We are in the full throes of Indian Summer here in the Bay Area, so it’s hard to believe that fall is here just yet… but I love celebrating the changing of the seasons, and fall is my favorite of all — something about the different light, the bite in the air, and that fall smell…
Fall Family Projects
Anyway, I was inspired by the beautiful image above I found on Pinterest a few weeks ago — it’s from this great blogger, Katie at LovesofLife.com. To celebrate the First Day of Fall yesterday, I was excited to make our own bucket list with my kids. We were running around in the car much of the day, and this was a great conversation topic (much better than “Stop harassing your sister! Give your brother back his book! Mom, he/she hit me!!”) We brainstormed ideas as we drove around, and when we got home, we took a few minutes to sit down before dinner to write down our ideas and add some more.
The idea of a bucket list (or a life to-do list – call it whatever you like) appeals to me these days more than ever. I feel like the weeks, months and seasons fly by so quickly now with the busy-ness of three young kids, school, activities, etc; I really like the idea of trying to be a little more intentional with how we spend the free time we have. I don’t want to be overly ambitious (though I probably have been) — as my son was eager to note, our #1 rule for our Fall List is Have Fun!
Making Your List
You can download and print the list above from LovesofLife.com or you can make your own if you’d like to personalize some of the activities. Of course, it doesn’t have to be fancy at all. I ended up making ours in Word (I inserted a table and just used different fonts and shadings on the cells. As you can see below, I am clearly not a graphic designer.)
Since none of my kids are readers yet, I had my son illustrate the activities so he can remember what they are (that’s what those hieroglyphics are… e.g., for “Make fall cookies”, my son H pointed out the squiggly line “is the smell of baking cookies coming out of the oven. You can see the cookies through the oven door.” Clearly. I love it.)
Finalizing Your Fall Bucket List
I’m planning to laminate ours and hang it at kid-height on the wall (yes, I’m a geek and bought a laminating machine at Costco); you could also put it in an 8×10 picture frame and use a dry-erase marker to mark off activities as you do them. I can’t wait to get started!
What’s on your fall bucket list?