So now since it is summer, I figured I'd better get a post out on our "Summer Bucket List". It is actually kind of gratifying to get it out so late because that means I get to cross a few things off that have already been completed! And that just feels cool! I want to just say a word about the idea of a bucket list. A very inspirational co-worker turned me on to the idea of making a life bucket list for myself. She is pretty young — a mere 30 — and she made hers years ago. She has gone bungee jumping, she has jumped out of an airplane, she has traveled around the world, she gone on kayaking & rock-climbing adventures, she is in a dance tribe, she has been a "Rodeo Queen", and she has run a marathon. She is continuing to add to and check off things on her list as she goes through her life. These are all ideas that were born out of her head and that she wrote down and pursued them with dedication and passion. Her life already sounds so incredibly rich with experiences and I am inspired by her. What wonderful memories she has created for herself.
As a result of hearing my friend's stories, I, for months, have been compiling my own personal bucket list. It was about a month ago however, I discovered that some of my fellow bloggers had put together Summer Bucket Lists of their own for their family, and I thought HOW PERFECT! Of course I would have to compile my own specifically geared toward my little family for the summer.
When creating the list I was particularly inspired by a guest post that Danielle from 52 Brand New wrote for Imagination Soup...... where she emphasized how important it is to expose your children to lots and lots of varied experiences in life. It fosters their growth, and evolution as individuals. Here is her wonderful article here.
Here goes the Summer Bucket List for my son and me:
Help my son plant his very own garden Plant a butterfly garden
- Raise butterflies from caterpillars
- Go swimming in a natural setting
- Sleep in a tent in the backyard
Help my son set up a lemonade stand
- Make mango ice cream
- Make Fourth of July popsicles (the Magic Onions)
- Go on a picnic
- Visit the beach
- See Fireworks
Take my son fishing for the 1st time
- Bike on the bike path many times!
- Start a Plant I.D. book
- Pick a bouquet of flowers and give it to someone
- Gather river rocks and make pet rocks
- Go for an extended camping trip
- Start potato plants from cutting the eyes off and planting them
- Root a avocado pit and plant
- Make a cherry pie from harvest of cherry tree
- Go stargazing
- Read the Flat Stanley Series with my son
- Make a tee shirt using freezer paper templates
- Make a shell mobile
- Paint seashells
- Make a sundial
- See a movie in the park
- Go to the County Fair
- See an outdoor concert
- Go strawberry picking
- Make strawberry jam
- Go blueberry picking
- Make blueberry pancakes
- Grill up shish kebabs
- Make caprese with fresh tomatoes from the garden
- Dance at the local Farmer's market's dance stage
- Make a picture using vegetable stamps
- Go to a baseball game
- Make a stepping stone
- Make solar prints
- Make a sand casting
- Go to an outdoor summer concert
- Build an Ice Sculpture
- Submit son's artwork to Mayor's Art show
- Make an ocean in a bottle
- Let my son take a bath with glow sticks!
I will be happy if we are able to cross off 75% of this list. I am sure as the days go on, I will think up more ideas, and add to it. I'm going put this on its own page on my blog for my own reference. I hope you were able to find inspiration also.
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