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Cozy fall day | Working through our fall bucket list

The fun of a fall bucket list for 2022

I feel like this is the most exciting fall that I’ve ever had.

It’s our second one in Tennessee and still blown away by how quickly the world around us changes. It’s so enjoyable to watch.

It feels like the leaves are changing colors earlier this year than last year. Last year it felt like the trees were green until the last second, changed colors for a week and then the leaves fell off.

I’m also really excited for this 2022 fall because it’s the first year we’ve created a fall bucket list!

It’s so fun having a list of events to go back to as the season progresses. This weekend, we’re working our way through the list!

We never anticipate waiting in lines

When you hear of a festival called the Apple Festival, what comes to mind?

For me, apples. Apple picking.

So much potential to make the event a cute, fall activity!

Well, we didn’t even make it to the festival.

We spent just over an hour waiting in line for a shuttle to pick us up to take us to the festival. It’s funny how you can feel the nerves and excitement building within you before events and then a line hits and kills it.

We always forget to anticipate the wait time.

Our impatience got the best of us, and we had a friend who made it to the festival and said it was nothing special, so we decided to leave.

And we had a confirmed source that there was no apple picking.

Time to petition the creators to change the name…

Pivot to the pumpkin patch

One of my favorite things about Melissa is how go-with-the-flow she is. It’s just so easy to pivot from one thing to another.

When we decided to leave the line for the apple festival, it’s like there wasn’t even a discussion about should we go to the pumpkin patch.

Walden farm was brought up, we put it in the GPS and headed that way.

The pumpkin patch was also on our fall bucket list so we get to enjoy that earlier than we had planned!

When we got to the pumpkin patch, we again felt the excitement build within us. But this time it was released as we worked our way through the event.

We never noticed this before, but pumpkin patches are like baby heaven. Turn left, babies. Turn right, babies.

Go in the hay maze – babies. Hayride – babies.

The baby fever is real when we’re there!!

It’s crazy how as we age, the desire becomes more and more implanted within us. 

When we met when we were 21, Melissa and I have always said we wanted kids but now that we’re almost 30 it’s become more than a one day thing.

It’s knocking on the doorstep for us.

Crazy just how we ripen as we age like a pumpkin ready to be picked.

Fireside chats and full moon strolls

Fire is so interesting.

Humans seem to be brought closer by fire. Almost all of us love sitting around a fire and sparking up conversations. There’s just something so magical about it.

Tonight, Melissa made our first batch of fall chili (yum!). We enjoyed it by the fire pit and continued enjoying our time together.

It was a full moon night, so we decided to cross another fall bucket list item off the list and go on a full moon stroll with Lu.

I just finished the book Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware and one of the regrets is “I wish I had let myself express my emotions.”

We always strive to express our true emotions as a couple, but in relation to this beautiful fall day, I am so thankful to have Melissa in my life.

Life is so much more full having a partner to enjoy little things with like waiting in lines, having baby fever with, admiring the full moon and having great conversations by the fire.

I’m excited to keep working our way through our 2022 fall bucket list!

Wanna join us as we work through our fall bucket list?

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