Simple Summer Bucket List

It's the first day of summer...officially the longest day of the year.  I am sitting on my couch watching the clouds come in and praying, praying, praying for rain.  We need it.  

About a month ago I wrote about Being Intentional in the Summertime with my family.  I needed to reevaluate what I was saying 'yes' to and slow down and say 'yes' to my family more.

We like to keep things simple at our house, so I thought I would compile a list of easy or simple things our family can do together this summer to enjoy the beauty of this season.  Some of these things might be done during the day with just me and the kids and some might be with Kevin in the evening or on the weekends.

Here is our Simple Summer Bucket List:

1.  Go on an adventure and take a basket with us to collect treasures.  Display them proudly on the kitchen counter.

2.  Make homemade popsicles.
Watermelon, Lime, Ginger Pops

3.  On a Saturday night when Luke gets a special treat, roast s'mores by the fire pit.

4.  Eat breakfast at the Farmer's Market.

5.  Have a picnic in the backyard.

6.  Stay up later than usual one night and stargaze on a blanket in the front yard.

7.  Pick flowers around the gardens and take to a neighbor or friend.

8.  Make homemade strawberry-rhubarb jam from the rhubarb and strawberries from our garden.
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Recipe

9.  Head to the Quarry (local swimming hole) in the morning and have lunch together after a morning swim.

10. Pick cherries and deliver a pint to a neighbor or friend.

11.  POTTY TRAIN #yikes
How to Potty Train Your Toddler

12.  Pick up fresh vegetables at the Farmer's Market and make a meal together at home.

13.  Go on a hike at a nature center.

14.  Do 'at home' pedicures with Lily in our backyard.

15.  Set up a sprinkler, sit back and watch memories being made.

15.  'Paint' the deck and sidewalk with water and paintbrushes.

16.  Fill a plastic storage container with water and toys to make a giant ice cube.  Put outside and let the kids chisel away to find their treasures.

17.  Make flower crowns for Luke and Lily out of flowers and twigs from the yard.
DIY Flower Crown

18.  Set up the tripod and camera and take some silly family pictures in the yard.

19.  Eat pizza on the deck on Sunday nights.

20.  Say 'yes' as often as possible when the kids ask to go outside or on an adventure.

21.  Go on a date with Luke to the park of his choice and then grab ice cream after.

22.  Make homemade frozen yogurt.
Homemade Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

23.  Enlist Luke and Lily to help water the pumpkin patch and garden.

24.  Pick and deliver ears of corn to neighbors or friends.

25.  Talk to my littles as much as possible about all the beauty that surrounds us and how our great, creative, imaginative God made it all.

What's on your bucket list this summer?

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