Dear Diary,

Recently, I pulled my family’s fall wardrobes to the front of our closets and pushed the shorts and tank tops to the back corners. At first, the change saddened me. I’ll miss our weekend road trips to Lake Erie and Sandcastle Water Park. But then I thought about our favorite autumn activities. Although we must bundle up a bit, we still venture outdoors and enjoy the bright fall foliage. Here are our favorite fall activities and ways your family can enjoy the changing colors of the season.

Go on a Scavenger Hunt

Create a checklist of fall finds. Search for squirrels, chipmunks and deer. Look for pinecones, acorns and fallen leaves in every color.

Get Artsy

Pack a pack of crayons, sketchpads and a blanket. Sprawl out in the middle of an orchard or meadow, and draw what you see around you. Be sure to get creative and color outside the lines!

Take a Leap

Make a pile of leaves and dive in! Then repeat.

Click here for a list of other autumn activities.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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