Checking off Our Fall Family Bucket List

Disclosure: Thank you to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for partnering with me on this post!

Our Fall Family Bucket List

Even though we can still sport our summer clothes, my family and I always look forward to the fall season. Football, pumpkins, 80 degrees (at least it’s not 100?), doing fun things outside, and the overall feel of fall! For us, it’s not fall unless we hold to our little traditions – our proverbial fall family bucket list, if you will. We’ve had a blast checking these off and are looking forward to what’s still left.

This year includes…

Visit a Pumpkin Patch – check!

Pumpkin Patch Family PhotoPumpkin Patch PhotosPumpkin Patch Photos

This is obligatory, right? It’s not fall unless you’ve got some pumpkin patch pictures to prove it. We like hitting up a local church for some pumpkins and photo ops. The girls had a blast this year and I’m loving the photos!

Do a Little Decorating – check!

Fall Decorations Front Porch

While I don’t set out the fall decorations on September 1, I love them. The warm oranges, reds, and yellows are fun and inviting. Our porch was looking a little like this, until the mums bit the dust and the pumpkins spoiled (yeah….). It was fun while it lasted!

Apple Picking in New England – check!

Apple Picking at Gould Hill Farmapple picking photosApple Picking at Gould Hill Farm

This year we crossed off a big bucket list item – apple picking. You see, there is absolutely nowhere to go apple picking in the Houston area. I have actually never been before….ever! Spoken like a true Houstonian. Apple picking was something that Greg did nearly every year growing up in New England. When we visited new England in late September, we crossed this big item off our fall family bucket list. It was everything I hoped and more.

And here are a few things we have left to do…

Make our O. Family Famous Truffle Mac & Cheese

The Best Truffle Mac & Cheese

It isn’t Thanksgiving without the O. Family Famous Truffle Mac & Cheese. It is a recipe Greg and I created by combining a few other recipes we found. It is the absolute perfect side dish. Anyone who tries our recipe loves it. Go click over and give that post a pin. You’ll thank me later.

Visit The Children’s Festival at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Woodlands Children's Festival

This is a new bucket list item, as of two years ago. We weren’t able to attend last year because of how little Caroline was, but we went two years ago and loved it! The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion puts on a really amazing Children’s Festival each year. In fact, this is the 20th year of the festival! It is an all-inclusive event (no need for tickets or tokens) with games, activities, performances and meet and greets! Riff Rockit and Bob the Builder will be performing this year. Barbie and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be having meet and greets! See this page for the full list of performers and activities – it’s jam packed! Kennedy is probably going to freak out a little bit over Barbie. This festival is appropriate for ages PreK-5, even though Kennedy enjoyed it at just under age 2. I really think toddlers will love it, too.

We are attending the festival this Saturday and we would love to see you there! Even better, would you like a pack of 4 free tickets as an incentive? Thanks to the Pavilion, one lucky reader can win! Enter using the widget below. Your only required entry is to enter your name and email address. Giving me your name and email address is a way for me to contact you if you win, and will not be used for spam purposes. You can earn additional entries by leaving a blog comment and following my blog and the Pavilion on social media.

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What is your favorite thing to do with your family in the fall?


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    November 9, 2015 at 8:21 am

    You guys did a bunch of Fall worthy stuff! The girls look so cute at the pumpkin patch and apple picking! That’s crazy that there isn’t anywhere to apple pick in Houston! What a fun festival, I would freak out over Barbie so I can’t imagine how the girls are gonna react!!

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    November 9, 2015 at 9:05 am

    It looks like you guys had a great time! I’d love to go apple picking. I didn’t get a chance to make it to a pumpkin patch, but November isn’t over yet. I hope you and the family have a great week!

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    Lauren Watson {Native Texan Livin'}
    November 9, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Yeah, no apple picking around these parts but would love to go one day! That festival sounds so fun!!!

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    cami brown
    November 9, 2015 at 11:01 am

    All such great ideas~!!!

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    Melanie Macias
    November 9, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Fun, fun, fun! Our fav is pumpkin carving.

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    November 9, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    I’ve never been apple picking either! I think there are a few places to do it around here, but it’s definitely not common.

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    November 12, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Check check check! You guys are seriously THE CUTEST.

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    November 13, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Your little ladies are so cute! I live within a few hours of apple picking and we still rarely go. I’m so ready for fall, we just got cold for the first time around here (under 75 during the day!) lol. I hope you guys get a little fall chill eventually.


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