Friday, October 10, 2008

Fall To-Do List

I was reading SuperFunMama's blog and she had an autumn to-do list. This is my favorite time of year but in Kentucky I've learned to dread it. I've never liked winter, and my experience in Kentucky has been short autumns and springs sandwiching much too long winters. As I mentioned in a previous post, my recent trip to my hometown reminded me of how much I love fall, so I thought I'd try to reclaim it with my own autumn to-do list.

  1. Make vegetable soup. I have a pretty constant "recipe" that I use, but since I plan to eat it a lot the next few weeks (low calorie, and I love this stuff) I'm thinking about switching it up a little.

  2. Go to Huber' Farm in Starlight, IN.

  3. Attend my high school reunion. I thought these were usually in the summer, but ours is taking place during our high school homecoming. I missed the 10th, so I'm looking forward to our 15th.

  4. Taking a in-the-leaves portrait of our daughter. I saw a really cool photo of a baby in leaves about eight years ago, and last year I just didn't get around to staging the photo shoot. So even though Abigail is a toddler now, I'll try to get it this year.

  5. Hot tea. I love hot tea, but don't drink it much. We just bought a sampler pack so I'm excited to try some new flavors.

  6. Eat candy corn. Well, I'm not having any trouble there! I'm always on the hunt for fall banana candy though.

  7. Make Christmas presents. We haven't discussed our Christmas giving plans with anyone we exchange with yet, but I might try to make a few gifts this year. We'll see. That's an ambitious goal unless I find a way to involve Abigail.

  8. Take Zumba classes. I took my first intro Zumba class Tuesday. It was again confirmed for me that I'm completely uncoordinated, but it was a lot of fun. I am not nearly as in shape as I would like. It's basically an aerobics class using elements of latin dance. I can't shake my bootie properly, but I really enjoyed the movements.

  9. Go to yard sales. I'm hoping to find more fabric stashes. We have plenty of baby clothes (and, in all honesty, probably plenty of children's books too), but I'm always interested in a good find.

  10. Make Abigail's Halloween costume. The funny thing is that I already bought Abigail's Halloween costume. It's a really cute ladybug costume that I found at a consignment store that was going out of business. But then I saw what I thought was a chocolate chip cookie costume at Pottery Barn Kids (it turned out to be a giraffe costume), and I've become obsessed with making Abigail into a chocolate chip cookie. When I told the saleslady at Hancock's what I was doing, she asked Abigail if she knew that meant she was going to get eaten.

  11. Go to the Zoo's Halloween party. The Lousiville Zoo has a huge Halloween party every year. We've never been because we just didn't think Abigail needed to go at 8 months old and we didn't have kids before that. But this year we think she'll have a great time. The event is specially themed to NOT be scary so it's perfect for little kids.

  12. Make fall seasonal table. I've been reading about seasonal tables/displays on various blogs and in The Creative Family by Amanda Soule. I'm not sure if this will work this year. We may end up with pine cones and rocks all over the house, but it sounds like a good idea. Abigail is still little enough to try to put things in her mouth (including rocks), so I have to be careful of what I put out.

  13. Make chili. My husband and I make a pretty spicy chili (by my standards, at least), and it's really too hot to make during the summer. He's already started asking for it so we may make this in the next few days. We use chili hot beans, dark red kidney beans, lean ground beef, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and Rotel. We also throw in various spices and sometimes cocoa or cinnamon.

Hopefully this list will help me get excited about fall this year. Although it will still be difficult to forget that it means another Kentucky winter is coming. Yes, I know it's not the worst place for winter, but I'm a Georgia girl, and I expect my spring to arrive my February or March. Ugh.


Anonymous said...

Send me an e-mail. When are your dance classes?

Anonymous said...

Full but fun list! I have been wanting to try Zumba also! I share your enthusiasm for Fall & am making chili tomorrow night! :) Hope you do great on your "tah dah" list!