Fall Bucket List

Happy Hump Day my friends!

It has been a great week thus far--as y'all know I've loved student teaching all along, but the last few weeks I had been struggling to manage stress and also find time for myself and sleep.  This week I've finally managed to find a groove and am feeling much more relaxed about things.

Also, I thought I would update you that I had my final Teach for America interview yesterday and think it went really well.  I still haven't decided if I want to do TFA or not, but I'll find out if I've been chosen November 8 and hopefully if the answer is yes, it will be an easy decision.

Finally, I'd like to thank you all for your sweet comments about my choosing to decrease blogging to twice a week during the remainder of student teaching.  It means a lot to me to have such a supportive blog network and have also decided I will try to do little (one line) life updates or thoughts on my Facebook page on the days I'm not posting.  To check out the Facebook page, click here and "Like" it!

For today's post, I bring you Student Teaching Guest Post #10 from sweet Addison from Carolina On My Mind.  Addison is an aspiring teacher just like me, as well as a lover of all things Southern and preppy just like me.  Be sure to check out her blog--she's recently engaged and it's so fun reading about this exciting time in her life.  So without further adieu, here's Addison!  Enjoy!

I cannot believe it is fall!  Fall has become my favorite season as I long for the vanilla and pumpkin smells of candles placed throughout my apartment, the smell of leaves and the chill in the air, the new outfits and favorites I get to dig out of my closet, and the fun activities that are associated with this time of year.  I have waited so long for these crisp temperatures, the changing leaves, and the crunch underneath my feet on the walk to class.  Now that it is finally here, there are lots of activities that I want to accomplish.  With the comfortable temperatures, I am wanting to spend as much time outside as possible! As I was brainstorming for my own fall bucket list, I ran across this cute fall to do-list:

I thought this to-do list was great start for fun ideas to do with your roommates, boyfriend/husband, or family! I love the suggestions on here, but wanted to add my own thoughts to it as well.  Because the weather seems to be so fabulous this time of year, I wanted to add more outdoorsy type activities.

Here are my additions:
Go to the pumpkin patch
Carve your pumpkin
Go to the park and have a picnic
Go to the mountains and hike
Have a bonfire and make s'mores
Go through a corn maze
Jump in a pile of leaves

So far, I can mark off my Fall Bucket List: Go to the mountains and hike, go for walks, take lots of pictures, and sit outside!

Stephen and I have already started to work on our list we made together.  Last weekend we were invited for a mountain trip getaway by another couple who we are great friends with! We had a ball! The temperature was perfect, requiring a light jacket, the leaves were changing and falling, and it made for a cozy atmosphere in the log cabin we stayed in.  We spent our time hiking to the top of one of the mountains, walking around the lake, taking a stroll through the neighborhood admiring all the beautiful homes, playing Apples-to-Apples after dinner each night, and curling up on the couch and talking for hours.  Here are a couple of pictures from our hike - it was the epitome of a fall day so I just had to capture our time together!

View on top of the mountain - it is hard to see in the picture but the leaves were all changing! Lots of reds and yellows!

Stephen going all the way to the edge, typical.

At the top of the mountain. Our friends are in the background!

The matching was not intentional! We are walking around Lake Susan at Montreat!

Beautiful views where ever you looked at Lake Susan.

One thing I love about Fall is that you can find neat ideas and activities to do without breaking the bank, and is quite appropriate for a college girl's budget.

What are some of your favorite Fall activities? Do you make a bucket list of activities you'd like to do?

Have a great day friends--see you Monday!


  1. I think a bucket list is a great idea!! I am inspired to create one for the HHL home... going to a pumpkin patch with our God children will definitely be on it!!

    Looks like a fabulous time with your friends... your photos are great!

    Happy Wednesday..xo HHL

  2. I think a fall bucket list is a great idea! Maybe when I go visit mark next week we can make a mini bucket list to do that weekend! Great pictures!

  3. I would love a Fall bucket list- if only VA would cooperate and the weather would feel like fall! It's either rainy and chilly or hot and sunny! I think I have sunburn on my nose! I really need to go hiking though- gorgeous views and exercise too!

  4. Love the fall bucket list, child :) What pretty pictures you took of all the fall colors on the trees! I LOOOVE this time of year!! Goodluck with your student teaching!! xo

  5. I want a fall bucket list! Love it and love your photos of Montreat!

  6. Those are some great ideas! Fall is my favorite time of the year in VA, despite all of the rain. :)

  7. I need a fall bucket list for my kids, but we're hitting some of the highlights.

  8. I love Montreat! My Sorority had our Fall Mountain Retreat there a few years ago and I fell in love. So pretty with all the changing leaves and the beautiful lake.

  9. I was just in Montreat last week, one of my favorite places :-) So pretty

    Just found your blog, so glad I did!


  10. I really want to go apple picking. I have been trying to go to a few years now and just haven't been able to work it out. I love your list. I want to do all of that as well! :) Now following your blog.

    I would love if you could stop by my blog and check out my JewelMint photo shoot. I would love to know what you think!


  11. I have heard great things about TFA and one of my dear friends actually did it when we graduated in 2009. Check out her blog http://wayfarersandworksheets.blogspot.com/ and I bet she'd love to talk to you if you have any questions. Good luck and I will keep my fingers crossed for you!

  12. Gorgeous photos! I have to say that I didn't blog very much when I was student teaching either - I just didn't have time!


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