Every fall (and winter, for that matter), I have so many lofty plans and traditions I want to do with our family. I want to do the pumpkin patch, cute Autumn crafts, print out the "Fall Fun To-Do Lists" that are all over Pinterest....you name it, I'd love to do it. I'm not much of a "goer" anyway, and while I've never really struggled with comparing myself to what other moms/families are doing, sometimes I can think to myself that I'm not maximizing the season, etc. And with Christmas coming, it's SO easy to get stressed about getting a game plan together for the season. Sidenote: Pinterest is such a blessing and SUCH A CURSE. I've gotten some wonderful ideas, but it's the AMOUNT of ideas that can become the problem. I think I'm going to start implementing a rule for myself: only attempt 2 (maybe 3) ideas per season, holiday, etc. I think that can really help. I know I've pinned it; it's not going anywhere. And there will be MANY Christmases and seasons where we can try new things. It's so easy to get absolutely overwhelmed with party themes, traditions to start, things to do each night, 50 ways to celebrate Advent, CRAFTS CRAFTS CRAFTS, organizing your wrapping paper within an inch of its life, YOU GET THE IDEA. There's NO way to do it all, and I've come to realize that time is so much better spent just enjoying your family, rather than trying to "activity" them to death.
So this year, we didn't go to the pumpkin patch. Partly because the day we chose to go was FRIGID and WINDY, and just had too many conflicts in trying to get everyone together to go. So we ate at Cracker Barrel with my family yesterday morning then stopped by a local church that was selling pumpkins. The kids picked out pumpkins in about 5 minutes, and we went home. That was our "pumpkin patch" experience this year, and I'm letting it go. It was just as special of a day because we were with family. Hayrides and petting zoos and all the bells and whistles can be fun, but all you need is family.
So Happy [Simplified] Fall!