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Create a Family Bucket List for Fall

Posted By Jessica Fisher On September 27, 2011 @ 1:25 am In Fall,Family Fun,Printables | 26 Comments

photo source: Katie Balla [4]

I’ve created a family “bucket list” with my kids each summer [5] for as long as I can remember. But, it wasn’t until I was scrolling through Pinterest [6] and saw this very cute graphic [4] that it dawned on me that we could make bucket lists for every season!

{smacks head} Why didn’t I think of that?!

Seeing as we don’t see “true seasons” here in Southern California, this is a perfect way for my brood and me to mark the seasons and make the days count.

There are some things that we particularly love about autumn, like bonfires on the beach (now that the tourists have gone home), loading up on apples, taking our fall vacation, and so on.

We know that I can get a little carried away with things, so I limited myself to 25 things that I want to do with hub and the kids between now and say, Thanksgiving. Scrolling through Pinterest [6] gave me plenty of inspiration.

Check out this Fall To Do board [7] for ideas to make your own list. Need a place to write it down? Download a copy of this chart [8] and simply fill in the blanks. It’s nothing as fancy as Katie’s bucket list graphic, but it’ll work.


Here’s my list, including links, where applicable:

  1. have picnic suppers/bonfires at the beach
  2. spend lazy evenings on the hammock with my littlest ones (they love this!)
  3. make apple cider floats [9] and eat lots of apples with maple whipped cream [10]
  4. have a weekly game night
  5. make movie nights extra special with popcorn and other fun snacks, like these caramel stuffed apple cider cookies [11] or these turkey treats [12]
  6. take a week’s vacation in the mountains (Sierras, here we come!)
  7. make smores in the backyard
  8. have another power outage [13]
  9. make apple crowns [14] and apple nachos [15]
  10. fill our house with candles, like these pretty pumpkin ones [16]
  11. take walks in the dark with flashlights
  12. make garlic baked brie [17] or jalapeno poppers for football days
  13. bust out the espresso machine from storage and start making mochas at night for me and my sweetie
  14. explore a new park
  15. make apple pies to freeze [18]
  16. go hiking
  17. make apple prints [19] with the littles
  18. make a fallish dessert every week, like this no-bake pumpkin cheesecake [20]
  19. read through The Hobbit, Farmer Boy, and The Wingfeather Saga with my younger crowd
  20. start a memory jar [21] – it’s never too late
  21. bust out the fondue pot for chocolate [22] and cheese fondue
  22. wake my pumpkins up with these great breakfasts: pumpkin granola [23], pumpkin cinnamon rolls [24], pumpkin pull-apart bread [25]
  23. go on a nature walk and make these wreaths [26] with the littles
  24. dig out the fall mugs from storage and serve up hot cocoa, spiced cider, or hot lemonade on cold mornings
  25. take more pictures of kids than food!
photo source: Andre Darrigrand

I’m frankly a little overwhelmed by all the stuff there is to do in a day. But, I’m reminded how quickly the days are passing. The other day I was able to rest my head on FishBoy14’s shoulder! He’s that tall.

The others aren’t too far behind. That blondie muching on an apple is now 7. SEVEN!

The days will pass quickly. And I’ll have more than enough time for “stuff.”

We’re going to make a big TO DO of Fall this year.

Disclosure: I’m partnering with Hallmark [27] to bring you ideas for celebrating life, the ultimate special occasion. I’ve been compensated for my time spent writing. However, my opinions, jokes, family photos, little extras, and funny quirks are all my own. You can sign up to receive regular emails [28] from Hallmark.

What’s going on YOUR bucket list this fall?

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[5] a family “bucket list” with my kids each summer: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/summers-here-plan-to-have-fun.html

[6] scrolling through Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/fishmama/

[7] this Fall To Do board: http://pinterest.com/fishmama/fall-to-do/

[8] Download a copy of this chart: http://lifeasmom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Fall-To-Do-List.pdf

[9] apple cider floats: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/fast-recipes/apple-cider-floats?_mid=2282515&_rid=2282515.900900.400206

[10] apples with maple whipped cream: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/10/apples-and-maple-whipped-cream-an-easy-and-healthier-dessert-for-fall.html

[11] caramel stuffed apple cider cookies: http://scrambledhenfruit.blogspot.com/2010/11/caramel-stuffed-apple-cider-cookies.html

[12] these turkey treats: http://amysfinerthings.com/too-cute-turkey-treats

[13] another power outage: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/09/power-out.html

[14] apple crowns: http://lifeasmom.com/2008/10/recipe-swap-how-bout-them-apples.html

[15] apple nachos: http://www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2011/09/a-few-of-my-favorite-apple-recipes.html

[16] these pretty pumpkin ones: http://apumpkinandaprincess.blogspot.com/2011/09/pumpkin-candles-revisited.html

[17] garlic baked brie: http://lifeasmom.com/2008/12/garlic-brie-bread.html

[18] apple pies to freeze: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/11/slab-apple-pie-perfect-for-fall-perfect.html

[19] apple prints: http://craftberrybush.blogspot.com/2010/09/apple-print-wreath.html

[20] this no-bake pumpkin cheesecake: http://www.simplebites.net/simple-chilled-pumpkin-cheesecake-vlog/

[21] a memory jar: http://inchmark.squarespace.com/inchmark/2008/9/9/magical-thinking.html

[22] fondue pot for chocolate: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/07/chocolate-fondue-with-fruit-and/

[23] pumpkin granola: http://www.5dollardinners.com/2011/09/pumpkin-pecan-granola.html

[24] pumpkin cinnamon rolls: http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2010/09/pumpkin-cinnamon-rolls.html

[25] pumpkin pull-apart bread: http://jessicainsd.blogspot.com/2011/09/pull-apart-cinnamon-sugar-pumpkin-bread

[26] make these wreaths: http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2010/10/fall-fun-for-preschoolers-autumn-wreath.html

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