Summer – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year {Summer Bucket List}

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Summer Bucket List

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… SUMMER!! Summer is my favorite season and my favorite time of year. We have a short summer season here in Michigan, so we need to make the most of Every. Single. Day. If you blink, summer may be over. Today at Mrs. Disciple for #FridayFive we are linking up some of our favorite Summer Memories.

 

For the last few years, we have done a Summer Bucket List. It has been a ton of fun making our lists and looking at it every day; planning on when we will do things, or get this… even spontaneously doing one of them at the last minute. Here is what our board looked like last Summer:

 

Summer Bucket List

Some of our favorites from last summer’s SBL were:

 

CAMPING
The last few years we have had an annual camping trip with friends. It has become one of our favorite weekends of the summer. We spend our days at the lake and the land before the water, and our evenings are filled with fun times around the campfire. All 6 of us are packed like sardines in our 6 person tent. We are on the hunt for a bigger tent, but who knows if it will be this summer or not. In addition to our camping weekend with friends, we usually will set the tent up in our backyard for another fun time.

Summer Bucket ListICE CREAM
I am not ashamed to admit that ice cream is incorporated into a few different bucket list items. I asked the kids what their favorite things we did from last year were, and Alyssa said hers was riding our bikes to get ice cream. We had never ridden our bikes to the ice cream place before, and it was going to be the kids longest ride. We prepped the kids with a few other longer rides before we actually made the ride there. It was worth the work and the kids were proud that they accomplished the ride. Other bucket items that include ice cream are ice cream for dinner, where we go all out with huge sundaes and our progressive dinner last summer ended at Menchies, which the kids loved.

 

FLYING KITES
Flying kites is another simple yet fun-filled memory from last summer. While we were at our beach rental, my dad took the kids out to fly a kite after dinner one night. It took them a couple of tries, but they were able to get it up.

Summer Bucket List

And we all know my favorite memory is going to be the beach since it is where I long to be.

 

ROLLING DOWN A HILL
Cole’s favorite bucket item was rolling down a hill. Seriously, how much simpler can it get? We went to a local park that has a huge hill (where we go sledding) and laid down and rolled down it. Easy right? For my kids yes. For Jeff and me, however, we usually need to sit for five minutes before we can stand up.

 

VISIT A NEW MUSEUM
Since we travel a lot in the summer months visiting family in New Jersey and Texas, we usually try to visit a new museum, zoo, or aquarium. Last summer we went to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The best part of it is, is that our local museum that we are members of has a reciprocal program that makes it free for us to visit several other places. You can’t beat free.

Summer Bucket List

 

BONUS ONE
So this wasn’t an actual Summer Bucket List item, but it is by far one of the most memorable moments from last summer for the girls and I. We went to a book signing for My Prairie Cookbook by Melissa Gilbert. My girls wore their prairie outfits and Mrs. Gilbert adored them. She told me I had my very own Mary and Laura. Mrs. Gilbert asked for permission to take my girl’s picture and to post on social media. I obliged. This was her Instagram.

Summer Bucket List

 

So there you have it.  There are some of the fun memories from last summer, and we are looking forward to many new ones this summer.  I have created a pdf of all our Summer Bucket List Ideas, and I would love to send that to you.  I will send it to anyone signed up for my weekly newsletter on June 1, 2016, so if you haven’t yet signed up – go do so now!

Summer Bucket List

 

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8 Responses

  1. Ami
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    A summer bucket list: fascinating. There are some things on your list that I will definitely be trying with the family this summer. Thanks Heather!

    • Heather
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      Thanks Ami! Enjoy your summer!!

  2. Wendy Munsell
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    Your girls must have been over-the-moon excited by Ms. Gilbert’s taking their photo! What a fun memory for them! I love that your kids were included in thinking up bucket list ideas and that you then helped make them happen as you did when you took them to the park with the big hill. What an awesome, simple, inexpensive, yet thoroughly memorable experience! Wendy from http://www.blessedunravelling.com

  3. Ruth Campos
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    I love your photo memories! Looking back at the old photos helps one relive the moments all over again and feel those same feelings of peace and happiness and excitement! 🙂

    • Heather
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      I completely agree. I enjoy looking at photos from when I was a kid and reliving those memories.

  4. Kelly S
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    Girl, that SBL board! I love it and I am hiding it from my kids. They would have so many ideas! But I pinned the heck out of this post. Excellent ideas (all hidden away on my “Summer Fun” Pinterest board!)!

    • Heather
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      I hear you. It is hard but this board helps me to say “Yes” easier. It keeps me accountable. : )

  5. Christine Carter
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    Heather, I just LOVE this idea!! I’m going to steal it from you! 🙂

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