Summer Bucket List!

Long Beach, NY.

I was browsing Pinterest the other day and started seeing some pins of ideas for summer bucket lists. This started my wheels turning. I love lists! Seriously, I live by my "to do" list. I wouldn't remember to do anything without it. I make lists of goals all the time. They help keep me on track, focused.

These bucket list pins, coupled with a post by Xanthe about making the most of this summer with her boys, and how her new e-course Collaborate was born out of that, started me thinking about really celebrating each summer with Lila. Being present and doing all kinds of fun things. We really only have 18 summers with our kids. One of Lila's has already passed, so we're down to 17. They are going to go by so quickly! I really want to treasure the time. Then I read a blog post about The Summer Bucket List Challenge and how this family is documenting their summer with Project Life, and I decided to drink the kool-aid, too. I wrote a Summer Bucket List.

Most of the activities are those I want us to do together as a family, or at least me with Lila. But there are also a couple of goals I made just for myself, and also for me and Eric together - like date night once a month!

Here's our list:

Get family portraits taken
Strawberry picking on North Fork
Old Westbury Gardens
Bronx Zoo
Plant vegetables
Beach day!
Play with sidewalk chalk
Make popsicles
Invite our friends over for a BBQ
BBQ with coworkers from Rock of Ages
Go to Library story time
Go to Story time at Barnes and Noble
Record our summer with Project Life
FaceTime once a week with family
Go to Montauk
Oyster Bay Railroad Museum
Check out The Jumping Gym
Go hiking at Sagamore Hill, Cold Spring Harbor
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve - Glen Cove
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Eric and Francesca date night once a month
Francesca - read 3 books, complete one knitting project and one sewing project
Francesca - learn one new thing about my camera each week
Make a time capsule film about our summer
Play in the kiddie pool
Convert Lila's room to toddler room (toddler bed, etc)
Go up to Copake

I typed up our list and hung it in the kitchen. This is going to be a great summer with all these wonderful things planned! I hope this can become a tradition - making a bucket list every summer.

We've already started on the list - we went to the zoo on Wednesday, and I've sent some emails about setting up a time for family photos. And Eric just finished building a raised bed in the backyard for us to grow vegetables in!

Does anyone else make summer bucket lists? I'd love to hear what you have planned on yours!

Lila and Eric last summer in Santa Cruz. Lila was so wee!