It’s hard to believe that in just one month, school will be out of session for us. All winter long I’ve been counting down the days until I get to spend more time with the kids in weather that makes it possible to actually do things outside!
But every year, summer seems to creep up on me far too fast and I never seem to have a good plan in place for all the things we want to do. Except for this year! I took some time this week to make a “Summer Bucket List” with my family.
One night at the dinner table, I pulled out a blank piece of paper and I told everyone they had “3 wishes.” They could each pick three things that they’d like to do over the summer. Since we aren’t taking a “big vacation” this year, I didn’t put any limits on their ideas. My kids are still fairly young and still fulfilled by the “little things” in life.
Once everyone had picked their three things, we started brainstorming ideas of activities that we could do for free, on rainy days or just special little outings. The more we talked, the more excited the kids were getting. At one point, they got up from the dinner table and chanted, “I can’t wait for summer!” I have to say, it was one of the best mealtimes I’ve had in awhile.
Next came the work for me. I wanted to create a master list that was fun, but organized, so I created a document in Microsoft Word. In the middle, I added a clip-art of a giant bucket. Inside, I made what looked like pieces of paper with the 3 wishes of each family member. Those are the things that we are definitely going to get done by the end of the summer! On each side of the bucket, I added our ideas for rainy days and free things to do. I also added a small box filled with special outing ideas in case we had extra money to do those things. You can see what it ended up looking like in the pic above.
I made a copy to hang on our fridge and we’ll take turns crossing the things off when they are completed. It will be a fun to watch our summer wishes being fulfilled!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the few years that I’ve been a parent it’s that time flies by far too fast. You only get so many years to make memories with your kids when they are at home so you have to make the most of each moment.
I’m hoping if you haven’t already that you’ll take time to make some summer plans with your family!
Note: For those of you wanting to make your own bucket, I’ve attached a PDF of the one I made. You’ll see it listed below. I kept it fairly generic so it could possibly apply to everyone and I left the tags empty in the bucket so you could write in your family’s wishes. (The “rainy day bucket” listing refers to a container we keep with some crafts/toys/books that I pick up on a deal so the kids can choose one new item on the really dreary rainy/stormy days. You could even add a special non-perishable snack in yours.)
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