Summer Bucket List 2017
Last Summer we lived in Crazytown: Population 6. It was a complete whirlwind. It was my first Summer having all four kids with me 24/7 - the infant, the crazy meltdown 2 year old, the sensitive 4 year old and the headstrong 6 year old. It was more challenging than I ever could have anticipated; it was D FOR DIFFICULT. There are many reasons why things were particularly hard during the summer of 2016, but I think one of things that made it even more chaotic was the fact that we had no set agenda. Summer is great because there is no need to be at a certain place at a certain time. Yet without any plans, but I felt like a planet out of orbit, just spiraling out of control while everyone else seemed to have everything in order. This Summer it’s going to be different: Enter “Summer bucket list 2017”
The goal isn’t to fill my entire Summer with things to do or create a schedule that I need to abide by - part of the beauty of Summer is not having to get out of the house at 8am or have the kids down for a nap at 12 o’clock on the dot. The goal is to have fun and create memories that both my kids and I can remember when September rolls around (which I’m sure will be sooner than I anticipate). The goal is to not just survive, but thrive.
How to create a summer bucket list
Brainstorm - Think of as many things as possible that you’ve wanted to do with your kids, but haven’t. Rainy day activities, beach activities, crafty activities, day trips, city activities…
Ask your kids! - This is their school vacation so they should suggest doing a couple of things that they enjoy. I didn’t even want to do this for fear that they would only put Chuck E Cheese on the list, but the beauty of asking their opinion is that once you’ve done what they want to do, you can cross it off the list. Done. You don’t have to do it again. If they suggest going to Chuck E Cheese a second, third or fourth time, all you have to say is, “We already did that! Time to pick something else”.
Make a list - This was part of my problem last year: I wasn’t prepared. There were many days when I actually had the energy and/or funds to do something out of the ordinary, but when it came down to deciding what I actually wanted to do, my mind would go blank (thanks, mombrain for failing me once again). If I had compiled a list, all I would have had to do was check it and pick something and off we’d go! Instead, we ended up doing the same things every week for the entire summer.
Put the list somewhere visible - Ours is in our living room. I like being able to see it every day and easily add to it as new ideas come to mind.
Pick a day - My personal challenge is going to be to pick one day every week and have that be “Bucket List Day”. Make it the same day every week, so that when Sunday night rolls around, you know what to expect for the coming week.
Invite friends - because the kids love having a playdate, and the mom’s love when the kids occupy each other so that we’re able to have an adult conversation (if we’re lucky).
So what’s on our list?? Here are just a few things to help you get started…
Beach (because, duh)
Go to a baseball game
Picnic in the park
Family bike/scooter ride
Camping (probably a boy’s trip)
Movie in the park
Feed the ducks
Now these are all pretty generic, and that’s fine! Just be sure to include things that are specific to where you live. For us, it’s going to be Coney Island, Governor’s Island and Brooklyn Bowl to name a few.
No GO. Do. Have fun! And when you’ve made your list, post it to Instagram with the hashtag #oursummerbucketlist2017 so we can be inspired by each other’s amazing ideas. I’m also going to want to see you tagging your adventures with that hashtag too. Let’s do this!