Saturday, June 1, 2013

our summer bucket list

Warning to all my quilty/crafty followers:  this is a "mom" post!

I have a 6 year old son. (It seems like he was a baby just the other day so I'm not sure how he has grown up so quickly!) As a working mom, I often feel that I am a crappy mom. I'm at work and my son is at daycare doing all these amazing things I'm missing out on. I did feel a little less guilty when he started kindergarten--I mean, he had to go to school, right? His last day of school was last Wednesday and on Thursday I packed him up and dropped him off at daycare on my way to work. It's summer vacation and not much has changed. (I initially felt bad he would spend much of his summer vacation at daycare but he's pretty excited since they have 2 to 3 field trips a week. I have to work just to pay for the field trips!) So after doing some thinking this week, I realized even though I work full time we still have a lot of time together. . .we just don't make the most of it. Too much "screen time" and not enough quality time. I figured we had plenty of time everyday to do at least one small thing together. After seeing The Ultimate Summer Bucket List at Ucreate I decided we needed our own bucket list. Most of our list is the same (they have some great ideas!) but I did change a few. My goal is to do at least one new, fun thing a day and document it with a photo. Maybe at the end of the summer I'll even be a super mom and make a cool Shutterfly photo book.  Maybe.

Summer 2013 Bucket List:

1. picnic at the park

2. play in a kiddie pool

3. make smores

4. homemade pizza party

5. visit a new park and play on the toys

6. join the library's summer reading program

7. make a lemonade stand

8. go to a summer matinee

9. tie dye t-shirts

10. write your own story

11. scavenger hunt walk

12. lunch with dad at work

13. attend story time at the library

14. make ice cream

15. visit an IMAX theater

16. fondue night

17. run a 1 mile fun run

18. have a water balloon fight

19. make journals

20. go to a parade

21. make homemade jam

22. hunt for shapes in the clouds

23. go to a water splash pad

24. play Legos

25. go fishing

26. build an indoor fort using blankets

27. go bowling

28. backyard water games

29. go to a baseball game

30. go to the zoo

31. sew something

32. family bike ride

33. go to the batting cages

34. go swimming

35. sidewalk paint

36. go bird watching

37. make homemade popsicles

38. play catch

39. learn how to play a new board game

40. go see a fireworks show

41. mail a letter to someone special

42. attend a kids workshop at Home Depot or Lowe’s

43. have a play date with a school friend

44. make 4th of July shirts

45. learn to jump rope

46. play dress up

47. try a new restaurant

48. bake cookies

49. fly a kite

50. go on a road trip

51. do a fun science project

52. go camping

53. make a bird feeder

54. play hopscotch

55. make paper airplanes and race

56. make sail boats and race

57. set up or make a slip n slide

58. play mini golf

59. skip rocks in a river

60. make smoothies

61. go to a children’s museum

62. start a rock collection

63. plant flowers

64. have a family talent show

65. run in the sprinklers

66. make friendship bracelets

67. create sidewalk art using chalk

68. go to a garage sale

69. make homemade bubbles

70. go to an amusement park

71. make princess crowns or hero capes

72. make homemade play dough

73. do a jigsaw puzzle

74. have a pillow fight

75. play mini golf

76. camping in the backyard

77. play in the sand at the park or beach

78. make or go get snow cones

79. go the a local fair

80. go to a thrift store (okay, this one is for me!)

81. make a video

82. catch butterflies with nets

83. make homemade instruments

84. go horseback riding

85. decorate cupcakes or cookies

86. go to an outdoor concert

87. have a treasure hunt

88. play Frisbee

89. make sun catchers

90. visit a nature center

91. go to the beach

92. collect sea shells

93. go a local farmer’s market

94. have a puppet show

95. make root beer floats

96. have an ice cream party with lots of toppings

97. make recycled crayons

98. go to the skate park or a skating rink

99. family movie night


100. make treats for neighbors

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