Fall seems to bring with it a to-do list of sorts- a checklist of clothes to wear, activities to do, and food to eat. No one's immune to it. Whether you get your pumpkin spice latte while wearing boots and flannel, take a drive to see the leaves changing, or hit up the most festive local spot to wander through corn, I daresay you're doing it in the name of the season.

I had my list, too. Decorating my porch was up there. I envisioned planters upon planters of mums, and way too many pumpkins. I tried for two weeks straight to decorate it, but couldn't quite commit. One, I knew good and well those mums wouldn't last until November under my care. And two, I couldn't bring myself to drop $80 on the heirloom pumpkins I'd been eyeing at Whole Foods. I mean, I know it's decorative gourd season, and these were incredible, but, well, excessive pumpkin spending just isn't me.

And so my plans for a festive porch beyond the few pumpkins on the steps stayed on my list of Fall Dreams Hoping to be Realized. I felt a little bad about it, but it was in good company. Also on the list: apple cider donuts, apple picking, pumpkin patch, definitely not rolling around in corn kernels, meeting the witches at a quaint nearby village, making a fall wreath- I could go on.

By Saturday, I was fed up with feeling like I needed to make everything on that list happen. Do I want my children to have memories of playing in leaves then coming inside and eating a warm bowl of soup before sitting by the fire under a decorated masterpiece of a fall mantle?

I mean, sure.

There's nothing wrong with that.

It's just that, it's more important to me that they have memories. Happy ones. Ones that come from spending time together, knowing that they are loved and their presence is valued; ones that come as a result of quality time.

Our time is one of our most precious assets, and it's always been important to us to guard it well. During the work week, our children see Jason for an hour in the morning, an hour at lunch most days, and then, from the time he gets home to the time they go to bed at night, three evening hours to catch up, eat dinner, play, take a walk, and whatever else might require our attention.

We make the effort to fit in fun activities when we can and it's usually worth it. Still, the reality is that our kids are young. They're easily overwhelmed and trying to do too much isn't good for any of us.

It's more important to us to simply be together than to go out and do things just for the sake of doing them. I don't think our kids will look back on 2016 as the year they didn't see the witches. I can't imagine them looking through pictures of them growing up and wondering if they're missing a page because there's a pumpkin patch visit every other year- surely we didn't just not go.

I do hope that they'll remember being together, and that maybe they'll appreciate the being as much as, if not more than, the doing.

Time passes, autumn will turn to winter, and winter to spring, and it's not the least bit dependent on whether or not we've checked everything off our list of must-dos and must-haves. In that same vein, time passes, whether we choose to fill it with joy, warmth, and kindness, or not.

Just as we are vigilant as to how we spend our time, we make every effort to be equally conscious of what we fill our home with. I'm not quite a minimalist yet, but it's appealing. I strive to only keep things that are either useful or sentimental, and that are aesthetically pleasing.

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Or, you know, keeping your kids from chasing after ducks. 

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This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches. All opinions belong to my opinionated self.

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