How To Create Family Seasonal Bucket Lists

The days are long but the years go by quickly.  How can you be intentional with your time and create sweet family memories?  Creating bucket lists is a favorite of ours because it helps us get excited for all we have to look forward to in the new season, be intentional with our time, and hopefully create memories that will last a lifetime.  Then at the end of the season, it gives us pause to reflect on all we did do amongst all the chaos!

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Bucket lists helps you anticipate the joy of the season.
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Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that we have only 18 summers with our kids…some of us might get a few more, some a few less based on summer plans and obligations.  I have just 10 summers left with my oldest (this summer included).  #passthekleenex  I want to make the most of the time I have and I know you do! 
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Seasonal bucket lists help us to be intentional, making time for what matters. 
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How do you create a family seasonal bucket list?

 

Sit down and Write It As a Family.

We sat down the night school let out for the summer because we were so excited to anticipate all that we love about summer.  You might be surprised what your kids mention they want to do in the upcoming season.  Often times its very simple things.

Reminisce about Last Year. 

Discuss what you have done in the past.  What things did you do that you loved?   What special memories do you remember?  What do you want to do again?  Make sure it’s on the list.

Brainstorm.  

We work together to come up with all the things we want to do.We might narrow it down to a manageable list that will fit on our board.  That doesn’t mean we won’t do other things but this is a list to start from.   Scott and I also throw in some things they forget (like family vacations) or little things we want to do with them.

Record.

Depending on how old your kids are, you could have them help record or have them do their own bucket lists.

Post the List where you can see it.  

Then the kids cross off items as we do them.   We post ours in our kitchen on an old full-length mirror I painted with chalk paint.

Focus on these bucket list items.

Every season bring busyness but focus on the things you and your kids wrote down on your bucket list.  Those are the things that matter most to you.  If you miss something, that’s ok!  There’s always next year!

Reflect with Gratitude.

At the end of each season, take time to look back and remember all the fun you had together!  It’s a great skill to teach your kids to reflect and be grateful.
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Reflection is an opportunity remember all the fun we had and be grateful for all the memories we made.
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So what do you put on your seasonal bucket list?

Service Projects.

This year we hosted a #LeilanisLemonadeStand to kick off our summer.  All the proceeds went to support a sweet young girls’ family.   You could also pick up the trash at a local park, collect food for the food pantry, make cards to be shared at the hospital or a nursing home, or bake cookies for your local police or fire department.

Home Activities.

My kids love to squish the couches together and watch a movie.  They also love to have family room picnics.  How about cooking with your kids?  You could also put up the tent in your basement for a little at-home camping.  You could also invite friends over for a play date, make a craft at home or write postcards to family far away.   Host a bonfire and play kick the can with your guests.  Make at hot cocoa.  Indoor snowball fight.  Carve pumpkins.  Plant flowers.  Create a garden.

Local Activities.

Go to the park, go to a lake, visit the library, participate in the summer reading program, attend a local class at a craft store, go downtown and play, visit the zoo, go to the pool, visit a splash pad.  Visit the pumpkin patch.  Go to the apple orchard.  Visit your alma mater.  Attend a sporting event.  Go ice skating.  Go fishing.  Sledding.  Snowman building.  Go to a state park.  Go hiking or camping.

Bigger Activites.

Don’t forget to include bigger activities too like vacations, family visits, road trips and seasonal and holiday activities.

 

Seasonal Bucket List Inspiration

 

Just Remember –

Bucket lists are not meant to overwhelm you or be a competition of who did the season best.  Be intentional, have fun and remember we aren’t aiming for the perfect season, just a great, memory-filled one!  Expectations can be the thief of joy!

What’s on your bucket list? 

 

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