My Fall Bucket List

My fall bucket list | Jackson loves gourds

Jackson checking out the decorative gourds at 6:30 in the morning.


This post previously appeared on Happy by Design

This morning’s #blogtober14 post is all about fall, my favorite season.  As a runner, there’s nothing I love more than a crisp, fall morning run. I would much rather put on an extra layer of clothing than trudge through another hot, sticky humid (insert more adjectives that show my disgust) Wisconsin summer morning. Yes, yes, yes I know that fall leads to that other season which I can only tolerate up until December 26 and shall not be named at this point in time, but STILL I love fall.

And as a Midwestern mom, you’d think I’d be ALL over the fall activities that come with this season, but truthfully, I’m more realistic. The trip that Jackson and I took to the pumpkin patch last year was probably my least favorite fall activity. Now that Jackson is older, maybe that will change, but it just wasn’t all I thought it would be cracked up to be.

So here’s my fall bucket list (I’ll try to keep the pumpkin spice lattes to a minimum)

1. Tailgate the Lakefront Marathon and cheer on our dear friend, Andrew (Checking this off the list this morning!) 

In Milwaukee, the Lakefront Marathon is the race we hold near and dear. Twin Cities has their Medtronic race. Chicago has their big ol’ race (I’m too lazy too google it right now). But I gotta say, the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon path is stunning. You travel along Lake Michigan the whole time, traversing through cute little neighborhoods, running along the banks in Shorewood, admiring the huge houses on Lake drive as you fly by, and then swinging down the hill for a big finish down at the cultural center of our city. The trees are in full fall “bloom” and it’s shaping up to be a gorgeous morning for a run. Hubby and I will be tailgating at Mile 22 with Bloody Marys in hand. Come on by!

2. Pumpkin carving with Jackson

This year, we’re going to skip the pumpkin patch and see what Pick n’ Save has to offer. Their deals are great and I can cut out the attempts at nostalgia and just capture the fun at home as we try to carve pumpkins and hubby and I show him the ooey gooey insides of the pumpkin.

3. Halloween fun at the Zoo and in our neighborhood

This year is going to be a fun Halloween year. We have family coming into town from my neck of the woods and we’re all going to do the Spooky costume parade at the Zoo. I’m not sure if we’ll get Jackson into his Yoda costume, so we may have to come up with a back up plan, but costume or not, it’s going to be fun to see his cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles. That’ll be the weekend of the 25th. That same weekend I think our neighborhood is also doing their trick-or-treat fun. Jackson was just starting to walk at this time last year, but he was already pumped to go house to house. This year, I’m sure he’ll be flying through the neighborhood trying his best to mutter “Trick or Treat” which will probably sound something like, “Chee a chee!” Either way, I’m looking forward to this.

4. Writing, writing and more writing

Well, mission accomplished with #blogtober14, but I’m also doing a lot of writing on my own. I’m focusing on ending the month of October with at least 50,000 words under my belt. And then November is the much-beloved NaNoWriMo…a contest in itself to write 50,000 words by the end of November. I plan to take a break come December, and it’ll be interesting to see if my book is done at that point or if I need to keep going. Only time will tell.

5. Coffee….all of the coffee

I don’t know that this needs to be a fall bucket list item, but I think /I crave coffee even more in the fall. Now I know everyone gets all jazzed about pumpkin spice lattes and yes, I’ll probably have at least one (I’m only human!), but really I’m way more into the caramel mocha lattes. In general, though, I’m fine pumping out a couple cups with my Keurig or even brewing it at work (although I’ve been told this is against company policy…I know, such a rebel!!).

6. Sort of running and keeping the jigglies at bay

I’m not going to lie, I’ve been a pile of poop when it comes to working out, as of late. It just comes down, I can only juggle so many priorities and writing and work and family and fall activities like the ones listed above, take up a lot of time. BUT – I know I need to keep up with this. So I’m going to make an effort to at least run twice a week and to workout the jiggly bits (i.e. my whole body) with some easy strength training excercies once or twice a week. Right now, I’m really into the Fitness Blender videos.

7. Baking and comfort food. 

I’ve already made a couple batches of apple crisp, a few varieties of hearty soups and I don’t think this is going to stop anytime soon. Of course, I still need to keep the jiggly bits at bay, so my coworkers and favorite daycare personnel can expect some yummy treats in the future.


All in all, a pretty minimalist bucket list. Yeah, I’d like to be super mom and super wife and super writer, but for now I’ll settle for taking it all in and not biting off more than I can chew.

What’s on your fall bucket list? Share your thoughts below or connect with us on Instagram. Finally, here’s a continuation of Jackson checking out the new fall decorations.

Now it’s off to start a beautiful Sunday!

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