Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, second only to Christmas. The weather is beautiful, people are out and about, and families get to come together and spend time with each other. Caleb and I both come from big families, and we love being able to spend time with them. Fall is also the perfect time to make memories, but so often we get stuck in a rut of just staying home and watching Netflix (guilty). To motivate myself, and hopefully my readers, to get out and enjoy the season, I’ve come up with 8 ways to make memories this fall!
- Spend a day at a local fall festival. A town close to us has a fall festival every year called Punkin’ Days (welcome to Texas). 😉 They have food, vendors, a car show, games, and even a 5K. We spent a few hours just walking around and had so much fun! Find a local fall festival and invite some friends. It’s likely to become a tradition and create some beautiful annual memories.
- Bake fall treats. For some, it’s pumpkin pie or ginger snaps. For me, it’s anything apple. I love putting on some good music and just baking the day away. Some of my favorite memories are sharing these treats with my friends and family. If you have kids, this would be a great tradition to start. Some of my best memories took place in the kitchen with my mom. 🙂
- Attend a football game. We live in Texas, where football is king. Every Thursday through Sunday, there are junior high, high school, college, and professional games going on all around the state. My dad was a football coach for 26 years, so most of my childhood memories revolve around football, and I love that! There are few greater feelings than attending a local football game and cheering on those high school kids. Believe me, this is a memory that you want to have.
- Plan a family fun day. This time of year, there are so many opportunities for family fun. Take your kids to an apple orchard, explore a pumpkin patch, jump in piles of leaves. Whatever you choose, set aside a day just for your family to have fun. Take lots of pictures and soak in every moment; you’ll want to relive it for years to come.
- Build a bonfire. My favorite memory from last fall was when Caleb and I were dating and he built a bonfire on a Friday night because I had been wanting one. Our friends came out to his house, we had pizza, and we all hung out around the fire. It was SUCH a fun time, and I wouldn’t trade that memory for the world. Fall bonfires are a must-have around here.
- Decorate your home for fall. Whether it’s pumpkins, printables, or leaves, decorating your home, especially if you involve your spouse or kids, can be one of the most fun memories you’ll have this fall. It gets you in the mood for this beautiful season, and it gives you a pretty reminder every day of why you love it. To make this an even greater memory, try to include pictures from past fall memories around your house. There’s nothing better than reminiscing and recreating those memories. 🙂
- Go on a hike. I love summer hikes, but nothing compares to fall hikes. The weather is such a beautiful temperature, the leaves are changing, and everyone is so excited to be outside (especially after a Texas death summer). Many parks will offer free hikes or hikes themed for the fall season, which are so much fun. I can’t wait to go exploring this fall with my husband!
- Give thanks. As I said before, Caleb and I both come from big families, so we’re not the kind of people to go around the table on Thanksgiving and give thanks. If we did, we’d never get to eat! 😉 But as the leaves change and the weather gets cooler, my heart is always filled with thankfulness: for this season, for my family and friends, and for these memories. So go out and enjoy your memories. But at the end of the day, give thanks to God for His goodness. After all, He gave this all to us.
Now it’s your turn! What’s your favorite way to make memories in the fall? Which one of these ways do you want to try this year?