See what’s on my November bucket list this year!
I love fall so much, and I genuinely try to make the most of it when it comes around. At this time last year, Kyle and I had just moved to Dayton, Ohio, so I was very much still in a funk. I hadn’t really settled in yet. I was working at a new job and struggling to get up for it everyday, I didn’t really have any friends, and I just generally wasn’t happy.
A year later, I’ve settled into our new home, made some good friends, and I’m absolutely in love with Dayton. Before we moved here, there were so many people who felt sorry for me because I was moving to Ohio. In all honesty, especially when you’re in a relationship with someone in the military, you have to do your best to make the most out of every place you go. Kyle and I have made the most of our time here, and with just a month left of fall, I’m determined to make this fall better than the last by crossing off these five things on my November bucket list.
PLAN OUR TRIP AND TRAVEL TO CANADA
Ever since Kyle and I moved to the midwest, I’ve been determined to make it to Canada. It’s literally a skip, hop, and a jump over the border to the north, and we’re finally making it happen. When the holidays come up, Kyle and I always have to have a conversation about where we’re going to spend each one. In Louisiana, I was lucky that my parents and little sister lived there, and I was able to see them pretty frequently. Now that we’re living in the Ohio, Kyle’s parents and one of his older sisters are just a three hour drive away. Last year, Kyle and I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina twice to visit my family. This year, we decided to be a little selfish and take a short vacation over the Thanksgiving holiday, and I couldn’t be more excited.
The good thing about going to Canada for Thanksgiving is that it’s not Thanksgiving there, so places won’t be overly crowded. I’ve never been to Canada before, so I have no idea what to expect. We’re planning on going to Toronto and Montreal. We have no idea what we’re doing yet, but because I am the way I am, I’m sure I’ll have a full (loose) itinerary for us a couple weeks before we go.
It’s been a couple years since I’ve traveled outside of the country, so I’m excited to explore Canada and see what awesome things it has to offer.
TAKE A FALL HIKE
Every time I’m driving on the highway, I’m surrounded by all of the trees in the midst of turning into all the beautiful fall colors. It’s been a few months since I’ve gone on a hike, and I love spending as much time outside as possible (bundled up, of course) when it’s fall because of how beautiful the falls are here. In Louisiana, the change from summer to fall wasn’t really that dramatic, but I get an actual fall season in Ohio, and I have to make the most of it. Gunther loves going on hikes with us, so I’d love to go hiking on our of our favorite Dayton hiking trails and enjoy all the fall foliage.
READ 2 BOOKS
I had five books on my fall reading list, and so far, I’ve read three of them, Final Girls, Year of Yes, and The Kiss Quotient. I recently started rereading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Once I finish that, the last book on my fall reading list is Zodiac by Robert Graysmith. In November, I hope to read Zodiac and hopefully one other book that will satisfy another letter on my Alphabet Reading Challenge. I’ve already read 28 books this year, but I doubled (and tripled) up on some of the letters, so I haven’t quite completed the alphabet yet.
PAINT A PUMPKIN
A couple weeks ago, Kyle and I took a trip to the pumpkin patch and picked out a big pumpkin to carve and two small white pumpkins to paint. We ended up taking all of them on a trip to Chesterland, Ohio (right outside of Cleveland) when we were visiting his family. We carved the pumpkin, and we let his nephew paint one the white ones. He had so much fun, and paint got everywhere. It was too cute.
We still have one pumpkin left, and since Halloween season is almost over, we decided we’d save the last one to paint with a fall theme. We haven’t decided what we’re going to do yet, but I can’t wait to see what our creative minds come up with.
Earlier this month, I partnered with Big Lots to redecorate my master bedroom. That lit a fire in me that just wants to redecorate all the rooms in my house, but I want to do it in a way that makes our home eclectic and feel like a reflection of us. I’ve always loved thrifting and used to do it all the time in college. One of my blog friends, Darrian from Made in Mom Jeans, is always posting about her thrifting adventures on Instagram, and it’s been making me want to visit some the local thrift shops here and see what I can find. Last week, I went to Goodwill and found the most adorable pumpkin-shaped wooden bowl for our table, and I put all of the mini pumpkins and gourds and that Kyle and I got from Kleather’s Pumpkin Patch in it. It’s so cute, and it makes me want to explore more of the thrift shops in town and see what unique and fun things I can find for our home.
What are some things on your November bucket list?