We’re so excited to have SO many families participating in the 2013 Summer Bucket List Challenge! If you’re participating and you’ve blogged about your #happyfamilysummer bucket list, please link up the post below! We can’t wait to see what you all are up to this summer!!
We would be thrilled if you would link to the challenge so we can inspire as many families as possible to join us in making this the best summer ever!
Guess what I have been doing this week?? Planning our 2013 Summer Bucket List!
Last year I took on this Challenge from the HAPPY FAMILY MOVEMENT crew, which was to create a “Summer Bucket List” of items you want to do during the fun summer months with your family.
And it was a blast! We took some amazing adventures and had some wonderful fun times together and I truly love this idea. After all, planning and preparing = success and fun right?!?
Before I jump right to the Bucket List’s I thought it would be fun to give a quick introduction, on my favorite four people in the whole world. First: Cory (my hubbie). We have been married for almost 14 years and every year is an adventure! Next up is Asher who is 10. His name means happy and he is truly is a joy to be around! Then we have Bensen or “B”. Seriously the funniest, cutest, curly haired guy you’d ever see! And then we have Miss Lily. She is my best friend and doesn’t mind doing a little yoga with me.
And as for me, I am a happy mom and wife who is love with life. I have a company called Tree Fitness where I Coach, Consult and Personal Train people and families in-home and online, to accomplish their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals.
This year our Summer Bucket List looks like this!
I am so excited for this list, especially number 1 and 7. What does, “3-Point to map destinations” means? Well, I will put a map of Utah up on the wall, and allow each kid to have the opportunity of pointing to somewhere on the map, and wherever they point, we will drive to that destination and explore where they pointed. The other one I am super excited about is the 2013 Summer Video that we will create as we check off each item on the list.
Max is eight and lately he’s been grumpy. Like all the time. He’s at an age where all he wants to do is play video games. We’re not really big on video games, so that causes a lot of issues. He asks to play, we say no, he gets angry and storms off. It’s a difficult stage, to say the least.
We’re really big on family time and spending time outside and adventuring. Lately, Max has been refusing to anything with us… like taking a bike ride, going on a walk, even going to the park. He just says he doesn’t want to go.
Last Monday, Josh mentioned taking a walk as a family. Max said he wanted to stay home, so Josh took the girls and I stayed with Max. I tried convincing him to go on a bike ride or a walk with me and he kept saying no. I ended up throwing a bit of a mommy fit (surely I’m not the only one to do this!).
In the end, he decided to go on a bike ride with me and we had an incredible adventure! We biked the long trail by our house and found a creek. We took off our shoes and played in the creek and then we biked home. It was almost six miles roundtrip, so we had lots of time to chat about life during that time.
I posted about this on Facebook and my friend Dana called it ‘reluctance to transition’. And it’s really the perfect label for Max’s behavior lately… He was reluctant to transition from what he was doing to going on a bike ride with me. But the second he got on his bike, his entire mood changed and we had a great time.
I’ve been feeling hurt lately that Max has been so uninvolved in our family fun… feeling like he doesn’t want to be a part of our adventures. Thanks to our bike ride and Dana’s perspective, I realize that I was completely wrong. Max really does love hanging out with his family… he just needs some help making that transition.
I’ve tried giving him warnings like “at 5 pm, we’re going on a walk”, but he hasn’t responded well to that. For now, I’m just telling him he has to participate. As soon as we get him out the door, he’s great. I’d love to hear how you help your kids make that transition when they’re so resistant!
P.S. I didn’t bring a camera so these phones were taken on my iPhone. Please pardon the poor quality!
Hi, I’m Nicole, aka ThinkerMommy. My husband, Nick, and I have been together for 9 years, married for 4. (And no, I will never stop counting the unmarried years, haha. Our anniversary this June will be the big 5/10!) We have a 3-year-old daughter nicknamed O and an 8 month old son nicknamed Number 2 (but we’re really trying to get something better to stick).
Since you don’t know me yet: I love being creative, Pinterest sucks away hours of my life, I’ve been hoarding Family Fun, Crochet Today and other crafty magazines for as long as I can remember, and I’ve got about 5 million bookmarks on my laptop. But, I’m also the type of person that needs sticky notes in every room just to remember to take my vitamins. Too often I read an article and say, “We should totally do that!” and then completely forget about it. Or, after the kids are asleep, I think to myself, “Oh man, we should have done X fun thing today!” but, of course, it’s too late. So, we decided to join The Summer Bucket List Challenge to help ensure we’re not missing out on those special little things that create memories and make childhood magical. Plus, there are honestly no cons; it’s all-inclusive, pure fun. But I still have a few other reasons why I like the Bucket List Challenge anyway:
Literally writing out and displaying our Bucket List in the living room, where we’ll walk past the list multiple times a day, makes it impossible not think about which activity you could make time for (and for visually oriented people like me it’s even better).
Since the Summer Bucket List Challenge is public, that makes everyone online my new accountability partners.
I’m addicted to photo books and The Bucket List will make a great one!
Did I mention I’m also an obsessive list maker?
Last year I joined excitedly, but ended up not participating much because Number 2 arrived and the season turned out to be an overwhelming blur of preparing, caring and adjusting – more so than I ever imagined it would be. But, now that we’ve had time to get used to our new family dynamic and Number 2 is a little older and less demanding, we are SO READY!
This year’s Challenge begins on May 20 and lasts until Labor Day, Sept 2. That gives us exactly 3 months and 13 days to create some serious summer memories. Now 13 has always held a special place in our family – it’s the day Nick and I decided to get married and we always try to do something small and special whenever a 13th falls on a Friday. So… I’m pretty sure this is some sort of cosmic sign that we’re destined to have The Best Summer Ever thanks to our Bucket List!
What to do with 15 weeks, 105 days or 2,520 hours of potential fun? In order to make sure our list wasn’t overwhelming, my husband and I voted on 2 activities per week (or 30 total), with the option to add more (which we quickly did). We also decided we should add in some Adult Only dates too because we’re terrible at making them happen and because happy parents = a happy family. This year we’re going to document the things we cross off our List with lots of pictures. You can also follow me at my blog, ThinkerMommy.com. So, (drumroll, please) here is our 2013 Summer Bucket List:
Go on a scavenger hunt
Get ice cream from an ice cream truck (must be playing music)
Last summer was plenty of fun. Our little fella, the Kid, was one and he was toddling around well enough to play in the fountain at our city park and enjoy a good ice cream cone. We discovered the joy of summer band concerts and the pool, and he was even a little bit interested in fireworks on the 4th of July. Nonetheless, now that the Kid’s a year older, I think this upcoming summer is going to be even better. Like, so fun that my Sweet Husband and I can’t stop talking about it. One of us will say, “We need to remember to do such-and-such with the Kid this summer….” And then, both lighting up, we’ll chime off together, “Ahhhh! This summer is going to be so much fun!”
Watching the last, late-spring snow melt, we’ve hardly been able to wait. Vacations and visits to the snow cone shack we grew up spending our allowances at….camping trips and charity runs and new adventures to try together….at the beginning of the season the summer seems so limitless. But, even though we’re already making plans, with jobs and other responsibilities these beautiful days have a way of flying by. In the press of life, it’s so easy to forget those good intentions, and before you know it it’s Labor Day and another summer has slipped away.
To prevent that, I give you the 2013 Carver-Allmond Summer Bucket List! It’s a mix of simple, ’round-town and great-big-adventure…and—Ahhhh!—it’s going to be so much fun!
1. Spread out our blanket and clap along to the tunes at as many Wednesday night summer band concerts in the park as we can.
2. Dip our toes in the Pacific Ocean and collect a piece of jade from “Jade Cove” in Big Sur.
3. Introduce the Kid to Tropical Sno.
4. Take a swim in Grandpa’s pool.
5. Finally borrow our friends’ canoe and see if we can paddle as a family.
6. Make homemade ice cream using Grandma-Great’s recipe.
7. Go camping with Manga and Panga at Roaring River.
8. Run the “Red Dog 10K” again as a family, with the Kid riding along in his stroller as our coach.
9. Make an entire meal from food grown in our own backyard.
10. Visit the Kansas City Aquarium.