Last year was the first summer in our new town. We no longer had the lake right down the road to spend our days at. We had no friends to hang out with all day. We'd had a rough, lonely school year with lots of emotions surging through our home. I was very afraid we would have a miserable summer. So I determined not to. We made a list of all the things we'd love to do and began planning them out, putting events on our calendar and setting the wheels in motion. It ended up being a truly wonderful, satisfying summer for all of us.
So this year we are doing the same thing. As a family, we made a list of what we'd love to do in these few short months of sunshine, warmth, and no school. Here's a sampling:
- Lunch at the Japanese Steakhouse
- Camp out at our friends' house on the coast
- Mini golf
- Make homemade ice cream
- Camping trips with smores, hot dogs, and a fire
- Picnic at the park
- Picnics on the boat
- Stay at Nanny's and swim at our "old" beach
- Campfires at home
- Yard sales
- Go to Bar Harbor
- Ice cream social
- BBQs with friends
- Go to the movies to see Monsters University and Despicable Me 2
- Trips to the beach
- Camping trips
- Hike Blueberry Ledges
- Read aloud several good books
- Go to camp
- Go out for ice cream
I hope you create your own bucket list for this summer! For help and ideas, visit The Happy Family Movement blog.
Enjoy the life you've been given and the place where you're livin'!