Fall Bucket List Status Report

Fall has been so much fun. The cozy and familiar traditions add meaning and a richness to the season that I absolutely love.

***We were able to accomplish the majority of our Fall activities, and we even threw in a few extra as bonus. I was able to get a new tattoo, start Addie in gymnastics, and 2 visits from the tooth fairy!

  1. Paint/Carve Pumpkins–DONE!
  2. Blue Ridge Trip—DONE!
  3. Pick Apples—DONE!
  4. Trick or Treat—-DONE!
  5. Create Bucket List Prints—DONE!
  6. Decorate for Fall—-DONE!
  7. Fall Crafts—–DONE!
  8. Fair/Fall Festival—-DONE! (Blue Ridge Heritage Festival)
  9. Celebrate Addie’s Birthday—-DONE!
  10. Campout—-DONE!
  11. Sky Lanterns—(not yet)
  12. Eat Two New Foods—-(not yet)
  13. Go Stargazing—-(not yet)
  14. Go to Disney World—DONE!
  15. Host 4th Annual Friendsgiving–We didn’t host, but we did attend!
  16. Make Chili—DONE!
  17. Go to a Corn Maze—(not yet)
  18. Make a Halloween Book—DONE!
  19. Make S’mores—-DONE!
  20. Make Homemade Playdoh—-DONE!
  21. Get a New Tattoo—-DONE!
  22. Make New Photo Canvas—-DONE!
  23. Sign-up For a Half Marathon—(not yet)
  24. Bake Fall Cookies—-DONE (but they were from a box)
  25. Create a Fall Playlist—–partially DONE
  26. Make Candy Apples—-(not this year)
  27. Find a New Scarf—(not yet)
  28. Make Fall Candles—-(not yet)
  29. Go to the Fair—–(no, Addie was sick the whole week)
  30. Go See a Drive-in Movie—(nope)
  31. Go to a Girls-only Halloween Party—-(maybe next year)
  32. Go on  Leaf Hunt—-DONE!
  33. Thanksgiving Tablecloth—-(maybe next year)


Fall BL: 2 Blue Ridge Weekend Adventures

It’s not every weekend that you get to mark of four seasonal bucket list items, but we were lucky and busy! Look at the list below of what we were able to check off!

Fall Bucket List Update:

  1. Blue Ridge Trip
  2. Pick Apples
  3. Fair/Fall Festival
  4. Go on Leaf Hunt

This Fall season we have been able to squeeze two Blue Ridge Trips one month apart! The first trip we spent time with grand and great-grant parents picking apples at Mercier’s and attending the Blairsville Heritage Days festival during Labor Day Weekend. Those September Wonder apples are a family favorite.


This past weekend, we took the girls up by ourselves for Fall Break. We were to the Blue Ridge Arts in the Park Festival, Ellijay’s Apple Jubilee, toured Cartecay and Serenberry Vineyards, played at the playground, went on a leaf hunt at Amicalola Falls, ate (twice) at a pizza buffet,  made a fire, and even saw a water fall.

Our girls are earlier risers, and we love getting up with the sun to get out and about. The evenings are slow and full of cuddles, movies, and treats in the camper. These trips embody the essence of Fall to me. I am thankful for our time away, and our productive bucket-list-checking weekend!



Fall 2019 Bucket List

Another season another bucket list! I love that the Fall Bucket List is fairly the same from year to year, which brings a sense of comfort. After Summers full of adventure, it feels nice to settle into a some local fun (and of course sprinkle in a trip or two in between as well).


  1. Paint/Carve Pumpkins
  2. Blue Ridge Trip
  3. Pick Apples
  4. Trick or Treat
  5. Create Bucket List Prints
  6. Decorate for Fall
  7. Fall Crafts
  8. Fair/Fall Festival
  9. Celebrate Addie’s Birthday
  10. Campout
  11. Sky Lanterns
  12. Eat Two New Foods
  13. Go Stargazing
  14. Go to Disney World
  15. Host 4th Annual Friendsgiving
  16. Make Chili
  17. Go to a Corn Maze
  18. Make a Halloween Book
  19. Make S’mores
  20. Make Homemade Playdoh
  21. Get a New Tattoo
  22. Make New Photo Canvas
  23. Sign-up For a Half Marathon
  24. Bake Fall Cookies
  25. Create a Fall Playlist
  26. Make Candy Apples
  27. Find a New Scarf
  28. Make Fall Candles
  29. Go to the Fair
  30. Go See a Drive-in Movie
  31. Go to a Girls-only Halloween Party
  32. Go on  Leaf Hunt
  33. Thanksgiving Tablecloth

2019 Summer Bucket List Update

Status Update: Summer Bucket List


  1. Pick Tomatoes and have sandwiches—hand sandwiches but we did NOT pick them ourselves!
  2. Pick Blueberries—YES!
  3. Make three foods from Disney Princess Cook Book—ONE done!
  4. Character Rocks–YES!
  5. Ella’s Birthday and 1 Year Pictures— YES!
  6. Year 10 Photobook—Not yet. 😦
  7. Plan Fall Travel— Fall Break in Blue Ridge but nothing else yet on the horizon…
  8. Celebrate 10 Years of Marriage–YES!
  9. Paint Pottery—YES!
  10. Backyard campout— We camped out in Blue Ridge
  11. Pool Party— YES!
  12. Go to the movies— YES!
  13. Spanish Night at Home—- NOPE.
  14. Go to tea— YES, TEA at home at in Blue Ridge
  15. Make homemade pizza—YES!
  16. School clothes shopping— YES, although all online.
  17. Launch a sky lantern— NOPE.
  18. Go to Blue Ridge— YES!
  19. Go Zorbing— YES!
  20. Take an ariel arts class— NOT YET.
  21. Celebrate Granny Faye’s 80th birthday— YES!
  22. Go to the water park— YES!
  23. Have a game night— YES!
  24. Bucket List Prints—- NOPE.
  25. Create a back porch oasis—- YES!
  26. Create a family recipe book— NOT YET!
  27. Update will and create a savings account for Ella— NOT YET!
  28. Wine 101 course— NOT YET!
  29. Display Tea Cups— YES!
  30. Cupping massage— NOT YET!
  31. Library Kickoff and Summer reading challenge— YES!
  32. Date Night— YES!
  33. Make snow cones— YES!
  34. Back to school dinner— YES!


Celebrating Ten Years!

Waring and I went to Blue Ridge for our 10 Year Anniversary! We spent three days exploring, ZORBING, and living the camper life. This was the longest time that we had left the girls since Ella’s birth. We missed them, but had a great time just being us….which is where everything started ten years ago. I am so thankful for each passing year with this little family that God has blessed us with!



Trip Report: Spain

Our first trip to Europe with the girls proved to be magical and exhausting. Raising travelers is tough business and certainly NOT for the faint of heart! Waring and I were determined that we would raise our girls with wild hearts for exploring the world and a heart for learning and curiosity. Even though it isn’t necessarily easy to take the two little nuggets around on all of the adventures, we hope that it instills in them a sense of adventure and perspective that allows them to see the world through the eyes of others and not just from their own fixed point on the globe.


Spain was everything we thought it would be and MORE. Here are just a few of the memories that we made along the way:

-Practicing our Spanish everywhere

-Churros, tapas, orange wine

-Beautiful beaches along Costa del Sol

-Bullfighting rings in Seville

-Rowboating in the Plaza

-Staying up late!

-Train rides

-Learning what a bidet is the wrong way…