Happy first day of autumn to you!
Fall is officially here at last, and I’m planning on soaking up every moment of this beautiful season. On today’s agenda are overcast skies, a nip in the air, hot autumn spice tea, and warm vegetable lentil soup.
Yup, you guessed it. I’m one of those crazy fall-obsessed people, and I’m completely unashamed. Give me all of the colorful gourds and pumpkins! I’ll take cozy sweaters and blankets galore. And don’t forget the harvest fruits and vegetables, and the warm drinks on chilly days.
Yes, I’m a happy camper indeed when the autumn leaves start turning.
There’s just something about fall that has always had my heart. I spent the first 25 years of my life living in Florida, but I always wished I lived in a place where leaves turned golden. I wanted the air to feel crisp and cool!
When I was a child, we sometimes took trips to the breathtaking North Carolina mountains. It was there that I developed my deep love for the season, despite my young age.
This year, we’ll have to make a point of enjoying autumn even more because of what a busy season it promises to be! Toward the end of it, we’ll be welcoming our little Jack into the world.
So Much To Do, So Little Time
We have quite a long to do list to accomplish before he arrives. For starters, we’re moving in just 16 days! Many of our plans can’t be started until after we’re moved in, so feels like time is running short. I know we’ll manage to get it all done in the end, though.
Here are some of the highlights on our list:
- Move into our 2-bedroom apartment
- Sell our current family room furniture and find pieces that work better for us
- Set up Jack’s nursery
- Purchase what we’ll need for Jack that we don’t receive from friends and family
- Prepare a few weeks of freezer meals
- Finish knitting Jack’s baby blanket, hats, and baby sweater
- Buy Christmas gifts early
- Decorate for Christmas early
To be honest, each of those tasks has quite a few subtasks. Also, the list doesn’t include a lot of other random to dos in my spreadsheet (yes, I’m geeky). But I’m just taking life one day at a time and praying that I feel well enough to work on at least one thing each day.
We’re down to 11 weeks until my due date, which is blowing my mind. My goal is to have everything ready and in place by 38 weeks, just in case Jack decides to make his appearance early.
I want to be able to rest and relax in the days leading up to his birth as much as possible. Thanksgiving Day actually falls on the first day of my 38th week, so my goal is to have everything finished and ready by Thanksgiving!
Packing for our upcoming move is one of the main projects I’m currently working on, and it’s going well. I pulled out our fall decor and put away our summer decor, but I haven’t properly arranged any of it yet. I’m mostly waiting until we move since what I’m currently using as a sideboard will be turned into Jack’s dresser in the new apartment.
Rustic Autumn Decor Inspiration
Since our apartment is currently in transition, I thought I’d share a few photos of last year’s autumn decor to give you some inspiration. It was all very inexpensive to put together, and I loved the way it turned out!
I went for more of a rustic autumn decor theme and incorporated lots of natural colors and textures. Pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors were all over the apartment. I also used different gourds, pears, and onions where I could.
The framed subway art was found on Pinterest and printed off. I also used the birch vase we received as a wedding gift and a few other rustic autumn decor pieces from Hobby Lobby.
I hope this rustic autumn decor has given you a bit of inspiration. What are some of your plans for this fall? I’d love to hear them!