Tuesday, June 11, 2013

My Summer Bucket List

My daughter told me a few days ago that one of her friends had made a summer bucket list and that she was going to do the same.

I think I laughed and thought, "Kids."

But then yesterday she showed me her list.

I LOVE it.

It is just a fun mixture of simple fun ideas and a few outrageous.

It is carefree.

It is so her.

And it got me to thinking...

Why don't I have my own summer bucket list?

The funny thing is that I have been contemplating this for about 24 hours now and it is not easy.

I have to work really hard to separate "bucket list" and my "to do" list.

The "to do" list is easier for me to think of!

When did I become so boring, so practical?

I think it was the day I became a mom.

But I am determined to come up with a list.

I am trying to think of fun out of the ordinary things for me but also somewhat practical/attainable.

I mean, a week long getaway to an exotic location with just the hubs is a dream of mine but that doesn't mean it is going to happen this year or next or even the next.  I mean, who wants our four kids for a week? And we just started paying for braces.

 Or spending a day eating just chocolate...that would be a dream come true. But I can't do that to my body; I have worked too hard to get where I am at now.

Or a week at the beach with my parents and my sister/her family...it is a HUGE dream of mine.  Not happening this year. And probably not next either.

But I have come up with a few things, though this list is a work in progress.  There are a few I won't share, just for modesty's sake...

My summer bucket list:
  • to say "yes" more than I say "no" to my kids. You have NO idea how hard this is for me!
  • to nap anytime I want (every day if I want to) without feeling guilty about it
  • to go on a float trip (this one may be happening soon!)
  • to eat lobster and shrimp ravioli and Joe's incredible rolls without an ounce of guilt or regret
  • to dance in the rain with my daughter
  • to spend just one day ALL day on my computer whether it is playing games, cleaning out my cache, or organizing my bookmarks
  • to read at least one (if not more) book just for fun...not for parenting or teaching!
  • to wear eye shadow (a little odd but I just don't do that typically)
  • to get a new camera
  • to go to the farmer's market at least once (if not more)
  • to slow dance with my husband (love to but it is rare)
  • to make homemade ice cream (no, don't have a maker...)
  • to do a random act of kindness
  • to find a shark tooth on the beach (but not IN the shark's mouth)
  • to watch a meteor shower with my husband...even better, outside of the city limits/lights!
  • to see a waterfall that takes my breath away
  • to watch the sun rise at least once (I am usually snoozing)
  • to visit some local "swimming holes" with the kids
  • to not set my alarm clock as much as possible
  • to make smores with the kids 
  • to visit with friends...you know, the ones we always say we need to get together with but don't!
  • to ride a bike trail
  • to learn how to grill
  • visit a state park
  • to pay off something I have wanted paid off for a long time
  • to buy a pair of fun summer time pajamas
  • to eat a Chicago pizza
  • to feel God's presence in a MIGHTY way, something that can only be experienced, not explained
  • to go to the zoo
Well, it's a start.

I am sure more will come to me with time.

I know I won't do all of them but it has been fun to think about.

So...what is on your bucket list for the summer?



  1. love your text... it's fun and playful..

    the list looks awesome! Hopefully I can help you with a few of them.

    Love ya!

  2. Wait... I did not see come to NJ and hang out with your blog buddy. :)
    Wow, sounds like a great list. I am going to write one as well. Stay tuned.
    I think of you often.


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