Tuesday, September 29, 2015

basic belle:: fall bucket list

I tend to scoff at the term "basic," but there's a time and place for conformity, and that time and place is fall in the South. Amirite? If I weren't diabetic, I'd be downing some serious Pumpkin Spice Lattes (and my personal fall-favorite, salted caramel mochas) to ring in the season. In my yoga leggings and equestrian boots. ;)

I do love autumn -- probably not so much as the majority of crazy Southerners I know and love (my love for seasons is trumped by my love for beach climates year-round) -- and this year is particularly special for our family, as it is Lilly Beth's first fall. There are only so many things a baby can truly enjoy experientially, but that's not going to keep me from making memories and taking lots of pictures to show her later in life when she CAN remember them.
On my list (some of the highlights):


1. Visit the zoo! There's nothing like glorious weather with blue skies while walking around pretty scenery, looking at exotic animals. The zoo holds a special place in my heart, as it was the setting for my junior-year sorority formal I planned (and a LEGIT one at that, mind you), as well as fond memories volunteering for Boo at the Zoo, listening to Jack Hannah at Sunset Safari 2011, and several field trips over the years.

2. Go to a pumpkin patch! We won't be going all out with a fall festival (like we've done with our nephews & niece the past several years) since Lilly's obviously too little to enjoy petting zoos and corn mazes and such, but we will be getting her a little pumpkin and taking plenty of pictures of her in her ginormous orange hairbow.

3. Host a fall-themed baby shower! This November or December, my friend Kat will be welcoming her sweet little pumpkin into the world, so I'm throwing her a shower at our house next month. 

4. Make fall treats! Apple cider punch, pumpkin cheesecake brownies, apple pie, sweet potato pie, pumpkin coffee... the list goes on and on. I'm more limited now with my T1D diagnosis but I'm using entertaining as my excuse to bake and have the glorious scents of fall wafting through our house (before I get sick of it and banish all pumpkin flavored things, which inevitably happens every year).

5. Take outdoor family photos for Lilly's 6-month shoot! It is INSANE to me that I almost have a half-year-old child. We're documenting this sweet stage of her life with a little shoot by my photografriend Amy... can't wait!

6. Dress Lilly Beth in costume! We bought her lobster costume last year at Black Friday on clearance (because lobster - !!!), and I've been dying to dress her up in it and show her off because she is literally the cutest thing ever.
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Any mamas got good ideas of things babies enjoy that happen to be fall-y? Lilly's really into the Itsy Bitsy Spider these days... Any fall songs babies like? Or random hand-clapping games? 

♥ KD

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