Make a Fall Bucket List

I love fall. I love scarves, candles, sweaters, pumpkins. Just about everything. And I am eagerly anticipating the smell of simmering soups filling our house. There is something so cozy and warm about fall. It makes you just want to gather your family around you and enjoy the simple life.

Last year was our first year to make a fall bucket list. It proved to be a great way for us to remember to do specific family things throughout the season. I always have good intentions, but often the season gets away with me and I’ve only done a few of the things I wanted to. It’s the same reason I have to plan for summer fun.

I typically don’t forget to do the big stuff. I mean, we already have our visit to the Pumpkin Patch on the calendar. It’s the little things. The treats, the crafts, the small pleasures, that I let slide by if I don’t plan. These are things, though, that mark the season. I want my children to remember the seasons.

Our Fall Bucket List

1. Have a photo shoot with the kids in the beautiful leaves.

2. Make apple cider floats.

3. Go to the Pumpkin Patch.

4. Make and decorate fall cookies.

5. Make caramel apples.

6. Make some leaf art.

7. Go on a nature walk to find acorns, pine cones, leaves, etc.

8. Make apple prints.

9. Go on a small hike. (I use the word hike very loosely!)

10. Have hot chocolate and warm apple cider just because.

11.Make Pumpkin Whoopie Pies. Sarah says they are amazing so I’m trusting her.

12. Read lots of books about fall. (I’ll post a list shortly.)

13. Wake the kids up to Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls.

14. Go on a scenic drive to enjoy the foliage.

15. Serve ice cream like this and totally wow my kids.

16. Fill the house with fall decor, beautiful smelling candles, and gorgeous music.

17. Make these cool autumn tree paintings with bubble wrap.

18. Make a ‘thankful tree’ and add something each day in November. (We did a variation of this last year and loved it.)

19. Take pictures. Take lots of pictures.

20. Don’t worry about what we don’t do, and appreciate the ordinary moments of what actually does happen.

That’s my bucket list. I know we won’t do everything on here (hence number 20), and we’ll probably do some things that aren’t on here. My Pinterest board for fall keeps growing! But I know from experience that I will do more if I have a plan than if I don’t.

Time gets away from us if we don’t plan. The days with our children at home are fleeting. I aim to enjoy them to their fullest and make sweet memories with my children.

What’s on your bucket list for fall?

Note: All these pictures were taken by my sister last year on our trip to the Pumpkin Patch. My kids have grown so much!

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  1. I love this idea. Mine would include. 1. trip to pumpkin patch 2. try a new recipe that uses pumpkin (I have a couple of good ones on my pumpkin board on pinterest) 3. Go Camping for a night or two with the family 3. Take a long bike ride with the family (fall is great for bike rides) 4. Host a marshmallow roast

  2. Goodness!! It’s going to be hard keeping up with you!!! 😀 It definitely works to have a list; I agree that otherwise you have all those ideas that never get done in the end. Since we don’t have pumpkin patches around here, I’ll be baking at least a pumpkin pie… I love your ideas and will surely use some of them!

  3. I love fall as well (except for the allergies)! Jordan and I LOVE walking to the bus stop in the cool of the morning–the smell is never better. We were noticing several red leaves that had fallen onto the sidewalk. The squirrels are extra busy and fun to watch too. I love all of your fall ideas! We’ve gone to Edwards Apple Orchard (in my opinion,around here autumn is not complete w/o going there), and I have several other things I want to do…I need to jot them down!

  4. I wanna be there for the pumpkin patch outing! When is it?! And, I assume, I’m taking pics for the family fall portraits?! :)

  5. What a wonderful bucket list! Those pumpkin recipes have me drooling… :)

  6. I bought my first pumpkins of the season just on Saturday! I’m so excited. I make my own pumpkin puree every year. One of my family’s favorite things? Roasting the pumpkin seeds. They like that part almost more than carving a jack-o-lantern. If you need some pumpkin inspiration, has a pumpkin section in her recipes. It’s a great place for new pumpkin recipes.

  7. Great ideas…I’m inspired to start one of my own now. :)

  8. Elizabeth Kane says:

    Big lover of fall myself! The sweaters, the apple cider, the leaves. Even though long walks on the beach are nice, l’ll gladly trade them in for cooler walks in the park.

    And the ice cream idea with the apple as a cup drizzled with caramel on top looks amazing – very “wow” worthy. :)

  9. Look at how tiny Silas is in that pic! On my bucket list? Walks in the foliage with the kids, fire pit, friends over for a fall dinner, and cranberry picking. :) And you will curse those pumpkin whoopie pies when you can’t stop eating them. Julie A. gave me the recipe. Delish. Thanks for the link. :)

  10. I see a lot of bucket lists for summer, but I love that you have a bucket list for fall! Fall is my favorite season and after reading your bucket list, I’m going to have to make a list of my own and add the pumpkin whopee pies to it.

  11. I LOVED this list! Now I need to take time to make one for our family this fall…thanks for sharing your great ideas. =)

  12. Thanks for the tips! I have a batch of pumpkin sweet rolls in the fridge, to be baked in the morning thanks to you. :o)

  13. okay, just a little update on one of your yummy ideas! when you first posted this list, i opened the link for the apple bowls to look at more fully later in the day. and my husband also saw the picture–so when i mentioned doing something fun to celebrate the first day of autumn, he immediately suggested the apple bowls! so yummy! i made a simple caramel syrup recipe from Allrecipes–and didn’t read the reviews about the paleness or quantity. It worked for the ice cream okay, but it’s also a great apple or pear dip and a wonderfully delicious coffee syrup–in case you end up in a similar situation!! thanks for sharing some inspiration!!

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