Did you see the adult version of a summer bucket list I made up to help me have a more intentional summer? Hopefully you may have gotten some new ideas and inspiration to write up a list that helps you get focused too. I also wanted to make up a list of fun ideas we all might enjoy doing with kids this summer. I’m so excited about them all, I will try to refrain from using exclamation points for each one! 😉
– Start our summer with our 3rd annual tradition of brunch at the Blueberry Cafe. I’m all about creating traditions with the kids and I’m happy to say this is one we’ve actually stuck to for hopefully 3 years now.
– Create a daily summer reading routine
– Create a daily summer devotional time with Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals for the Family

– Family dates to the farmers market

– Catch fireflies
– Go berry picking at least once
– Make something new & different with the berries we’ve never made completely homemade, like a pie!
– Set up a backyard campout, with glo-sticks, lanterns, the works!
– Two words: Lemonade Stands!
– Two words: Ice cream trucks 😉
– Make healthy homemade popsicles
– Spend an afternoon at the library

– Host some neighborhood kids for outdoor games like this or this, just because I’ve always wanted to!

– Free & low cost community park activities

– Garden & nature journal all together with the girls’ The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classroomsbook and my own My Garden: A Five-Year Journal book

– Practice weekly acts of service together
– Home spa treatments like this onethis one, or this one
– American Girl crafts like this and mini food picnics for the American Girls with mini food like this

– Smash-booking with the girls so Emma can get her girly groove on with K&Company SMASH Cutesy Journal Gift Set and Natalie can catch up on her K&CompanySmash Folio, Retro Blue

– Learn some sewing together with the sweet, girly projects in Girl’s World: Twenty-One Sewing Projects to Make for Little Girls

– Fourth of July fun crafts like thisthisthis, and this … More ideas here:
– Kiddo cooking lessons
– Empower the kids weekly to practice their musical instruments, hone their talents and pursue their unique personal goals
– One-on-one simple dates with each kid that appeal to them, at least once each this summer
– Finally have that backyard luau we’ve always wanted to have.. why not? Life is short and summer is even shorter! 😉

– A few stolen moments for cloud watching and daydreaming most days

– Last but not least, hold all these hopes and dreams with open hands! There’s a reason this is called a bucket list 🙂 Let us be big dreamers yet model flexibility and contentment for our children, no matter what our days hold this summer!
Here’s to a magical summer full of memory making! What would you add to this list? Would love to hear about your summer plans in the comments!

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