How in the world is it October already, y’all? I feel like I was just rinsing chlorine out of tiny swimsuits (Um, the kids’ tiny swimsuits that is. This stepmama ain’t wearin’ any swimsuit with the word “tiny” in front of it.) yesterday and trying to find our sunblock. Now I have Halloween costumes draped over my sewing machine and I’m trying to figure out just how many pumpkins is considered too many.
Trick question. There are never too many pumpkins.
But just because the weather’s cooled down and the temps are mild doesn’t mean we all have to lock ourselves in with a fire! (Although that would be nice…) Fall is the perfect time to get your family active and outside. In fact, here in Georgia, summer is pretty sedentary aside from swimming. Who wants to have a picnic when there are mosquitos, sweltering heat and dry, itchy grass to try and make comfortable? There are so many fun things to get out and do this time of year, it makes me excited just thinking about it! Of course, it’s not always easy, especially when you’re a stepmama that has limited time with your family. The next few months are going to be FULL of activities, but it’s totally worth it!
So here’s a few ways my family’s getting active this fall! There’s nothing better than being outside this time of the year!
Picnics in Our Own Yard
A few days ago, the kids were off from school and all of us had just about enough of each other. There was whining, fighting and a huge mess taking over our entire house. I knew I needed to clean, I knew I needed to get motivated, but when I glanced out our living room window, I tossed it all aside.
“Hey,” I said. “Let’s go have a picnic!”
Y’all. Fall is the perfect time to go have a picnic outside. We sat under some trees in our yard with blankets, books and plenty of PB&J sandwiches. After we ate, we all laid on the grass to watch the clouds roll by before a game of horse shoes. It was perfect.
Start a Fall Nature Journal
As a kid, I can remember collecting acorns and leaves for hours in the backyard. I would put them all in my little basket and pretend that I was gathering food for my children (Who were apparently all squirrels). This year, my husband and I are wanting to buy the kids some sketchbooks and spend some time on our property taking pictures, making leaf impressions on paper and discussing the season change. It’s a great way to get some exercise and really soak in fall. Use those leaves later for some fun craft projects!
Go to The Pumpkin Patch
Of course, no Fall Activity List is complete without going to the pumpkin patch! Here, our pumpkin patch also has a huge corn maze and plenty of activities like hay rides and even a pumpkin catapult. Spend the day out in the brilliant fall sunshine and make some memories you won’t forget! Take turns finding the biggest pumpkin and spend that evening carving them into Jack-O-Lanterns. Definitely one of my favorite fall traditions.
Naturally, these are just a few general ideas, but the gist is: Get out and enjoy it! Before we know it, it’ll be time to hunker down with hot chocolate and Hallmark Channel Christmas movies. The leaves will be gone, the bright sunshine will dim and no one is definitely going to be excited to bundle up and trudge through the woods looking for nature. Take a bike ride, play a game of horse shoes and carve pumpkins after dinner in the grass. That, my friends, is my favorite way to get active this fall!
What does your family do to keep active this season?