2016 Fall Bucket List: Update #2

It’s been a few weeks since our first bucket list check in. In years past, I’ve always stopped working on our fall list after Halloween. In an attempt to “respect the bird” I thought we would stretch our list out until Thanksgiving. I think this approach is working, but I also feel pretty distracted by all things Christmas. I may or may not already have our Christmas bucket list made too. #ICantHelpMyself

Let’s take a look at what we’ve recently marked off.

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Bob for apples

On Halloween day I scrubbed out our sink, filled it with water, and let the girls bob for apples. It was hysterical and they found it oh so entertaining too. In fact, it kept them entertained for almost an hour. We should do this more often. 

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Carve pumpkins

Tradition in our house is mom cleans out the pumpkin and dad carves it with the girls. Eventually we’ll turn them loose with knives, but I told them they had to learn to clean their own pumpkin first… so that may never happen.

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Make s’mores

S’mores were made in the dark by the light of our fire pit and a full moon. The girls LOVE having bonfires in the backyard as a family and I do too.

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Go Trick or Treating

Trick or treating was another huge success. We happily escorted our Veterinarian and Tinker-Minnie and we had the company of my MIL and our good friends too. You can read more about our Halloween here if you missed it.

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Halloween Movie Night

Every year I think I am going to watch more Halloween movies with the girls, but every year I chicken out. Once again our Halloween movie night was the Curious George Halloween special. Some year, some year we may finally be more adventurous.

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Nature walk

The girls and I took Russ on a nature walk one beautiful Saturday morning. The girls love “hiking” down to the creek-side and “skipping rocks” This trip was way more successful than our last attempt at rock skipping. Having Russ around to help made a BIG difference.

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Make apple dumplings

Apple dumplings are one of those recipes that I have wanted to make for YEARS now. In the end I think we decided that we’d rather just eat apple pie instead. But, it was fun to try something new.

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Have a bonfire

Obviously if we made s’mores we had a bonfire. On a separate night Russ and I took advantage of the girls being at AWANA and sat around the fire pit for a couple of hours by ourselves. It was the perfect unexpected mid-week time together. I guess I could call this our date night too, but I am holding out for something more official.

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With 8 more things completed we’ve managed to narrow our list of 24 to only 9. Is it likely that we’ll finish those 9 things over the next 2 weeks? Probably not. But, we’ll do the best we can!

Are you still working on your fall list?

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  • Jessica

    Oh my, bobbing for apples looks like so much fun. I love the photos of the girls! You guys are doing so great on your bucket list. Can’t wait to see you finish off the list.

    • We are going to try our hardest! We have a few more things planned for the weekend to hopefully put a good dent in it!

  • Amy Smith

    Look at you guys go! Awesome job! I haven’t even checked our bucket list…I should probably do that. ha!

    • I used to do that all the time. This spring I finally started printing them out and displaying them where I can see them. It has made all the difference.

  • Those apple dumplings look awesome!!! And I’m with you on the scary movie. We watch Charlie Brown and the great pumpkin here! Way to go!

    • They were pretty good. We should watch that one too. Maybe we’ll switch to that for next year!

  • Lizzie Simantz

    I love seeing how much you guys have done this season!! Such great memories being made! We NEED to have a bonfire before our weather freezes, maybe this weekend!

    • I know, right?! Freezing temps are coming soon. I hope y’all are able to squeeze one in!

  • Great job so far, and so much fun!

  • Look at all that fun! The bobbing for apples pics are just the best!

    • That picture of Marissa is going to make me smile for YEARS!

  • You guys are on fire crossing things off of your list! And those apple dumplings look so good. I’ve never had one before. You should post the recipe! And I am with you on the scary movies… we always watch Charlie Brown and that’s about it. I’m not into all of the scary stuff. It freaks me out!

    • I had never done it before either. I probably would have shared it, but I didn’t know if they’d turn out and didn’t want to take a million photos for nothing :P. If I find the link again I’ll send it your way.

      Totally agree. The least thing I need is scared kids not wanting to got to bed.

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    SO MUCH GOOD STUFF!!
    Bobbing for apples is hilarious. The last time I did that I was nine. I need to try that with Marcus next year.
    I’m good with s’mores anytime of year, and I love any excuse to have them!!
    The Halloween movie night is a fun idea! We still have The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on repeat. I think we need to watch it together next year!
    WOAH. Your apple dumplings look SO GOOD!!

    • Oh my goodness you were almost Marissa’s age. She was friggin awesome she finally realized the only way to get one was to shove her head in. Baha ha. Swim lessons for the win again!

      They were pretty great. I still like the pie more though.

  • chall1018

    I think I will struggle with the last of our list because I already have all things Christmas on the brain! Eeek…But, you guys have made a pretty great dent in your list. And if you don’t finish it? That’s okay, too. Grace friend, grace. Oh and Christmas! Love all of the pictures.

    • Girl, YES! Just yes. Your list was HUGE too. I love a big ol’ list. But, the bigger they get, the harder they are to finish. I am hoping to cross off geo caching and play in the leaves today. Maybe we can drink apple cider and make a craft & have a chili night tomorrow. Then that just leaves a pie to make and our day trip is Wednesday when we go to KC for Emily’s eyes. That sounds totally doable right? But yes if we don’t finish, grace for sure.

  • Stories of Our Boys

    Oh, I love this. You know what’s funny? If I had tried to make that pretty autumn bucket list with all the cool fonts, like yours above, it would have taken me like 2 hours. But I LOVE the fall activities.

    • Lololol! I think it used to take me 4 ;). Anymore I just update an old list and save myself a huge chunk of time. Thank you!

  • What do you mean, “probably not”?! I beg to differ. If anyone can do it- you can! I think Id like to join in on a backyard bonfire 🙂

    • Oh Whitney you have to be one of my biggest cheerleaders. I think I’d love that too.

  • Meghan Flinn

    You sure do stay busy and have fun! I love curious George and had no clue they have a Halloween special? We love the Christmas one!

    • WHAT?!?!?! I guess Noah would have been a baby or not even born yet when it first came out. Do you have Netflix? Look up George Boo Fest and you should find it.

  • How the HELL do you stay so thin with all the goodies you bake? I just gained 3 pounds looking at the dumplings.

    • I bake and make everyone else eat what bake ;). That and I run, like a lot, like a WHOLE lot. Okay that’s last bit is a lie.

  • We are having a bonfire tonight! They are so fun! Now, let’s see if I can get the kids to bob for apples, that would be hilarious!

    • You should totally give the apple bobbing a try. It entertained my girls for an hour. It was awesome. Hope your fire was lovely.

  • Oooohhhhh! S’mores over the fire pit! YES please. I make my s’mores in the microwave because we don’t have a fire pit. haha! Yeah, not quite the same, but it does ratify my craving quite well! lol

    • I have never tried the microvave but I have often contemplated the stove (ours is gas). I also saw that you can roast them over those little fire things they use to keep catered food warm!

  • Whitney Jordan

    I’ve been meaning to make apple pie, but I keep putting it off. I love it, but it seems like a lot of work 🙂 Your nature walk looks like it was a good time and your apple bobbing pictures made me laugh. I haven’t done that since i was a kid!

    • They ARE a lot of work. I usually have some homemade apple pie filling on hand so that always makes it a little bit easier. It was the best. You have to do it with your kiddos in a few years :).