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Summer Bucket List – Family Friendly

We made our first ever family summer bucket list last summer.   We didn’t do everything listed, but we had so much fun with the things we did do.  I know that this summer will be even better.  Our baby girl is now a toddler and Bryson is getting to be such a big boy.  It’s easier to go out and I look forward to another fun-filled summer!

I didn’t categorize our list like last year, instead I just typed everything as it popped into my head.  It’s possible that I’ll update the list with more ideas and I’ll add links to relevant posts.  Some things are simple like taking a walk around the lake while others will require preparation and work like making a water table out of an old sink.  Hubby finished up that project today, so I’ll try to have it posted soon.  If you want a sneak peek, there are some photos of the water table on my Facebook page.  It’s really awesome- my husband rocked it!

Our Family Summer Bucket List

  • Day Out with Thomas (check!)
  • Potato Festival
  • Fireworks on the 4th of July (check!)
  • UFO Days in August
  • Petting zoo
  • Homemade liquid sidewalk chalk masterpiece
  • Water table out of an old sink (check!)
  • Build a water wall (check!)
  • Eat fresh from the garden (check!)
  • Fly a kite
  • Roast marshmallows and make smores (check!)
  • Camp out in the backyard
  • Rainbow pudding pops(check!)
  • Catch lightning bugs (check!)
  • Homemade bubbles
  • Outdoor waterbed
  • Go out on Pop’s boat (check!)
  • Water balloon fight
  • Splash pad (check!)
  • Family picnic at the lake
  • Car wash (check!)
  • Fishing (check!)
  • Swimming (check!)
  • Cook-outs and campfires (check!)
  • Playground (check!)
  • Homemade ice cream
  • Feed the birds
  • DIY bird treats
  • Build a fort
  • Plant flowers (check!)
  • Family walk around the lake
  • Shaving cream painting
  • Cabinet makeover
  • Story time
  • Bedroom switch-a-roo
  • Playroom decorating
  • Take flowers to Kolby
  • Try out the new frozen yogurt shop “The Freeze
  • Go to the dragstrip
  • Eat a watermelon
  • Visit the 4.17.11 Tornado Memorial Monument
  • Take a trip to see family

So there is our summer bucket list.   What’s on YOUR list?


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  • The Freeze is great!! Olivia loved it!! There were several people at the tornado memorial when we drove through rainsville this afternoon. I haven’t been strong enough to go yet, it hits a little too close to home, literally.
    You have a lot of great ideas on your list, i may steal a few. Sounds like u got a busy summer.
    And hey, did i mention to u about letterboxing kids?? sounds kind of neat, but i haven’t learned all about it yet.

  • Your list looks almost identical to ours! And I look forward to hearing more about the outdoor water bed…sounds really neat!

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