Fall is flying by so quickly that I could barely remember what had happened the last few weeks. Did you ever feel the same way?
What I knew was that right after the fall equinox, our family calendar was packed (in a good way). We didn’t mean to fill the calendar blindly but to intentionally connect with friends and family that we dearly love.
So here are my fall favorites so far:
1. Marriage Retreat with Love Like That Ministries
Mike and I attended a 2-night marriage enrichment retreat with my small group which was so edifying and refreshing for our connection to grow deeper with each other. The Millers from Love Like That Ministries did an exemplary job working with us on what matters and what the expectations are, and also working through our love languages and past hurtful memories. I would highly recommend any couple who would love to strengthen their bond to sign up for the marriage enrichment program with the Millers. It was definitely worth every penny.
2. My Son Turned Two
I can’t believe my son turned two this fall. I love parties. I love hosting parties. So, we were more than delighted to throw an Elmo-themed birthday party for him. We had friends who are like family to us celebrating my little man’s birthday and we were definitely honored to have them over for this special occassion.
3. Apple Picking at Carters Mountain Orchard
This year, we had special guests who traveled all the way from Malaysia. My good friends, the Lees, were visiting Vancouver to attend their little sister’s graduation and they decided to also make their first and special trip to Virginia to visit us. With the limited days with us, Carter’s Mountain Orchard was a must-see destination for them. They wanted to witness how we locals celebrate the season of fall and apple picking at the Carters Mountain Orchard was definitely one of the top things we do annually.
On top of that, they got to try the ever famous apple cider donuts and chilled apple cider at the mountains. Who can resist such yummylicious goodness, right?
4. MUMS Fall Family Cookout
MUMS (a ministry of MOPS) was in full swing this fall and we held a fall family cookout at our leader’s farm (the Lawrence’s are always such great hosts) for our moms and their families. Approximately a hundred people (big and small) had a wonderful time feasting and having fellowship with one another.
The little ones had so much farm fun playing with the animals. And my daughter was nowhere near in sight because she was found hanging out with the baby chicks at the chicken coop most of the time!
5. Fall Festival at Church
Our church hosted a fall festival for the second year in a row and we were more than excited to participate in this family experience.
We got to put on our best ‘Country bumpkin’ outfit, played some fun family games, and the kids had a blast with hay rides, train rides, face painting, and bouncy houses. We already can’t wait for the next year’s fall festival!
6. Pumpkin Patch Visit
It is definitely a tradition for us to visit the pumpkin patch (at least once) every fall. This year, we went to the pumpkin patch twice – one with the moms group and the other with daddy. How could daddy miss all the pumpkin fun with his beloved kids, right?
We certainly visited the same farm twice because this farm offered us so much to do. We enjoyed the corn box, the put-put golf, hay rides, hay slides, pumpkin painting, and many more kid-friendly activities. With all the fun and ‘yahoooos’, we would not mind driving thirty minutes out to the country.
7. Celebrating Hubby’s Birthday
We celebrate two fall birthdays in this household. We have a little tradition that daddy takes a day off on birthdays (whether it’s mine or my daughter or son or his).
This year, we celebrated his birthday the Richmond Metro Zoo. We received the zoo tickets last Christmas from hubby’s parents but did not have the chance to use them until his birthday recently. It was an exciting day trip for us because it was my son’s first trip to the zoo and my daughter was unquestionably thrilled to visit the zoo for the second time. My son was fascinated by the giraffes and the monkeys while my daughter loves the birds of course.
And who would have thought that my hubby is actually a bird whisperer?!
There you go, my fall favorites so far and I already can’t wait for Thanksgiving
and the food comatose! Happy Fall, y’all!
Disclaimer: This post was written on November 5, 2017, but edited and photos updated on December 30, 2017.