The Seasonal Bucket List
I love the changing of the seasons. When asked to pick a favorite, I often jump to autumn, but then think of Christmas (aka winter), and then remember the budding of the trees in the spring, and then the joy and fun of summer… I then come to realized that I don’t have a favorite. I appreciate each of them and am so grateful to live in a state/climate where we receive a broad spectrum of weather to accompany each one.
With the seasons come seasonal activities, events, etc. Our lives are very busy, and although our business is very seasonal (something else I love), all those family activities and events could easily slip by the wayside if we are not intentional about planning for and making time for them. This is why we started using the Seasonal Bucket List. It helps us to look at all the possible opportunities and be intentional about what we want for our family to be able to experience each season. Most of these activities are not “pre-scheduled” or included on our annual time block, so we really need to start looking at them in advance to make sure there is room on our schedule.
We moved this past March/April and are still in the process of unpacking and settling in. Unfortunately, we did not take the time to plan our spring or summer bucket list and now looking back, I wish we would have made that a priority. There are a number of things that we missed out on doing… memories that will not be had for our kids. It makes me sad, but thankful for the opportunity to realized how important this process is.
I try and follow this general schedule for putting together our bucket lists:
Winter – Planning in October (I bunch Thanksgiving into winter, although I know it is technically still fall)
Spring – Planning in February
Summer – Planning in May
Fall – Planning in August
I also try and look at all the holidays that are part of that season at the same time.
In addition to just listing the activity or event, we also make note of any specific time frame that it is scheduled, available, or appropriate. We also note the estimated cost of the activity so that we are able to pick and/or budget accordingly.
Here is an idea of some of the things that we include in our seasonal bucket lists –
Apple Picking & Apple Cider
Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Harvest Fest at Miller Farms
Trip to the Zoo (we love going after school is back in and it is not as crowded and hot!)
Color Hike (or drive) in the mountains
Visit the Farmers Market
Train Ride (we have a few historic trains in the area that do mountain tours)
Halloween Planning (costumes, decorations, activities, etc.)
Trick or Treat Street at Castle Rock
Family Event (generally some sort of ticketed event – Disney on Ice, Polar Express at the railway, concert or show, etc.)
Picking out or cutting down our Christmas tree
Service or Giving
Ornament Shopping (each year the kids get to pick out an ornament and we also buy our Family Ornaments)
Zoo Lights (Denver Zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, or both)
Christmas light drive (we just drive around neighborhoods and look at Christmas lights)
Hot Chocolate (although this sounds like something that will just happen naturally, sometimes things are busy and we just forget – I like to add it to the list just to make sure it happens, ideally more than once)
Build a Snowman & make Snow Angels
Winter Hike – on a nice warm day
… Many of these items are not necessarily planned, but happen based on the weather. This just keeps them in the forefront of our minds as we review this list throughout the season.
Add to our orchard and berry patch
Plan and Plant Annual Flowers
Have a BBQ
Start plants indoors
Visit a farm (or two, or three… even though we live on one, we still like to visit others)
Fly a Kite
Trip to the Zoo
Have a Play Day
Mother’s Day Planning
Memorial Day Planning
Set up the pool
Have a water balloon fight
Plant a garden
Berry Picking at Berry Patch Farms
Picnic at the Park
Father’s Day Planning
4th of July Planning
Labor Day Planning
Feel free to download our Seasonal Planner forms here:
They are in PDF format so they can easily be printed and filled in by hand (and added to your Holiday Planner if you have one set up).
Fall Seasonal Planner
Winter Seasonal Planner
Spring Seasonal Planner (coming soon)
Summer Seasonal Planner (coming soon)
And please share what you have on your seasonal bucket lists!