Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall Bucket List

Here are the things we've come up with so far of things to complete by early November:
  • Visit a pumpkin patch
  • Make apple cider
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Make s'mores in the fire pit
  • Have a wiener roast
  • Bake pumpkin muffins
  • Bake pumpkin bread  (Ginger Pumpkin Bread)
  • Play in the leaves
  • Go on a hayride.
  • Make Thanksgiving- or fall-related crafts with the kids.
  • Bake apple crisp.
  • Read Thanksgiving-related books (including A Cranberry Thanksgiving).
  • Bake Cranberry Orange bread (from A Cranberry Thanksgiving)
  • Eat a turkey dinner.
  • Make caramel apples.
  • Bob for apples with the kids.
  • Get lost in a corn maze.
  • Do some Leaf art - eg. leaf prints, leaf rubbing, etc).
  • Go on a fall nature walk...give the kids a checklist of things to look for.
  • Play in pumpkin guts  (Pumpkin guts)
  • Do a backyard scavenger hunt.  Scavenger Hunt
  • Create a nature shadow box.  Nature Shadow Boxes
  • Make a list of things we are thankful for.
  • Take fall photos of the kids.
  • See an IMAX show.
  • Fit the kids' with winter clothes - try on last year's and buy what's needed.
  • Drink hot chocolate after a cool walk outside.
  • Figure out Halloween costumes
  • Watch thousands of geese land in a local lake as they prepare to migrate

In addition to the above, here are my personal to-do objectives for the month of October:
  • Enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.
  • Open the windows at night, curl up under a blanket, and watch a movie with my hubbie.
  • Finish re-organizing the schoolroom.
  • Clean off pile of papers on the couch in the master bedroom.
  • File away the piles of kids' keepsakes.
  • Change to winter tires.
  • Make sure there's a snow scraper in the car.
  • Fix the remote start for the car.
  • Get my first (ever) massage.
  • Relax in a bubble bath.

Any other suggestions I could add to these lists?


  1. Great list- we had many of the same activities on the one we made, although I added your idea of watching the geese come in at sunset. Our list also had making fall soup together, and making pumpkin raisin cookies to give away to someone.

  2. I originally had 'soup-making' on our list, too, but then took it off because I make soup often enough that it felt a little 'ordinary' all of the sudden. But I do have an idea for making pumpkin soup, which is something I've never made I guess that would count after all!


  3. Great list! We're getting ready to make our list, too. I didn't like the end that was leading into such things as ice scrapers...

  4. Amen Sharon - the ice scraper thing rather made me ill to know that I had to get on this soon!


  5. It all sounds very lovely and cozy. I am also ready to indulge in a few Pumpkin Spice Lattes now that fall is truly here :)

  6. Yeah Melissa, I realize that I said that I'd like to have "a" pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks...however, upon further consideration, I think I'll indulge in a NUMBER of those lovely concoctions!

    I lift my cup to you!


  7. Having just had my first ever Pumpkin Spice latte this evening...I can cross it off my fall bucket list...and can highly recommend it as worthwhile task to get done!

  8. OK, Carolyn, just stop it!! That's just nasty. :) I'm practically salivating with the wanting of that latte...but I'm already in my PJs.

    But tomorrow morning, I do believe I have a wee bit of space in my schedule to get one to go. I can hardly wait!!


  9. Also... get your second massage! A

  10. Go for a walk with hubby in the leaves and talk about anything but kids! lol
    Do you have a Thanksgiving parade you can go watch or am I showing my American-ness there?
    I love all the cooking ideas. I wish I had done more of that with my daughter. Sigh.
    Have fun!