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Making the Most of Winter

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When it comes to winter, there’s no one in this household that loves it more than Ellie. In fact, she may be the only one that loves this cold season, haha. Her eyes light up at the first sign of snow and hats and gloves are her favorite accessories. I have to admit, seeing her so giddy makes the season magical, despite that fact that she does throw snowballs atop my head. (She’s got good aim!)


While I’m more of a curl up inside and stay warm type, I’ve decided to brave the cold this winter! Well, at least until January. 😉 Might as well make the most of it, right? We came up with a winter bucket list and truth be told, I’m actually excited about it. And Ellie? She’s going to be thrilled. Perhaps I’ll come around to winter after all? Yeah, probably not, but fake it till you make it, right?

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Winter Bucket List:

  • Build a Snowman
    Let’s face it, this snowman’s name with most likely be “Olaf” and will be followed by several verses of “Do you want to build a snowman?” 😉
  • Decorate Christmas Tree
    Done and done! We decorated the cutest Christmas tree for family night last night and Ellie was giddy beyond belief. Mission accomplished!
  • Go Ice Skating
    When I was six, I dreamed of being a professional ice skater. I came pretty close (I can skate on one leg and spin once around, that’s pretty professional, right? Ha!) but I seriously love it. I can’t wait to take E!
  • See lights at Temple Square
    The rest of Utah will probably be there too, but man oh man, do I love that temple. The treats at Kneaders aren’t too shabby either 😉
  • Bake Christmas Cookies
    I feel like this one is a no brainer.


  • Paint Pinecones
    Ellie has been begging to paint pinecones, so while my sister Erin was babysitting, they painted some together. Now I want to hang them up as ornaments on our tree!
  • Donate Old Toys
    I always feel the need to clean out our playroom before Christmas morning
  • Build a Fort
    With twinkle lights and s’mores, please
  • Make Paper Snowflakes
    I’ve got a preschooler who loves to use scissors (and needs something to cut besides her hair :/ only happened once, knock on wood!)
  • Go Christmas Shopping
    After our experience at the checkout line a few days ago (yup, I was that mom with those kids), I think I’m sticking to online shopping for the rest of my Christmas list! I found the CUTEST children’s clothing boutique, and Ellie’s pink owl shirt? Her new favorite (which is saying a lot for a kid that prefers to run around without clothes!) I’m headed back to Little Skye Kids’ Boutique Clothing to check off the rest of my list!

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  • Mail Christmas Cards
    And preferably before New Years… 😉
  • Read the Christmas Story
    And perhaps act it out on Christmas eve too? It’s tradition!
  • Go Sledding
    Ellie has her sled waiting by our garage door. As soon as there’s enough snow on our big hill, we’re headed down!
  • Make Handprint Ornaments
    I just pulled out Ellie’s tiny baby handprint ornament, cue the mushy gushy mom moment!
  • Watch the Nutcracker
    Thanks to Daniel Tiger, Ellie is obsessed with the Nutcracker.
  • Write a letter to Santa
    Ellie’s letter to Santa (shown below) states that she has been a “very good girl this year.” That same Santa letter is now covered in perfectly shaped handprints…chocolate handprints. Don’t ask. 😉


Here’s to a magical winter! What’s on your winter bucket list?

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Alexa Zurcher




  • Unknown

    Awwwww this is the most precious post xx I'm totally with Ellie on this one. I adore the snow and winter and Christmastime! Good luck with your bucket list. I'll be living vicariously through you (well about the snow stuff at least!!) xx

  • Simply Alexandra // My Favorite Things

    I love seeing the nutcracker each year! We don't always make it but it's a goal to. Also hoping to send Christmas cads for the first time this year. Slacking a little so far.My husband and I like to pick a way to give back each year. Sometimes we donate bleach and paper towels to the animal shelter, other times we get an angel tree ornament and give that child gifts. Not sure what it will be this year! 🙂 Such a fun list you have! XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  • Ashley Ziegler

    This is such a cute bucket list for Winter! 🙂 I love that photo of Ellie in the green ornament! What a cutie 🙂 I may have to join her in some of these tasks this winter!

  • The Girl who Loved to Write

    That ornament picture is precious!

  • Unknown

    Okay, so my daughter Leah (who is Ellie's age) is also obsessed with Daniel Tiger and the other day, while decorating the Christmas tree and listening to Christmas music, The Nutcracker came on our Christmas Pandora station and Leah exclaimed "Oh, I love The Nutcracker song!!" I was momentarily stunned as to how the heck she knew the Nutcracker music until I remembered she's only seen the Nutcracker episode of Daniel Tiger a million times. 😛

  • Unknown

    These are all such cute pictures!! I love how you captured Ellie in the snow. I can't wait to do some of the things on that list this winter!

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