Winter Goals + Bucket List

>> Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wow. After I’ve written up everything on my various lists -- it seems like a lot. But, at the same time, we have a lot of the cold weather season ahead of us. It’s easy to curl up under a blanket and just feel despair when it’s dark and dreary. My idea behind coming up with this list is to bring some life and light into the coming months. If we’re feeling stuck as a family, I hope to consult it for inspiration. And maybe it will help spark your own bucket list of sorts!


Here are some general winter activities we want to do:

  • (re-)Institute a Friday family movie night
  • Take a hike in the snow with or without snowshoes
  • Go ice skating
  • Go sledding
  • Decorate inside for the holidays
  • Decorate outdoors for the holidays
  • Go to brunch at the diner down the street
  • Teach Ada the “true” meaning of Christmas
  • Try no-screen time on Sundays
  • Teach Ada to make pancakes/waffles
  • Make colorful window stars 
  • Make s’mores in the fireplace
  • Make pizza in the fireplace
  • Have an outdoor bonfire in the snow
  • Make ice cream from freshly fallen snow
  • Set family goals for 2018
  • Go to a live hockey game downtown
  • Go to the sensory play space
  • Go to the children’s museum
  • Go to the science center
  • Go to the playground even if it’s cold
  • Have indoor fun/climbing/etc. at the mall in SYR
  • Go to open swim at the YMCA
  • Wear matching pajamas (because YES)
  • Look at the stars using Ada’s new telescope 
  • Build a fort
  • Have a sleepover
  • Go XC skiing in the park nearby
  • Mull cider and wine
  • Take the whole family to the movies
  • Brew a batch of beer with our friends
  • Enjoy a stay-cation
  • Go out to dinner as a family at a local restaurant
  • Hire a babysitter (for the first time) to go on a date!
  • Play in the snow
  • Take a day trip to visit friends we don’t see often enough
  • Take an overnight to visit family we don’t see often enough
  • Have a board game night
  • Learn 5 new recipes
  • Weed through stuff each week/get rid of 1 box/week
  • Write + illustrate a family Christmas book
  • Use the slow cooker once a week/teach Ada how to make chili
  • Bake sourdough bread + bagels
  • Visit the library more often as a family
  • Have a fondue party


And this year we want to actually use our advent calendar + fill it with activities -- one to do each day leading up to Christmas.

I’m thinking:

  • Visit Wellsboro for Dickens of a Christmas
  • Donate to the local food pantry
  • Craft DIY candles out of beeswax
  • Make a gingerbread farm (I saw one at Tractor Supply)
  • Visit Santa 
  • Go to the local museum for their huge tree + train display
  • Take creative holiday photos 
  • Buy toys for a family in need
  • Memorize a few carols 
  • Discover a new local holiday festival
  • Have a PJ day + Christmas movie marathon
  • Donate gently used toys and clothes
  • Decorate Ada’s doll house
  • Drink homemade hot cocoa with candy canes
  • Make a popcorn garland for the tree
  • Tour neighborhood Christmas lights
  • Shop local for gifts
  • Dry orange slices to hang on tree
  • Make gifts for teachers/aides/bus driver/etc.
  • Start a new tradition -- T.B.D.
  • Bake Christmas cookies all day
  • Make wrapping paper
  • Go to a live holiday concert or show
  • Write Christmas cards for family and friends
  • Make ornaments for the tree, like these beeswax ornaments

Personal bucket list/to-do list:

  • Knit hats for the girls
  • Knit a scarf for me
  • Read 3 books before the first day of spring
  • Have a special self-care hour every week/take a bath 
  • Take a cooking class
  • Take a yoga class
  • Start doing Barre3 again (at home)
  • Run a 5K
  • Run a 10K
  • Take Ada on a mommy + daughter date every other week
  • (FINALLY) make photo albums of the kids/family
  • Get a pedicure
  • Play holiday/folk tunes on my violin/piano
  • Speed-clean the house 3x/week for 1hr/session
  • Start a small get-together with girl friends (trivia night, coffee, etc.)
  • Visit my friend and her new baby (due in December)
  • Finish painting the living room, bedroom, and Eloise’s room
  • Tidy up garage to make a “mudroom” space for coats, hats, etc.
  • Organize the play room/basement to better suit our needs

I’ll be back soon with some holiday gift ideas for kids!

What’s on your winter bucket list this year?

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