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{Final Fall Bucketlist}


I got so behind on posting about our fall bucketlist! We did so many things and crossed so much off our list, but I couldn't find time to blog about it. Today will be a final update since I'm already knee-deep in everything Christmas!!


Bake treats & movie night:
We combined these two into one activity! I mean, who doesn't love to enjoy treats while watching a movie? We baked cupcakes and a pumpkin pizza, had jack-o-lantern floats and a multitude of other things while watching Hocus Pocus. It was such a great night!






BOO'ing Mason's Cousins:
I posted about this here. We had so much fun with his and will continue the tradition next year.


Take Fall Pics:
I took a few of us with my camera and a tripod. They came out pretty good considering. However, I can't share them yet because they will be on our Christmas cards this year!!

Camp at Jellystone Park for Fall Fiesta:
I posted about this here.


Trick or Treat:
Mason got to Trick or Treat twice. Once at Jellystone and another time on actual Halloween.



Go Camping:
We went on a few camping trips this fall. One of our favorites was the Cub Scouts Camporee {that I've yet to blog about}. We tent camped with Mason for the first time and had so much fun. He has been asking to tent camp ever since.


Become members at our Church:
We did! I do not have any pictures of us becoming members, but I do have pictures of Nathan and I getting baptized the week before.



Mainstay Farms:
This is another one of those I haven't blogged about yet! We have literally done so much that I just can't keep up. Mainstay Farms was actually our favorite part of the whole weekend. We always have a blast there.



Completed items with links to posts:
+ bake Halloween cookies or make Halloween treats
+ Boo "Mason's cousins and maybe some friends
+ buy a few fall wardrobe things
+ camp at Jellystone for Fall Fiesta
+ buy pumpkins
+ decorate or carve pumpkins
+ buy Mase Halloween pajamas
+ follow a fall photo project
+ go camping
+ volunteer at our church's 26th annual fish fry event
+ go on a hayride
+ go to a football game
+ go to Mainstay Farm/Pumpkin Patch
+ take a fall scenic drive
+ decorate the porch
+ go to the Texas State Fair
+ go to the zoo
+ have a Halloween movie night with themed foods
+ get a PSL...or seven
+ make fall wreaths to donate to our church's fish fry, bake & craft sale
+ fill our thankful jar with Mason
+ make fall/Halloween crafts
+  have a picnic at the park
+ roast marshmallows
+ stay in a cabin somewhere
+ take fall pictures
+ go on a nature walk/scavenger hunt
+ take Mason trick or treating
+ make the s'mores dip
+ visit the Farmer's Market
+ go to the Texas Country Reporter Festival
+ become members at our church 

We didn't complete our list, but we sure had a great fall!

{Tis the Season // Christmas cards with Tiny Prints}


This post is sponsored by Tiny Prints, but all opinions are 100% my own.

I really wanted to hire a photographer this year to take our family pictures in hopes of having some for Christmas cards. But, despite my best efforts we just couldn't fit it in. We are notorious for having the busiest of schedules which is both a blessing and a curse at times. Since Christmas cards {both sending and receiving} are one of my favorite things during Christmas time I knew I had to make this happen. So, I grabbed my boys, my camera, tripod and remote and we headed down to the pond to capture a few. It really went seamless and we were done in less than 10-15 minutes. For what it was I was ecstatic that we got a decent shot we could use for cards!

{2016 Holiday Home Tour}


 I know that I say it every single year, but I wish we could leave the Christmas decor and twinkle lights up all year long. I love it so much and know without a doubt that I could never grow tired of it. It's so magical and beautiful. And I love adding new touches every year. Today I am linking up with some sweet blog friends for a Holiday Home Tour. It's been dark and gloomy here for days so my pictures are grainy and disappointing. But, I am certain I will post more pictures throughout the month so that you all can get a better idea.

{2016 Winter Bucketlist}

Hall Around Texas 2016 Winter Bucketlist
 
Christmas time truly is the best time! All of the togetherness, festivities, lights, traditions, church, cheer, etc. just makes my heart so full and happy. I really wish that Christmas time lasted longer and if it were up to me I'd leave the Christmas tree up year round. There is something so special and magical about the glow of a Christmas tree. I can't wait to make memories with my sweet family this season. I am so excited that this year we get to be in church service both on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It brings me to tears that I get to celebrate my Savior's dear birth at church. How amazing is that? Today I am sharing with you our 2016 Winter {and Christmas} Bucketlist. I ran out of room on my bucketlist, but there is even more we have planned this year...all of those little things like Christmas crafting, trimmin' the tree, Elf on the Shelf Shenanigans, building a gingerbread house, making reindeer food, watching the reindeer cam, having a Christmas movie night, camping out by the Christmas tree, etc. I posted more about what we'll do this season in my 25 Ways to keep the Magic in Christmas post. Bring it on!

{Currently // Catching Up}


It's been a while since I have visited this space. The last two weeks have been a blur! I left last week for a business trip in Seattle, WA. Our home office is there and we went to visit and to join them for a Christmas party. It's been 8 or 9 years since we have visited WA and we have never attended the Christmas party. It was a wonderful trip! It's always so hard to leave your family, your home and your comfort zone, but I am so glad that we went. The trip really put many things into perspective for me and I left with a full and grateful heart. I work for such an awesome company. The owner and his wife really value their employees and they are just amazing people. Plus I got to see snow, mountains and one of my dearest and best friends!! So incredibly thankful for this!