Now that I've gotten back into my "what's ahead this month" posts since summer is over, I decided to just do some fun goals or a bucket list per month you could say instead of per season. October is probably one of the busiest months of the year (other than December, of course) to pack in seasonal things. Like every month, just a few easy, fun things to add to the month ahead.
Looking forward to this month…
Dallas Weekend: We had such a fun time the first year that we went to Dallas that we've decided to make it an annual thing. This year we're headed back later this month for a couple days in the south plus a Cowboys game. (See our past trips here: Dallas 2013, Dallas 2014, Cowboys Game)
Engagement-versary: Two years ago (hard to believe it's been that long already!) October marked our engagement. Whether we do a nice night out or something low key at home I'm looking forward to celebrating that little milestone.
Second Annual Tailgate Party: Last year we decided to host some of the family over for the Penn State/Michigan game since it was a night away game so this year we've decided to do it again for the Ohio State game (our biggest game/rival every year!) and have also decided to turn this into our very own little tradition each season to come.
Pumpkinland: There's a farm right behind my parents house and every year they set up an area called "Pumpkinland" and people come from all over to go (during the month we have to remember to go out one of the back entrances from the neighborhood to not get stuck in traffic) and we've gone every year since I was little. This year will be no different and at some point we'll get over there to wander around, grab a pumpkin to carve and enjoy some cider… maybe even a candy apple.
Local Fall Events: Whether a craft fair, a fall festival, a local high school game - I'd love to try to squeeze in some kind of local seasonal event this month.
Halloween Dinner: When we carved our pumpkin last year we turned it into a whole little Halloween night for the two of us and I'm hoping to continue that too and host my family for a Halloween themed dinner this time around. You can never be too festive :)
Reading: I've got a stack of books on my desk higher than I'd like and haven't read a word since we got home from vacation, which I'm sad to admit. Life just keeps getting in the way. I'd love to read many of them this week (preferably under a blanket, smelling a cinnamon candle on the deck) but even just one for now will do.
Final Nights on the Deck: We're clearly passed prime deck season but I'm not giving up until it's too cold to be out - I'll hope for a few more fall sunsets while watching the leaves turn.
Fall Recipes: How many fall recipes out there - way too many I'll say and delicious ones at that. I'd love to have some cinnamon and pumpkin smells coming from the oven, if time allows.
Dress up for Halloween: Because of Dallas travels and Penn State games, we haven't been free for Halloween or Halloween parties in years but this year it looks like we might just get the holiday in and we've already thought up our costume ideas - hope we get to use them.
Porch Furniture Covered: It'll break my heart but we've got to get some porch furniture covers ordered and get the couches, tables and chairs covered up by months end. How much longer until spring???
Pumpkin Carving: Need I say more? Obligatory fall must do.
First Fall Mani/Pedi: I've gotten so lazy about getting my nails done. So lazy. It's time asap for a trip to the nail salon (hoping next week) and sometimes I drag out the pinks and such but I'm ready to go dark. Tis the season.
Get Touristy: We've got a little bit more free time this month and it would be great to have a day in the city to adventure, possibly be a little touristy and enjoy.
Taking a Peek Back at September…
+ Celebrate One Year: We had the best time celebrating one year together.
+ Football Season: I don't think I need to elaborate on this one. Our first two tailgates here and here.
+ Wedding Season: Our first of weddings for the season was definitely a great celebration.
+ Down Time: So happy to say yes! Lazy nights after work binge watching netflix, a night or two in, football sundays in sweats - down time has arrived… some weeks.
+ Barre: Very sad this one is a no. The studio near my house keeps canceling classes every time I look online - I might have to suck it up and go to the one a little bit further away.
+ Fall Decorating: The house just feels cozier with decorations and ours went up early. I'll be sharing next week!
+ Closet Clean Out: Glad this one is done - bring on the cooler weather because the closets are ready and about five bags were taken out to the green drop.
Linking up with Thoughts for Thursday today.