Fall Bucket List

Hello, fall! We’ve officially been in the season for a few weeks, but it’s only just now starting to feel like fall.

This will be my 8th year living in Ohio, and Im just now starting to get used to the seasons. When I first moved to Ohio from Africa, I hated winter and absolutely dreaded it. The only season I really loved was summer. So to me fall was the end of “my season” and the beginning of the long road to winter and I didn’t enjoy it much.

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Fall

I have to admit…I have a love/hate relationship with the fall.

*gasp!*

Yes, I just admitted that I don’t love all things fall.

I love the crisp air, that just feels so fresh and clean when you breath it in.

I hate that the cool air blows the warm air out…and it’s bye-bye summer!

I love sweaters, scarves and boots.

I hate how sweaters, scarves and boots look on me.

I love that it’s cool enough to drink warm drinks.

I actually (gasp!!) don’t like pumpkin spice lattes.

I love how there are so many reasons to celebrate the changing of a season.

I hate how the changing of a season has become so materialized in our society.

I love the fall because growing up I never experienced fall and everything is still so new and beautiful to me.

I hate the fall because growing up I never experienced fall and everything about it makes me feel so homesick.

Yes, it’s fall. I’ve always had a hard time getting into the changing of the seasons, or even planning holidays. Growing up, we just never put a lot of hullaballo into holidays, and I have a hard time doing that now. Last fall, I decorated my front porch, bought a fall-ish candle and baked some things that had pumpkin in them. I felt SO accomplished, so domestic, so American, so excited to be in the holiday spirit! So I decided I would be just as into Christmas. But Christmas hit when I was in my first trimester of pregnancy…and I don’t think we did anything more than put up a tree. When Easter came along, I blew it. And I celebrated summer with my swollen feet propped up and a box fan aimed at me, counting down the days until my pregnancy would be over and Tera Evelynne would be in my arms.

Now Tera is here, and I see even more reasons to celebrating the seasons. But sometimes, I still have a hard time not hating fall. The goodbye to summer, the chilly days and nights, the materialism and how much money is actually spent on pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkins and hay rides and blow-up halloween decorations in people’s front yards.

But this year…I’m making a bucket list for the fall…! Who is with me?

  • Go to a corn maze
  • Rake Leaves…and jump in them!
  • Carve a pumpkin
  • Go to a football game
  • Bake something pumpkin
  • Decorate my front porch/house
  • Pick apples
  • Tipp City Mum Festival

Sooo…do you have any other suggestions for me to add to my list?

Local friends, are there any local fall festivities I should know about and plan to take part in?