New Year’s Tradition: Family Bucket List
On New Year’s Eve we started a new family tradition. We filled up a bucket with all the things we want to do this year. We each took turns so everyone would have the same amount of to-dos for the year. I was most surprised by how serious my boys (ages 3 and 6) were in choosing their contributions. I was certain they would write things like, I want more legos or buy more toys. But, they never once mentioned anything material. Each time their turn came around they sat quietly pondering all the possibilities. My husband and I enjoyed listening to all their wishes for the year and it was a nice reminder that children are full of hopes and dreams, too. Sometimes all we have to do is ask. If you do this activity with your children, you may be surprised by what memories and activities they hold sacred.
We placed our bucket on our mantel. A daily reminder that we are accountable for all it’s contents. The boys are eager to pull the pieces of paper out after each recreation.
Here is our 2011 bucket list:
- Vacation in Arkansas
- Go camping
- Play with friend, Seven (our old neighbor’s son)
- Have a family dinner while camping
- Go fishing
- Find a new place to hike with family
- Eat blueberries (my youngest is devastated they are not in season)
- Go disc golfing with the family
- Play with Riley
- Go snowboarding
- Collect seashells
- Visit the Grand Canyon
- Visit Grandma in Sacramento
- Learn how to ride a horse
- Go to the beach
- Go to Black Beauty Ranch Animal Sanctuary
- Travel around the world and collect coins
- Stay in a cabin
- Move to Arizona
2011 will be a busy year. Better get started!
If you decide to make a family bucket list, I would love to hear your list.