I've long wanted to create a 'bucket list' of sorts, but I have to admit that doing so seems eerily final; there's that superstitious streak in me that wonders if, as I draw a line through that last entry, I'll feel exhilarated at the accomplishments or sad at the finality of no longer having a 'list'.
But creating a summer list seems more optimistic than final to me. I'm guilty of being kind of a crappy mom when it comes to planning great things to do during summer break. It's not for lack of intention; I think about and plan fun things to do, but when the time comes I'm usually caught up with work or deadlines or an empty bank account.
Since this is that last summer before things change, I want to make it different. Memorable. Creatively unique but still 'us'. My friend Kristen did an amazing summer list on her blog Dine & Dish, and I have to admit that I've borrowed quite a few of her activities because they just look like so much fun!
So I'm posting my impossibly long list here, hoping that if I put it in writing, for others to see, that I'll actually follow through with at least a few of them.
Complete the Color Run
Take the kids out of town once (St. Louis maybe?)
Learn how to can
Learn how to sew
Make aprons for Erin and I
Go to a wine tasting
Cook my way through this book
Makes lots of homemade ice cream
Go to the Drive In
Read at least 6 books
Make Sharpie tshirts
Go stargazing with the kids
Pool party at local hotel
Outdoor movie night
Create a Fairy Garden
Grill pizza & dessert
Dance under the stars
Happy Days & Laverne & Shirley marathons with the kids
Teach Adam how to drive
Yoga with Erin
Complete ribbon wreath for front door (actually done!)
Watch 4th of July Fireworks
Take kids to ceramic place to make new mugs
Clean out basement
Transform downstairs bathroom into ‘art gallery’
Eat dinner often on the deck
Make a summer fun cookbook
There's more, of course, but that's quite a start (I think). Here's to a memorable and fun summer