I read somewhere once that they bring in like a $1,000,000 each season. Whaaa? That’s super crazy given that the season is only like 6 weeks long! My point is that it’s an awesome place; however, never, ever go on a weekend. We’ve done it on more than one occasion and it was awful. TOO busy. So, since we finally learned our lesson, we went in the middle of the week. It’s the only way to go. Not only is it less busy, but it’s also cheaper. Score.
Everything we did at the patch was free with the exception of the pony rides, which were ridiculously expensive at $6 per ride, but we decided to splurge on one activity. It was either the pony rides or the train. They’ve been on train rides before, so we chose the ponies. They loved it. It was totally worth the money. Plus, they don’t get many opportunities to ride a real pony, so we loved that they got to have a new experience.
Thursday we took the kids to the zoo. It was another beautiful day. We are zoo members, so we go a lot but hadn’t been for a while. They were putting up all the Halloween decorations. The kids loved it. I didn’t take my big camera on any of our adventures because I just didn’t want to have to haul it around. So all these photos were taken with my iPhone.
On Friday we took the kids to the Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari that’s off the interstate just outside of Omaha. The kids love going because they can sit on our laps in the front seat while we drive through the safari and then there’s a spot where you can get out and walk to see bears and wolves and then hike to a little lake and back. It’s kind of a hidden gem.
We ended up having to cut our fun a little short because Hudson came down with a fever and had to go to the doctor. So we spent the rest of the weekend around our house. It was so much fun, but very exhausting!
Yesterday we took the kids to an awesome arboretum to take their fall photos (usually the ones we use for our Christmas cards). I knew the kids would have fun for a little while, but figured I would need something to keep them interested. I found the perfect activity.
A while ago I saw the idea on a blog somewhere for packing tape bracelets to use to collect leaves on walks and hikes. I’ve been meaning to do it with the kids forever, so this was a great opportunity. It worked like a charm. They did in fact get bored after about a half an hour, but once we busted out the tape and they could stick leaves to it, they were all about having their pics taken again. Jeremy and I did it too and it was fun finding the perfect leaves and sticking them on the bracelets.
I’m so happy that it’s October and that fall is in full swing here in Nebraska. The sunrises are pink and gold. The leaves are finally starting to explode with color, I harvested the pumpkins we grew and because our house has pretty much zero insulation, we’ve already had to turn our furnace on at night. I’m in full fall mode. I’m actually sitting here writing this and watching the leaves blow off of our tree. It’s beautiful.
I always try to enjoy this season to it’s fullest. Not only because it’s Mother Nature’s last hurrah before the cold winter arrives, but because there is just nothing like fall and all the beauty and excitement it has to offer.
I can’t get enough pumpkin flavored everything. These homemade pumpkin donut holes are a favorite around here. They’re really more like tiny muffins. My kids devour them.
I’ve also been indulging in a few too many pumpkin donuts from Dunkin Donuts. They’re really the only donuts I like from there. They’re spectacular. Yeah. I’m gonna need to run some extra miles on the treadmill to make up for these, but worth it.
We’ve been crossing activities off our Fall Bucket List, which you can find here. And this past weekend we went to a local garden for an Autumn festival. (I actually be sharing more about this later)
We’ve also made a few fall crafts with the kids and I have some more planned for the coming weeks.
This is such a beautiful season. We have so many fun activities planned during Hudson’s fall break next week. I can’t wait!
What are some of your fall traditions? Isn’t it just the best?!
I created our Fall Bucket List again this year and thought I would share it with you. If you would like to print your own copy (for personal use only please) simply right click on the photo, save to your computer and print. Simple as that.
We’ve already crossed one thing off the list and are looking forward to enjoying fall to its fullest!
P.S. In case you are interested, you can check out the list for 2013. Generally we do a lot of the same things each year, but I try to add a few different things too.