Now that our public school system has finally finished the school year (it was a bit delayed due to our crazy winter weather), I can focus solely on summer. Summer always involves sunshine, time with friends and family, outdoor grilling, fresh cucumbers, traveling, and lazy summer evenings, but I thought it would be fun to also include a bucket list this year. I love the idea of a summer bucket list. It seems less stressful and more achievable than a traditional bucket list. I enjoy a challenge, and I work best under a deadline, so I’ve created a list of summertime goals with the intent to accomplish them all!
1). Read Five Books (at least): I love, love to read but never make it a priority. It’s so frustrating. Once I finish one good book, I can’t wait to read the next. It’s rather addictive, as all readers know. I just need to get going with the first book. I’ve got the first three lined up: Insurgent by Veronica Roth (already on pg. 75), Looking for Alaska by John Green, and The Two Week Wait by Sarah Rayner. Any suggestions for the other two?
2). DIY Beauty Product: I’ve pinned several homemade beauty products lately, such as face scrubs or toners. I want to at least make one this summer and see how well it works.
3). Story Time at the Library (at least twice): I know this should be a no-brainer and not a bucket list item, but somehow the boys and I made it the entire summer last year without going to story time at the library Huh??? We checked out our own books but never took advantage of story time. I think I was inadvertently avoiding it because I knew the toddler wouldn’t sit still, but this year, I have faith in him. I think he can do it.
4). Travel to Dollywood (at least twice): We have season passes to Dollywood and even if we only use them twice, we get our money back, but it would be nice to use them a lot since we have them. Last year I think we went four or five times throughout the entire year with only one of those being during the summer.
5). Go Fishing: I can’t remember the last time I went fishing. I want to go fishing. With three boys in the house, I need to know how to fish, at least remotely.
6). Kid Date to a Middle Eastern Restaurant: I love Middle Eastern food, and we have several delicious Middle Eastern restaurants in neighboring Asheville, so I want to take my five-year old on a date one day and introduce him to some delicious cuisine from a different culture.
7). Visit a Nearby Small Town: There are a number of cute little small towns around here. I would like to take the boys to one they’ve never been to or at least one they don’t remember going to. Some options are Brevard, Mars Hill, and Saluda. Just thought I would share those for any local readers.
8). Run on the Beach at Sunrise: I love running and I love watching the sun rise over the water, so I’ve decided it would be fun to be running on the beach when the sun rises. We’re traveling to the beach this year with my husband’s entire family, and we’re super excited. It’s going to be hard to motivate myself to get out of the quiet house that early and run, but I think the end result will be well worth it.
9). Lunch/Brunch with Mom: My mom and I used to go out together alone once or twice a month. We would see movies our husbands wouldn’t want to see or sit at brunch and enjoy a mimosa. We would walk around the mall and shop or sit outside and dine at a sidewalk cafe. Since the little monkeys were born, we are typically using her as a baby-sitter or the entire family goes out together. I’ve decided it’s time she and I had some alone time this summer.
10). Run Two Races: I started entering races/runs back in February. The last one was in April, so it’s soon time for another. I think I should be able to at least fit in two races this summer. We have a million going on around here; I just need to find a couple that fit with our schedule. I always love it once it’s over!
11). Watch Two Classic Movies: Again, you would think this wouldn’t need to be added to a bucket list, but my husband and I haven’t sat down and watched a movie in ages. He nor I have seen nearly enough classic movies. I have only seen pieces of both Casablanca and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, so those are two I’m thinking about. I’m open to options, though. Anyone suggest a classic movie they just adore?
12). Do for Others: I really want to give back this summer. I’m not sure if that means working at our local soup kitchen with my preschooler or volunteering somewhere, but something… We have many opportunities to give back in our small town. It’s so fulfilling to help others, and it’s been a while since my family has done something meaningful. It seems like we do a lot around the holidays then fall off the band wagon. It’s time to hop back on.
So there it is. That’s my summer bucket list. What’s yours?