Last summer went by way too fast. Like it was the quickest summer ever. Part of that was probably because I had started a new job in April of last year and had transitioned from working 4 days a week to 5.
This new job was in a more laid back atmosphere and closer to home, the only drawback being I was working more. And I guess this one extra day a week at work played a part in feeling that I had less time with my family. Which, I did.
So this is all the more reason to set out for this upcoming summer with a game plan in mind. I know I have to be intentional with my time off work to make the most of one of the most fun seasons of the year. I only get 18 summers with my children and I want to make these summers the best ever. With the exception of our family vacation to Orange Beach last year, we didn’t go swimming nearly as much as I would have liked. We also never made it to an amusement park for my ride lovin’ daughter. Some of the things on this list we did get to last year but they bear repeating.
So, without further ado… here is the Bennett family’s summer bucket list of 2019:
1.) GO TO HOLIDAY WORLD!!!!! (This is a family friendly amusement park located near us that has the most ride options for small children.)
2.) Go swimming. A lot!!! (We have a community center with pool and golf course next to our neighborhood. No excuses.)
3.) Have an outdoor movie night in the back yard.
4.) Go get ice cream!
5.) Watch fireworks. (Okay, does from the car count? You fellow moms of young kids get me.)
6.) Make it to a splash park.
7.) Make homemade ice cream. (I sense a developing theme here.)
8.) Have a picnic for lunch and do some cloud watching. (One of my most vivid memories as a child was lying on the ground outside our home searching for shapes or animals in the clouds.)
9.) Go to the park at the riverfront.
10.) Make homemade bubbles!!!
11.) Make s’mores.
12.) Go fishing.
13.) Take the kids for a pontoon ride. (We are lucky that we live 15 min. away from a state park. We do not take advantage of this nearly as much as we should.)
14.) Catch lightening bugs. (Also know as fireflies.)
15.) Get out the sprinklers and slip ‘n’ slide!
16.) Play with water balloons.
We bought these: https://www.amazon.com/Bunch-Balloons-Shot-01213-Rapid/dp/B00ZPW3U14
17.) Roast hot dogs.
18.) Go to the library.
19.) Try a new restaurant
20.) Go to the zoo!
I think that about covers it! Did I leave anything out? Have any good homemade ice cream recipes for me? Leave me a comment and let me know! Happy summer!