My oldest just started kindergarten and I was so excited, but let me tell you it has been hard. I’m a crazy person who wakes up on my own around 5:30-6am. However, my mornings are no longer quite, or out running for an hour before taking a long hot shower. Now I start my day in a rush, so I can then get my son up and ready for school. I think he might be the slowest eater ever and not sure why going to the bathroom has turned into a power struggle but yeah, mornings just aren’t the same.
Work has been especially crazy with early calls with London and dinner time calls with Singapore. Now that it is Fall soccer is back on and with that and my kids’ other activities and the evenings just fly by. I don’t want our weekends to fill up with chores and all the other stuff I am not doing during the week.
So as we all fall into Fall I thought it would be helpful to make a must do list. Seattle is absolutely beautiful in the fall and the amber leaves don’t last that long. Here is what I hope to add to our weekends before winter arrives:
- Festival – Check out Facebook events and find a festival in your area. Here we have the Vashon CiderFest on 10/6 to taste some local cider and bouncy house fun at the fire station. Plus just taking the boat ferry there will be an adventure.
- Apple Picking – We live in Seattle so there are a ton of places to go in WA to pick apples. Find a u-pink in your area and get ready to make some yummy fall treats.
- Bake Pies – Something about fall makes you want to eat spices and cozy up inside with your loved ones and fire. If you go apple picking, make an apple pie or my other favorite pumpkin, or both!
- Fall Leave Art – Go for a walk and collect fall leaves to do crafts with your little ones at home.
- Gardening – Plant bulbs and make sure to do it before November. I forget this every year since its cold and the last thing I think of is gardening, but come spring you will be thankful.
- Do a Race – Find a fun family race to do together. I know there are a few here in Seattle at Green Lake and maybe a kids dash. If you are kids are 5 and under try doing the color run for free.
- Chilli – Make a big batch of vegetarian chili (freeze a bunch for easy dinner nights).
- Make Pumpkin Bread – This might happen a few times. My kids and I love to bake.
- Carve Pumpkins – Can’t forget a fall classic. We love carving pumpkins!!!
- Halloween Playdate – Host a Halloween playdate early in the fall. Have everyone bring old customs and do a trade at the playdate. Have your guest help decorate for fall or do a fall activity to get everyone in the spirit.
- Thankfulness – Find creative ways to share what you are thankful for with family.
- NOvember – Last year my family started doing NOvember, a month of no spending, save money, and do free fun stuff. We still pay our bills and buy food but we don’t do anything extra. Kind of excited to do it again this year and raise the bar!
- Fort Fun – Something about fall makes you want to curl up and snuggle with your family and a good book. On our list, this fall is to build a pillow, blanket fort, snuggle up, and read some fall favorites.
- Day of the Dead – Mexican culture is a part of my families history and every fall I move the shrine I have in my office to the fireplace mantel in our living room. Last year my Dad joined that shrine and it was a way to talk about death to my kids. We want a cartoon around the day of the dead and spend the afternoon talking about family and loved ones no longer with us.
- SOUPS – Fall is busy and I am still getting the hang of having a little one in school. Soups are fun, easy, and so nice on a cold dark evening. Seattle summers are hot so I really look forward to Fall and eating soups. If you follow me or my foodie hubby on Instagram you will see a lot of vegetarian soups this fall.
- SMORE’s – There is this small window between summer and fall when it is cold enough to light a fire pit in our backyard and just dark enough to enjoy. We missed this last year and this time around I hope to set aside an evening to buddle up with blankets and make SMORE’s in the backyard after dinner.
- Stargazing – It is a special treat living in the Pacific North West and experiencing the seasons. Fall is the shift for the dark sky to arrive earlier and earlier. This fall I want to take advantage of it and set up our air mattress or inflatable pool up and create a cozy nest of pillows and blankets as we stargaze. There are fun phone apps you can download to help find the different constellations like Sky Guide.
- Keeping Others Warm – Right around now I take all of our winter coats to the dry cleaner and assess what still fits for my kids. Whatever does not fit or no longer needed is gather up and donate to shelters in our community.
- Make a Bird Feeder – Make a pine cone bird feeder. Go for a walk and find pinecones to do a craft activity at home.
- Drink Hot Cider – Make some hot cider at home and take a thermos to the beach or lake and take in the fall evening or afternoon with family.
Happy Fall * Liana