Seems like everyone has a bucket list, but I am a mom, I have a summer sand-bucket list.
I love summer. It is my favorite season. I love to be steamed by the sunshine, sweating like crazy just by being outside, I love being tan, I love the long days and warm nights. My birthday falls right after Independence Day so I love that about summer too! This year I didn't want summer to get bogged down in "to-dos" (since I am homeschooling two of my three starting tomorrow) so I created a "Summer Sand-Bucket List". Then, I realized that same day while perusing our local book store that someone has already come up with the idea of a bucket list for summer and has even written a book to guide you called, none other than, "The Sand Bucket List" by David Hoffman. I am not stealing his ideas. I was so saddened that I didn't come up with the idea that I didn't even pick up the book. (I have searched it on amazon and it looks like a lot of fun!) So, I have my own list, would you like to see what is on it?
*Give away three chocolate mint plants to friends.
*Play with neighbor kids.
*Watch the bats at the building next door.
*Water balloon fight!
*Go camping with kids.
*Paint birdhouses and hang on front porch.
*Make frame for displaying kids' art!
*Go swimming at Aquatic Centers in area.
*Spend a whole afternoon in the library.
*Go to the local "bounce house" with friends.
*Invite the neighbors to play in the sprinkler!
*Go on a "staycation" where we scope out local museums, walking trails, ice creams shops, swimming areas, and rock-throwing platforms (like docks or banks of rivers or lakes.)
*Throw rocks into the lake.
*Find a flash mob dance in the area and be a part of it!
They aren't big things, most don't cost money. 75% of them were my kids' ideas. They have their own version of what summer fun looks like and (proudly) it includes inviting the neighbors to come and play! I love that. Summer is a fun and wacky time, and I am going to use this time to get to know my girls and the neighbor kids just a little bit better! Do you have any great ideas to add to a sand-bucket list? If you need some help, go check out Hoffman's book and let me know what you think!