Autumn is my favorite season. The oppressive summer heat and humidity subside, leaving me feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world and be the best version of myself! Forget spring cleaning and New Year’s resolutions; autumn is where it’s at for me. I’d love to share with you my favorite fall activities and traditions.
Travel: We usually prefer to travel in the fall to avoid the summer crowds while still returning home in time to prepare for the coming holiday season. Earlier this month we went down to the Hill Country for a long weekend with my husband’s family just to relax together and escape “real life” for a bit. In late September 2019 we took our oldest to Disney World for her 5th birthday. The year before that my husband and I went to Hawaii in October to celebrate our 10th anniversary. In fall of 2017 we took our first family vacation with our triplets (they were about 9 months old at the time) to the Texas Gulf. So far this has really worked well for us since we haven’t been too tied to school schedules.
Clean, organize, and decorate: Organizing and purging are especially helpful at this time of year, as we prepare to receive Christmas gifts. Cleaning out our spaces and getting rid of things we don’t use as much anymore feels liberating and teaches my kids valuable lessons. I also love to decorate our home for holidays and seasons. I have a plastic tub for every holiday, full of children’s books for the season and decorations; some store-bought and some homemade. I especially love to display cross stitch patterns I have completed and things I’ve made with the kids. I know these will continue to be precious treasures as the years pass.
Make Halloween costumes: So far in my career as a mom, I have really enjoyed making my kids’ Halloween costumes instead of buying them, though I am sure my kids could not care less! The last few years we have chosen family themes and I have spent October purchasing basic wardrobe pieces and embellishing them by painting, dyeing, sewing, and otherwise crafting them into my own vision. Most years I finish at about 3am Halloween morning!
Prepare for Christmas: As much as possible, I try to prepare early to keep the stress out of (and the magic IN) December. Almost all of our extended family on both sides lives in the DFW Metroplex. We love being so close but it makes for busy holidays! Including Christmas morning with just our family of 6, we have a total of SEVEN family Christmas celebrations. That doesn’t include Christmas dance recitals, school plays and parties, gatherings with friends, etc. So in order to keep the magic alive and keep me from scrambling between events, I try to prepare as much in advance as possible. I start shopping early, listing gifts I need to buy or make and checking them off as I go. As early as possible, I begin filling our calendar with traditions and events like going to Prairie Lights with my mom, baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my sister and her kids, and visiting Santa. This year especially, I feel pressure to make the season extra special. With a six year old and three nearly-four year olds, will there ever be a Christmas more full of magic and excitement?!
Create: Baking, sewing, cooking, crafting…I want to do it all at this time of year! I love getting in the kitchen with my kiddos and baking pumpkin bread or cooking up a pot of soup. They enjoy helping me and of course I want to encourage that! Here are the links to a couple of our favorite recipes:
Family events: One of my favorite family activities from the last few years has been participating in the FWMoM fall family event. I love that the kids get to play together, I get to see my friends and watch their kids grow over the years, and the opportunity for the spouses to fellowship and chat is fun. This event always gets me all up in my feels about our amazing organization because it highlights so many of the best parts of our group (and at my favorite time of year, at that!). I hope you will make plans to join us at our annual FWMoM Fall Family Fun event. Click here to register so we know you’re coming!
Enjoy your autumn, friends! Make the most of it!