I’ve been seeing so many people make bucket lists for specific seasons. I was inspired not so much by everyone’s lists, but by the concept of making the most of each season. Having young kids, it’s easy for me to let the time pass without being super intentional; especially since we’re homebodies! We often idealize days in and have to be really conscious about getting out of the house at times. So a Fall bucket list = yes please. When I went to make mine, I followed some advice from you guys in order to help with expectations:
- It doesn’t have to be a long list– don’t feel like you have to conquer the world in one season. The whole premise of the list is to make memories with your family and help you slow down and pause in the beauty of the simple moments.
- Keep it simple — Make the “to dos” attainable for your family, writing them with your family in mind. The list doesn’t have to be full of extravagant outings and events. Maybe pick 2 or 3 bigger list items and the rest can be as easy as “jumping in a pile of leaves” or “eating a caramel apple.”
- If everything on the list doesn’t get completed… who cares?! This exercise is supposed to be fun, not an added pressure to fit everything in. Place the list in a visible area so you have those items in mind, but don’t strain yourself to check them all off. Be intentional, not perfect. There are no prizes for completed Fall bucket lists.
With this advice in mind, Drew and I sat down and made a bucket list of things our family would enjoy. I’ll share ours with you as well as other ideas people gave from their lists! We’ve already completed a couple things from our list, including one of my favs — picking out mums at a local nursery.
(Since my sister Kelsey was taking the pictures, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to put both babies in the wagon lol #cousins. We also totally brought the wagon to put the flowers in but they had their own wagons at the nursery and sticking babies in ours was way more fun)
Here’s our Fall Bucket List:
- Go to a pumpkin patch
- Buy a Fall candle and light it often (check!)
- Make apple cider and donuts
- Pick a crisp weather day and go on a family nature walk
- Go apple picking
- Make chili and eat it with friends (check!)
- Visit a local nursery to pick out mums (a little more magical than picking them from Home Depot.. Although Linus thinks Home depot is pretty magical) (also check!)
- Watch The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown with the kids
- Watch Hocus Pocus with just Drew ( He’s never seen it and the last time I watched it I was 4 and was a little traumatized… so a redo is in order)
- Make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and pass them out to neighbors
- Make a gratitude tree (google it)
That’s it! It’s simple, short, and fits our family culture. I wanted the list to be 10 items long, but it really wanted to be 11, so ya.
Here are other ideas to help make up your Fall bucket list:
- Build a campfire
- Make s’mores
- Take a drive through mountains to see the changing leaves
- Make Halloween costumes
- Jump in a pile of leaves
- “Boo” your neighbors (ding dong ditch and leaving goodies at their door)
- Go camping
- Decorate your porch
- Buy a cozy sweater
- Make caramel apples
- Watch Gilmore Girls (This totally feels like fall to me. Fun fact, I have watched GG through 4 times. 2 of which have been with Drew. Bless him.)
- Volunteer at a charity/soup kitchen
- Host or attend a chili feed
- Go to a football game
- Go to a corn maze (personally, these give me anxiety)
- Carve pumpkins
- Take Fall family pictures (shameless plug for kelseyandnate.com)
- Go to a Fall festival
I wanted this list to be 20 items long… but it really wanted to be 19 sooo if you add the 2 lists together, you come out to a nice even 30.
And there you have it! I would love to know if you end up doing a fall bucket list and how you liked it! Hoping your Fall is filled with sweet memories and intentional moments.