What happened to summer?! Technically, it isn’t over until late September, but since my kids are headed back to school later this week, it may as well be.
Last year while browsing the Internet, I came across the brilliant idea of a Summer Bucket List – a list of things to do before summer “kicks the bucket,” the kids get back to school, and things get
real busy again. It was a raging success last year and we decided it would be a yearly tradition.
We used an actual bucket too, with the items written on clothespins that were clipped to the sides. We let it sit it out on the kitchen counter to serve as a reminder. We always seem to write things down on paper, then never remember to look at the paper again, so having an actual bucket helped.
The goals were to: 1) Get the kids in on summer planning and get them to come up with fun things they’d look forward to 2) Stave off the “I’m bored. What is there to do?” moments and 3) Give Peach something to write about in her journal (gotta keep up the reading and writing skills over the summer). Plus, the best part is getting to look at all the clothespins that accumulate and be reminded of all the fun things that we did.
I started by making a list of a few out-of-the-ordinary things I thought might be fun for the kids. Andrew and I decided that the list should mainly be made up of simple things that were low- or no-cost, with the exception of one or two biggies like a day at Disneyland. Then, we gathered as a family to think of more ideas and get them all on the clothespins. It was a fun excercise. We came up with a couple dozen great ideas.
Visit a Farmers’ Market
Shop for fresh flowers
Make a summer pie from scratch
Blow bubbles out back
Swim in the kiddie pool
Chalk mural in driveway
Run from waves at the beach
Build a family blanket fort
Our thought was that we could maybe shoot for 2-3 Bucket List items over the course of the week. Well, that was a nice thought.
Here’s how many we’ve done so far.
Life got in the way, I guess.
To cut ourselves a little slack, it’s not like we sat around doing nothing all summer long. We had a pretty full summer actually, filled with beach outings, trips to visit family, play dates and summer camps. It’s just that very few of these came from the Bucket List.
So, rather than feeling like Bucket List Failures, we’ve declared that this list of fun things will hereby be known as the Summer/Fall Bucket List. Who says we can’t extend the fun into the next season?