It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of school and sports practices, that we miss the opportunity to play. Discover some family fun with these bucket list ideas for fall!
We tease my mom because she can find a reason to celebrate anything. No matter how big or small, she always has a backup set of party napkins to throw on the table so she can call it a party.
I remember her lighting candles at dinnertime once a week and turning off the lights just so she could call it fancy.
She would make popcorn and tell us all to get a blanket and pillows. That way we could watch a movie in the dark because it made movie night scarier.
Blankets became forts and flashlights became storytelling time.
As much as we tease her for making a big plan out of something as simple as running an errand, the creativity she modeled for us as children are some of our favorite things to pass on as parents.
FINDING TIME FOR FUN
It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of school starting and sports practices and fundraisers and finishing homework, that we miss the opportunity to play. But if you don’t schedule it into your week, it may get missed, and play is when most of us come alive. Play is when we find connection, relax, lower our stress levels, and discover our passions.
For the next three months, commit to doing a few of your favorites off this Fall Bucket List every week. Don’t make this something else to complete or stress about, use it as a reference. Check them off as you do them or check off the ones that sound fun to your family.
BEFORE YOU GO…
Enjoyed the fall bucket list? You can check out my other seasonal bucket lists here:
I had a neighbor when I was young that my brother and I hung out with from dawn to dusk every day in the summer. We lived in a suburb outside of DC and enjoyed snow in the winter and changing leaves in the autumn. But summertime…summertime was our time. It was when we ruled the neighborhood.
As the oldest in the group, I headed up “field trips” to the community pool, and we created our own “Summertime Kids’ Club” complete with dues and a newsletter.
We lived in a neighborhood where you could shoot fireworks in the front yard on the Fourth of July and catch lightning bugs in the backyard. So as a mom, I can’t help but want to bring a little bit of that magic back to my own children’s summers.
Summertime is unique in that you don’t have to find as much time to squeeze family activities in. More times than not, most parents are desperate to find something to fill the time they have while the kids are home for summer.
While there is value in teaching kids that it’s ok to be bored, find ways to spend time together and create those fun family memories you’ve always wanted.
Get cozy this winter with this printable list of family friendly bucket list ideas everyone will enjoy!
I‘M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS…
I grew up in Virginia which meant snow in the wintertime. I remember having two weeks of snow days built into our school year and still going over the limit. We had blizzards that got us a week of school off at a time and the snow was past my knees. There was so much snow that we built snowman families, covered the yard in snow angels and piled snow to make forts. We had sledding competitions with the neighbors and one year made a tunnel out of snow.
CREATING FAMILY TRADITIONS
I want to recreate fun memories from my childhood as often as I can, but living in Texas, we rarely see snow. The last time we had a snow/ice storm here, my daughter was two months old, so I think we’re due for another cozy weekend.
In the meantime, I’ve created this winter bucket list to highlight all of the other ways we can create traditions in our family. I love surprising the kids with hot cocoa and going on a drive to see Christmas lights, or making green cornflake wreaths to eat while we watch The Grinch.
I would love for you to print our winter bucket list and make it your own! I’ll post a spring one in March, so you have three months to get as much done as you can! Enjoy your family, and practice slowing down to make memories this winter. Don’t let the winter blues get you down, but be intentional in creating traditions your children will pass on to their kids.