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Kids’ Summer Bucket Lists

If you’ve been around the site for awhile, you may know we’re big fans of bucket lists!  We’ve done them in the spring, fall and winter, but until now, we haven’t covered summertime!  And what a shame, as we have lots of time on our hands for FUN!

Kids summer bucket list

Well, admittedly, summer is just about over, but I still thought I’d share with your what the kids had on their lists while there’s still a little time left to inspire you 🙂  I marked in red the ones they’ve completed thus far.

One of the things I really like about Bucket Lists is that they help us look intentionally for opportunities for fun and fellowship. I mean, you know what happens if you tell someone “Call me sometime and we’ll get together”, or “Let’s go for coffee when you’re not busy”, right? Nothing!

So let me encourage you to “carpe diem” while you still have some free time and the weather is great…and make your own mini-list!  Don’t let another summer slip by without a special memory to tuck away in your heart…

Hope’s Bucket List

Hope is our 11-year old, who is sweet-spirited, creative and lots of fun!  She came up with LOTS of ideas; I’m only including some of them here:

  • outdoor movie (she went to a birthday party sleep over at a friend’s house and it was a pool-side movie – FUN idea!!)
  • Bocce ball game
  • build a blanket fort
  • go to the beach
  • family geocaching
  • bake/decorate a cake
  • water balloon fight
  • hula hoop contest
  • go bowling
  • stargaze
  • run through a sprinkler
  • be in  a play
  • put glowsticks in a pool and swim
  • slumber party
  • play laser tag
  • picnic
  • complete our local library’s summer reading program
  • make snowcones
  • swim in 5 different pools
  • make s’mores
  • do tie-dye shirts
  • mom/daughter makeover
  • burn a dandelion (we found this on Pinterest, but ours didn’t turn out as magical 🙁 )
  • spa day


Matt’s Bucket List

Matt is my seriously-creative 14-yr old, who loves to read, act and play seriously-competitive board games, and volunteers at church with the younger kids’ Sunday School class.

  • work on script for upcoming YouTube show with friends
  • visit out-of-town sibs


Josh’s Bucket List

Josh has started working this summer, and didn’t feel like he had much time on his hands to create a list.  Sad… But he did manage to eke out some ideas for himself 😉

  • hang out day with friends
  • pool party with buddies from his Wednesday night youth group
  • watch Pitch Perfect 2 (we’re seriously into a capella around our house!)
  • finish a book he’d started in the spring 😉

My List

Yes, I had one, too!  Not seriously as creative, but I used it as an opportunity to (hopefully) wrap up some projects around the house…

  • paint my office (well, I got it organized and decided on the color)
  • clean out the pool house (again, I started that one!)
  • host 2 pool parties (our pool has been unusable for almost 3 years and this spring we whipped it into shape!  Gotta share that joy!)
  • visit my folks who live out of town (had to schedule that for fall..)
  • start “date nights” again with my hubby ( it is GONNA happen!!!)

So, as our family starts to emotionally wrap up summer, we can look back on it and feel like something happened.  It’s not in our budget to do a big family vacay, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun and enjoy special moments together.

Hubby and I recently attended a regional homeschool conference, and so my thoughts once again (or “still” may be the more-appropriate word) turn to planning our school year.

It’s all good!  Seasons change and flow into each other seamlessly, and while I have to admit summer is most definitely my favorite – I think I was a fish in another life 😉 – I always look forward to the next season’s blessings and benefits, and I’m forever grateful for time – any time – I have with family and friends…

How was your summer?  Did you do a bucket list?  Think you may try one next year? Stay tuned as we get started on our fall list!

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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2 Responses to Kids’ Summer Bucket Lists

  1. Alison July 28, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    Great idea to have a summer bucket list!

    • Pat July 28, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

      Thanks, Alison! Think you’re gonna put one together??

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