Summer Bucket Lists are a common occurrence in the mommy blog world and I love what they stand for but dislike the notion of trying to cram 157 “moments” into one summer. I think at the end of the day, our kids have an amazing summer whether we cross off all those items or not. But I love the idea of getting their input and finding out what is actually important to them. It’s rarely the things I would expect.
I’m linking up with Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop again this week as one of her prompts was “What you’re most looking forward to (or dreading) this Summer.” I asked everyone in the family what three (3) things they most want to do this summer. Here’s what they said:
BB, Age 4
1. She wants to play outside. When I asked for something more specific she said she wants to ride her bike.
2. She wants to watch Strawberry Shortcake. I kind veto’d this one because she watches Strawberry Shortcake every day so she said she also wants to read lots of books. How can I say no to that?
3. Lastly, she wants to go to the beach.
Her list seems completely doable to me. I want to try and focus on helping her learn to read more sight words, keep our outside as much as possible and yes definitely go to the beach!
MM, Age 8
1. The first thing he told me was that he wants to go to his best friend’s house 100 times. I have no idea if this is feasible but I will try to schedule a lot of play dates this summer.
2. He also wants to go to the zoo. I think there is very little chance of this not happening.
3. Lastly, he wants to go to summer camp. Both kids are going to one week of summer camp via the school district. He’ll be going to solar system camp this year and should have a blast.
1. After rolling his eyes at me and trying to explain that he doesn’t care what we do this summer and that I’m silly, he finally conceded that he would like to go for a hike at one of our favorite state parks. I might never have known that if I hadn’t asked – so there!
2. Other than that, he says that he wants to go on a road trip and
3. See his family and both of those things are already planned so basically he’s very easy to please.
And lastly, me, Jen
1. I want to make a vacation journal for our summer vacation. Ideally I want all four of us to keep a journal of the trip, have the kids draw lots of pictures and Dan and I take lots of pictures which I will then turn into a photo book.
2. It’s not a big goal but I will be devastated if we don’t go to my favorite bakery back home and eat delicious baked goods and drink an amazing cappuccino. Whenever we’re back home, for me half the goal is to eat all the amazing food that we can’t get in the midwest. It’s the little things.
3. In general, this summer I want to keep active, whether that means going for daily walks, taking up a new fitness activity like perhaps pilates or swimming with the kids. I want to be up and moving as much as possible.
12 responses to “Simple Summer Goals: 3 Things We Really Want To Do”
I asked DudeDad what he wanted to do this summer and he said not die in the humidity. He’s so ambitious. Hope everyone gets to do some of the things they want at your house!
hahaha – sounds like our husbands would get along well!
This is such a cool idea because you can come back and see if everything got checked off the list. I love it! And that photo at the top is gorgeous!
100 visits to his friends house…now he has me wondering how feasible that is in one summer too! Feasible or not, I think it is a great goal.
Great list! I like the journal idea for everyone to do.
This summer holidays I am to have lots of fun..the kids and
I will start with a trip overseas then we be having lots of playdates and outdoor activities for everyone.
I love the responses…especially visit a friend’s house 100 times, go to the beach, and stay active.
~stopping by from Mama Kat’s
I’m with BB – I like lots of books and going to the beach! I’m doing the road trip thing, too. Can’t wait.
Sometimes simple is best!! 3 things that everyone in your family wants to do is so much more realistic than those big lists!
I love that idea! I might just have to ask my kids three things. Really, really love this idea!
I hope you blog their responses, I’d love to hear them!
It’s nice you have a list like this. I did a similar one when our summer hols started, we kept to most of them, but the one about my fitness didn’t take off beyond the first two weeks 😦