Parenting Tales

Summer Bucket List

Well, school is out and we’re all getting used to our new summer schedule. So far, so good!

This year I had the kids make a summer “bucket list.”  I had to explain to them that it is a list of goals for the summer, places you want to visit, or things you want to accomplish before summer is over. Believe it or not, though I am a goal oriented/list-making type of person, I’ve never done this! It was fun to hear what they felt was important to do while school is out.

Here’s what we’ve come up with so far and I’ve encouraged them to add on to it as they think of more ideas.

Daniel (almost 12!):

Learn archery

Go to Boy Scout camp

Go tent camping in the backyard at least twice


Go to the beach at least once

Go to Hershey Park

Read a little bit of the Bible every day

Go to camp

Make a solar oven

Try new science experiments

Heidi (8):

Help Daddy with stuff

Make a quilt

This one is done!
This one is done!

Go to the garden

Use the fire pit to make supper

Go to camp

Read Pippi Longstocking

Have a picnic lunch outside once a week

Joey & Josh (6):

Go to Grandma’s for a sleepover

Make cardboard swords and shields

Go to McDonald’s for lunch at least once (specifically one with a Playland)

Reading Camp

Go to the pool

Go to yard sales


Go to Kilby Cream at least once (because ice cream is very important to me;))

kilby cream 001

Re-do our fire pit

Grow potatoes in a bucket

Take everyone fishing

Read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Read Seven by Jen Hatmaker

Tie Dye T-shirts with the kids

Make a chevron quilt

Refill our chest freezer with veggies and fruits that we’ve grown

Learn how to use a serger

Try out at least 3 new hiking trails

Go to Raystown Lake

Family vacation at a state park


We’ve accomplished several of these so far and look forward to crossing more off of our list!

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