Our Summer Schedule!

We love summer in this house!! We love all the activities there are to do, the crazy Southern storms, and the chance to relax as a family. This is the first year that Continue reading

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Spring Bucket List

Spring is finally here! I love winter because of the holidays but come January I’m ready for the warm weather. In Tennessee spring weather is usually sunny days, stormy nights, highs of 70’s and lows of 50’s. It’s perfect!! With all this perfect outdoor playing weather I thought I would write out some of the things we want to do this spring and some activities to do with your kiddos! Hope you enjoy! Continue reading

Fall Bucket List

It’s finally October! We have been having an abnormally warm year in Tennessee. We are still having days in the high 70s but today it was cooler outside so I got to break in my new pair of heeled boots! Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons! The cool weather, the clothes, yummy treats, Christmas getting closer, and all the fun activities! Before each season starts I make a bucket list of all the things I want to do that season to make it special and fun for everyone. I decided I wanted to share my fall bucket list to give everyone some ideas and if I’ve left anything off please comment so I can add them to our fun!

  1. Decorate our house for fall
  2. Make a homemade pumpkin spice latte
  3. Go apple picking
  4. Stomp in the leaves
  5. Make a pot of fall aroma (1 orange peel, 1 sliced apple, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and water!)
  6. Make a fire outside
  7. Splash in puddles (or as Avery and Peppa Pig would say “muddy puddles!”)
  8. Make a homemade pie
  9. Take a foggy morning walk
  10. Make a new crockpot dish
  11. Make Carmel apples
  12. Go to the pumpkin patch
  13. Carve pumpkins
  14. Go on a hike
  15. Visit the farmers market
  16. Plant tulip bulbs
  17. Do fall crafts with Avery
  18. Visit Gatlinburg
  19. Plan thanksgiving dinner and activities
  20. Read outside with some blankets
  21. Have a popcorn and movie night
  22. Visit a farm
  23. Get fall candles
  24. Window shop
  25. Do a mini photoshoot
  26. Do fall activities the city puts together for kids
  27. Take a long bike ride in the Smoky Mountains
  28. Kiss my husband in the rain
  29. Make apple cider
  30. Watch post-season baseball and the World Series

 

And there you have it! Our family’s fall bucket list! We have so far done 8 things on this list and can’t wait to do more! Like I said in the beginning if anyone has any other fun ideas for us to do this Fall season please comment!! ­čÖé

20 Summertime Activities

Summertime is so much fun! There are so many fun things to do with your kids during this time. Here in Tennessee the weather is MUCH different than in Washington which is where Josh and I both grew up and lived until about a year ago. Adjusting to the weather was at first hard but I think we are starting to get the hang of it. The humidity and heat don’t make us instantly sweat like it did last summer. Here it feels like winter time is really from the end of December until February, spring is from March until May, summer is from June until September and fall is from October until December. This isn’t correct school wise because summer for kids in school is all of June until the beginning of August. Summertime is also when the biggest thunderstorms happen. When it rains in the summer is a hard rain but doesn’t last too long. There can be weeks when there is a thunderstorm every day for like an hour though. So when planning our summer activities I have to make sure there are things for being outdoors in the morning when it’s not too hot, being outdoors when it’s really hot, and being indoors when a storm is happening. I have listed below some of my favorite things to do with Avery in the summer so hopefully this inspires you because we most likely only have 18 summers with our kids and that’s nothing!

  1. Finger painting outside. (Get a roll of paper and go crazy!)
  2.  Camping in the backyard. (We tried doing this Fourth of July weekend thinking it would be fun but in Tennessee July is way too hot to sleep outside but Avery still loved watching a movie in the tent and getting it all set up)
  3. Farmers market. (You can’t ever go wrong with some fresh produce and baked treats!)
  4. Painting pottery. (On those stormy days)
  5. Go to an arcade. (Avery LOVED this! She got the most tickets at the end of it all on her own!)
  6. Go to the Fair. (Rides and treats! Yum!)
  7. Find a free kids class at Home Depot, Lowes, Michael’s, etc.
  8. Photoshoot. (Find a cool location and play dress up!)
  9. Go to a bookstore and read every book your kiddo finds!
  10. Build a fort and sleep in it. (Letting go of our sleep routine every once in awhile is fun!)
  11. Go to swimming pool or splash pad. (In the South this is a must!)
  12. Make a hand print stone and letting your kids decorate it.
  13. Lemonade stand. (We build our own for Avery and she loves it! She uses it for pretend store all the time too)
  14. Go to a baseball game. (We are taking Avery to her first MLB game in a couple weeks!)
  15. Make a pouring station. (It’s so fun for kids to play with water and pour it in all sorts of containers)
  16. Berry picking (messy but fun!)
  17. Drive-in movie (this has to happen at least once a summer!)
  18. Make yummy recipes. (Avery’s favorite is homemade banana pudding!)
  19. Go outside! (Anything outside is Avery’s cup of tea! Going on a walk, getting the pool out, read outside, play barbies outside, rock on the rocking chairs, ect. ANYTHING outside!)
  20. Crafts! (We love doing crafts in our house. We make our own binoculars, paint rocks, paint wooden things, make windmills, make paper and popsicle stick butterflies, make sensory jars, etc.)

And that’s 20 things we love to do in the summer time!!