Making It Happen

Calendar

I’ve been a fan of Google Calendar for years now. I have a personal calendar, a calendar for my kids, and a calendar for my scrapbooking commitments. I share access to my husband’s calendar and even a calendar for the Daily Digi!

Calendars are my best tool for staying organized.

Items with dates attached are easy to add to the calendar – things like school concerts, Christmas parties, birthday parties, major holidays. I know exactly what date and time they are at and I can block them off in my calendar.

But, what about those items that are seasonal but that don’t necessarily have a specific date? Think about activities like an autumn day apple picking with the family, or watching It’s a Wonderful Life in the lead-up to Christmas. I know roughly when I want to do them, but not a specific date.

I’ve started to just put these items in my calendar, tentatively. Obviously, if I’ve marked down “apple picking at the orchard” for a Saturday in September and it’s pouring rain outside, I’ll move it to another weekend. But, the odds of actually going are still much higher because it’s in my calendar.

Here are some of the family activities that we enjoy that can be tentatively marked in our calendar:

AUTUMN

  • Apple picking at an orchard
  • Picking a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch
  • Walk through the woods to check out the fall colours
  • Watching Wizard of Oz before Halloween
  • Collecting acorns and pinecones at a favourite forest trail

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My daughter, leaf collecting at the park.

WINTER

  • Making ornaments with the kids
  • Decorating a gingerbread house
  • Watching It’s a Wonderful Life with the family
  • Baking Christmas goodies
  • Driving through some neighbourhoods to check out the Christmas lights

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My son, building a snowman.

SPRING

  • Visiting the baby animals at the farm
  • Spring cleaning
  • Shopping for Easter clothes
  • Baking hot cross buns
  • Check out the tulips in the parks

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A spring tulip.

SUMMER

  • Heading to the beach for the day
  • Picnic at the park
  • Canoeing on the lake
  • Star gazing

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Roasting marshmallows over a fire.

This isn’t about creating a “must-do” list – it’s just a memory jogger for me. There’s no guilt if we don’t do something on a specific day, or even if we never get around to it all. Maybe it’s better to even just call it a “Seasonal Wish List”. Whatever it’s called, it works for us!

PS – The paper in the title kit is from Erica Zwart’s Outdoor Adventure kit.