It is that time of year again; my favourite time of year. I used to feel Spring was my favourite season but actually I love the cosy sink into Winter that September and October bring. It’s the time of year I feel I have the most to celebrate having two Autumnal babies, I feel the most productive and feel just generally really good. The last two years my blog has taken a bit of a backseat because of the global pandemic – I can’t pretend it hasn’t affected me both negatively and positively but I have felt a distinct lack of motivation and actually, that’s made me feel really sad. I’ve always loved writing so I am hoping I am able to tune into my potential ADHD hyperfocus and get lots of posts written and generally be productive – make this blog actually look like it’s as active as it used to be. If you’re stuck on ideas of things to do you might want to check out Experience Days who have a great range of fun family activities in Hampshire.
Why do people make bucket lists?
I think it’s a way to focus and be in the moment. I know that seems a little bit contradictory by making a list and scheduling in things you want to do but there is an ASMR worthy satisfaction at ticking something off a to do list. Also, things have been really shit for me healthwise – both mentally, and physically thanks to my dodgy eye and having had a Brain MRI which really scared me. I feel compelled to schedule that time in with my family, to do things together to make some memories, take some photos and actually enjoy part of my favourite season. I also think like I need to push myself a bit and get out of my own comfort zone. Awaiting for an ADHD assesment is going to be a long process and I’m trying to put lots of positive steps in place at the moment to help me and trying to get things scheduled in to make changes but I find it very hard. On the other hand I find this really, really frustrating because I feel like I’m getting in my own way of doing things I want to do but physically finding it so exhausting and overwhelming. This is a lot of babble, but it does help. I’ve always said getting the words out of my brain and onto paper – or onto this blog – helps me to deal with life overwhelm.
So I wanted to make a bucket list of things I want to do during my favourite season which will be opportunities to multiask as I can create blog content, vlogs, and take lots of photos to stick in our family photo album and scrapbook. I wanted a list of things I could tick off whilst I am in waiting mode for health care appointments and therapy. I wanted to give myself something to look forward to and give us all a little reduction in screen time. And focus on my blog and get new posts written. It’s a whole thing and actually I’m really excited at having a few little day trips, photo sessions and moments of creativity to look forward to.
Our Family Autumn Bucket List
- Walks and photos in our local woods and forests collecting pinecones, conkers and autumn leaves
- Pumpkin Picking at our local Pick Your Own farm
- Celebrate Felix’s 3rd birthday with a day at the Hawk Conservancy Trust
- Doing a spooky photoshoot with Felix in the woods
- Making some food with the pumpkins we pick: I want to do stuffed mini pumpkins, pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin food, I love pumpkin spice (yes, I’ve had my seasonal PSL from Starbucks too)
- Carve a pumpkin for Halloween
- Getting Evie and Felix a Halloween costume
- Take some cosy autumanl bookish flatlays and photos for Instagram
- Take Felix to his first fireworks display (if there are any on) for Bonfire night
We have a couple of lovely local woodlands in Hampshire and surrounding counties so there will be plenty for us to do, the kids will get some much needed time to run around and have fun and I am sure I can get plenty of lovely photos of them. Some of it is work related but something that I can get creative with. I have wanted to do pick your own pumpkins for a while now and I think that will probably be a bit muddy but def a bit of fun. I think, picking a pumpkin, and making something with it might also encourage my very fussy toddler to eat something. I can’t quite believe we will be celebrating Felix’s third birthday either.