Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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The Fall List O’ Fun

So this was the summer of The Grand Plan. The plan that included gardening and swimming and camping and trips down water slides and BBQ’s on the deck and homemade ice cream and…you get the drift.

But very shortly after evo ’10 concluded, two little pink lines appeared telling me that “YAY! A baby is coming!”. To say that we were thrilled is an understatement.  And to say that I spent the rest of the summer battling a killer case of morning sickness would also be an understatement. A big one.

So the summer that was going to be full of fun and excitement turned into the summer full of Sesame Street on the DVR and PB&J’s for dinner. With the occasional painting fiesta tossed in for good measure. She paints, I lay on the couch…everybody wins.

But, if this pregnancy is like my first (and it has been so far), I should be feeling better in the next week or two and that means that this Fall will be The Season I Make Up for Being a Crap Bag.

Here is the list of activities, projects and recipes that we’re going to tackle this Fall at our house…


Visit Tracy Aviary (My girl loves birds so much that it prompted her Grandpa to ask if he could buy her one. Uh, no.)

Go to Oktoberfest at Snowbird. Brats and live music in the mountains…let’s do this.

Visit the pumpkin patch…carve a wicked jack-o-lantern and roast those seeds.

Take my girl to Breakfast with a Witch at Gardner Village.

Enjoy a belated 10th Anniversary date night with my husband. No one wants to take Mrs. Pukey to a fancy restaurant.


Learn to can. I managed to rope Becky from The Crafting Chicks into teaching me. Peaches, pears and this apple butter are on our list.

Make pumpkin butter. Eat it with reckless abandon.

Introduce my girl to the joy and glory of hot cocoa. With mini marshmallows. I think we’ll do this the first day we see snowflakes, won’t that be fun?

Go to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for a Apple Pie Carmel Apple. I have one carmel apple each year and it’s always this one.

Find a few new soups to add to our Soup Sunday’s arsenal. Any suggestions?


Get my girl’s photo albums done. Photos shouldn’t live on a computer. I know this.

Potty Training for the girl. Hey, it can’t be all pumpkin carving and carmel apples around here.

Get my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving. No more trips to Costco on the 23rd of December. That’s just madness.

Make felt garland for the Christmas tree. I may even tackle this project starting this weekend.  Heaven knows, once the candy corn starts flowing it’s just one crazy ride until we ring in the New Year, so I better start early.


Here’s to cooler weather, feeling better and eating something besides cereal. 🙂

Have a great Labor Day weekend, Mamas!

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  1. Stephanie 09/07/2010 at 9:46 am

    love the ideas! thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Sara 09/07/2010 at 6:33 am

    If you want help putting together your girl's photo album, that's what I do. I can help you ONLINE with all the little details every step of the way should you want it. Super fun. Super versatile. Super convenient!
    Thanks for the links to your ToDo's. I think I'll put together our own ToDo list for the fall also.
    Congratulations on the baby news!

  3. raejean 09/04/2010 at 2:29 pm

    I'm so excited for fall, especially the cooler weather! Anything under 100 is good. Hopefully I can keep up on my school work and have time for some of the fun stuff you mentioned.

  4. raejean 09/04/2010 at 8:29 am

    I'm so excited for fall, especially the cooler weather! Anything under 100 is good. Hopefully I can keep up on my school work and have time for some of the fun stuff you mentioned.

  5. Momitforward 09/03/2010 at 9:16 pm

    Dude! That list makes me giddy and tired all at once—tired from all the fun that is to be had this fall. What you inspired me the most to do? Breakfast with a Witch at Gardener Historic Village. We love to see the witches and go every year, but have never had breakfast with them. Sounds like fun! I'll also grab a gazillion sugar cookies from the bakery while I'm there. Delicious!

    Things can only get better from here for you! Yay for fall!

  6. Kathy D 09/03/2010 at 5:19 pm

    I think we're living parell lives! I too had big plans for the summer but was knocked out with morning (all day) sickness. Your most helped me to feel like all is not lost and we're going to have a fantastic Fall!

  7. Beckyljames 09/03/2010 at 3:13 pm

    Please take me and my girls on a few of these outtings so I am not a complete loser of a mom!

    Oh and we are SO on for canning! I can't wait…well, let's both not feeling like puking before we attempt it! 🙂

  8. erica_f 09/03/2010 at 11:20 am

    OMG, I'm cracking up about Crap Bag. Love the felt garland, too–let me know how it turns out. Hope you have fun catching up on life's pleasures 🙂