Our list this year has much of what we had on last year. I added a few new things and put some simple little at home tasks on there too. I found that the bucket list really motivated me to wake up in the morning and have a plan for the day. It motivated me to go out and do things with the kids so that I could check things off. I liked how friends and family asked how we were doing on our bucket list. And when I was feeling uninspired for how we should spend an afternoon or morning...I had a reference spot.
So our list is big and has some big and some small. It also includes things that we will of course do. But I love checking things off and it is also a way to point out all the things that we have done at the end of the summer...and heck, those things that are no brainer things we have on our calendar or will do for sure...well why not get a little credit for doing something that comes easy or is something we are going to do anyway.
So here is our list so far for our summer. Charley and Henry helped brainstorm our list and I spent a little time actually assembling our list.
- Go to a sprinkler park
- Go to Grandma Barb's
- Go to Grandma Charlie's
- Go to Morgan's house
- Go to a farmer's market
- Go out for ice cream
- Go pick berries
- Go to Centennial Lakes
- Go to the cottage
- Go to the beach
- Go to the pool
- Go to the library (three of them)
- Go to a nature center
- Go to the zoo
- Go to a museum
- Go to 10 different local parks
- Meet mama's local blog friend face to face for the first time. Roz :)
- Feed the fish at Community park
- Go to an indoor park
- Watch cars race
- Bake 3 NEW things. Things we have never baked before
- Plant a tree
- Get a birdhouse/feeder on a pole
- Create board games
- Go to the craft store and pick your own craft Price limit...like under $5.00
- play bocce ball
- Ice cream in Bayfield
- Lunch at Skips
- Walk for breakfast
- Playdates with friends (a few for each kid)
- Make Rainbow pudding pops
- Make pickles
- go to lake Superior
- walk to the coffee shop
- Go out for donuts
- Lunch with daddy on a work day
- Go to a movie
- Find a garage sale treasure
- Send 5 postcards
- Have a pj day
- Bring a neighbor something yummy we baked (four times)
- Have a bonfire
- Charley goes to Boy Scout camp
- Read in 20 different places (not home) I want Charley to continue to escape into books. So I am going to challenge him to have a book along and we can go read at parks, sitting on a dock, at the library, in a waiting room, etc.
- See fireworks
- Greg and Liz's wedding
- Have friends over for waffles
- Ice cream sundae party with friends
- Picnic lunch
- Picnic dinner
- Picnic Inside
- Pizza at a park? I am thinking we would go with friends and have pizza delivered
- Go to a candy store
- Go camping
- Go on a nature hike
- Go fishing
- Go on a boat
- Go on a canoe
- Go to a library program event
- Go on a waterslide
- Make play dough
- Make chalk paint
- Water balloons
- Slip and Slide
- Charley makes dinner He will pick the menu and help make it
- Henry makes dinner
- fly a kite
- Cheer on mom at the Dirty Girl Race
- camera walk Go on a walk and let them take pictures with my old camera
- Rent Redbox movie
- Write letters to friends and family we love I would like to challenge us to do one a week
- Celebrate mom's birthday
- Celebrate mom and dad's anniversary 10 years this year!
- Go hit golf balls with dad
Other things that I am making a priority this summer:
Since our summer has very little structure I want to establish a small and simple routine that allows for some structure to emerge. I want Charley to spend time during the week: reading, working on his math facts, and writing. I want Henry to spend time each week: on his letters, numbers, and fine motor (cutting and writing).
Each week I want to set aside an hour of my free time to plan out the week ahead with a craft or two, a baking or cooking challenge for us, and a little layout to our outings, playmates, etc.
I want there to be a time each day when there is quiet in the house. The boys take a break from each other and do their own thing.
And I want to get back to our must do responsibilities. We have let them slide lately, or rather they kind of do them automatically to some degree. But this summer we can tackle helping a little more around the house.
So the boys are NOT signed up for too much that will take them out of the house for structured activities. I am realizing how quickly these summers where they follow me like my little ducklings are going to end. I am realizing that it will be all too soon when Charley will much rather hide out in his room, spend his weeks at sports or summer camps, or will bike off to meet friends.
So my summer mantra is going to be, "I'm going to miss this." And I am going to relish in the slow days that might get a little dicey some days...but ultimately, they will be the days I will look back and remember as my favorite in my mothering career.
Many of you waited for my list to pop up here. I would LOVE to hear any ideas that you have that I should add to my list. I would like to get our list up to 100. So I need 25 more!