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The Ultimate Family Bucket List for an Absolutely Lovely Summer

June 2, 2017
Summer Bucket List

We have entered the summer season once again and for my family this summer is particularly special. It is the last summer before school begins. Our oldest will start preschool in the fall which will begin a new season of life for us. We will have to adjust our schedule and our routine especially since I stay at home with my kids and before this we haven’t been involved in anything as rigid as the school day rhythm.  We will have to be more prompt, more focused, more organized. It will be a time of transition, both for the four-year-old going to school and the three-year-old being left behind.

So with this transition in mind, I’m trying to make this summer count. Savor the moments, catch the glimmers of ordinary loveliness, and check off many family-oriented activities. Children are only little once and registering for preschool gives me a whole new perspective on the saying “Where does the time go?” It seems hard to believe that my daughter is old enough to send off to school and yet when I look at her, I’m amazed at how grown up she is becoming.

We can't stop time as parents, we can only try to intentionally enjoy the time we are given.Click To Tweet

I think she is ready. I hope I am ready. And I’m looking forward to having a lovely summer with her, her little sister and their daddy. After all, we can’t stop time as parents, we can only try to intentionally enjoy the time we are given and hope we don’t miss the moments we have.

The Ultimate Family Summer Bucket List

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So here is the list of items I hope to check off this summer with my little family. I hope you can use some of the ideas as well.
Ultimate Family Summer Bucket List

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Here are some items to help get you started on your summer activities: 
Cheers to a healthy, joyful and memorable summer!

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  • KatiesKottage

    Great ideas! Adding some of these to what we call our “summer of fun” list!

    • Awesome! Have a great summer!

  • Audrey Huck

    You’re so right on intentionally savoring the moments! Pinned this for later.

    • Time goes by so fast, especially summer! I try to stop and intentionally focus on each moment before it’s gone.

  • This is great! I am expecting my first baby in July, so I wont be able to do a lot of these this summer. I am so looking forward to her growing up so I can do these sort of things with her.

    • It is really fun once they are old enough to enjoy activities. Mine are 3 and 4 so they are the perfect age for a lot of these. Congratulations on your baby 🙂

  • This is an excellent list! We have a little pool for our toddler that we fill up regularly and we are planning to grill out this weekend!

    • 2 must haves for summer 🙂

  • Amy Lonn-o’brien

    Great list!! We just visited the zoo today, I will need to print this one out, I’m sure my little guys will enjoy checking things off the list.

    • Awesome, the checklist makes it even better

  • Krissie Aguilar

    What a great list! I’ve done about 25% of these so far, so I still have a lot left to do!!

    • Same here, it’s just fun to have a list of enjoyable activities to look forward to.

  • Kristen Raney

    Great list! I love that all these options are super affordable.

    • Me too! It’s great when you can have a fun summer for cheap

  • John Naomi Quick

    Such a cute list! Thanks for sharing! As a momma of 6, I’m always looking for ways to make memories with our kiddos!

    • Thanks, Have a wonderful summer with your kids 🙂

  • Edie Emory

    Great list! Saving this! 🙂

  • Sincerely Christi

    I love this so much! There are some great memory makers on this list!! We are definitely going to have to do some of these this Summer!

    • Thanks, I enjoy finding fun things to do that create lasting memories like this 🙂

  • Such great ideas! I didn’t really make a bucket list this summer, but maybe I will.

    • Thanks, you are welcome to use mine or you can print out the customized list 🙂

  • Julie Loos

    Great list! I hope you get them all checked off:)
    Your neighbor at #HeartEncouragement

  • Chrissy Keeton

    I love this list! As a working mom with a blog, I slack some on my mom duties like this list. I need to step up my mom game.

    • Yeah, I need to make a list like this for myself so that I intentionally set aside time to so things with my kids otherwise I get busy with everything else.

  • I remember that like it was yesterday, that leap from the greatest age for a kid, arguably (4), to going to school. It looks like you guys will seize this summer for all it’s worth. I’d suggest a night of star gazing or a day of cloud watching – or even better yet, both.

    • Thanks for the suggestion!

  • sweetsnsnarks

    Sounds like an exciting time for your family! I’m so glad you are setting out to do a lot to enjoy the time with your young ones and love these ideas!

    • Thanks, this will be a transition year for sure.

  • Baby Bears Mama Bear

    great list! thanks for all the fun ideas. I will be doing some of these with my kiddos!

  • Susan Croox

    This is inspiring ! I need to make my own bucket list. The summer goes by so fast and then it’s freezing before you know it.

    • Thanks, I know it always goes so fast.

  • I love the bucket list! I am working on one as well, for the great state of Missouri!!

    • Have a wonderful summer!

  • Debbie Kitterman

    Hannah, this is a great list, I might have to convince my family to try a few! I love that they help trying to get the kiddos outside to enjoy the summer sun! I’m visiting you today from Monday’s Musings Linkup!

    • Awesome, thanks for visiting!

  • There are so many good things on your list! I wrote a bucket list this summer as well and we are already having so much fun crossing everything off our list!

    • Thank you Brittany, it is so fun to check off summer activities!

  • Bethany M. Edwards📚

    Beautiful ideas for a fun filled summer with littles!

  • Rebekah

    I love making bucket lists!! I still need to put one together for my family for this summer. You have such good ideas here, Hannah!! Thanks for making the beautiful printable!

    • You are welcome Rebekah 🙂

  • This is a wonderful idea, might have to steal this to do with my little ones as well. Thanks for sharing

  • My Silly Monkey

    Gotta seize the day! Great list of fun ideas to make memories with your family!

    • So true! Thanks for reading

  • These are great I love splash parks!

  • Thanks for sharing! I’m definitely adding make homemade popsicles to our list now! 🙂

    • Awesome, we have been enjoying ours 🙂

  • I love this! Thanks for sharing! Such fun grab and go stuff! I love Find a New Playground! An adventure with a fun ending!

    • You are welcome, it’s all super simple and fun 🙂

  • Krystal Sadler

    Make lemonade! Yes!! Such a great list!

    • Thanks, we love making summer drinks!

  • Eileen Mendoza Loya

    Thanks for the checklist! I see so many fun activities for the family to do. I would probably start off with visiting a splash park, then we would do the family photo session. That’s a cool idea. We’ve haven’t had our photos take together as a family. I think now is a great time, my kids are home from college. 🙂

    • You are welcome. Summer is the perfect time to have family photos session especially if your kids are all grown up 🙂

  • I love that you have visit a zoo on this list, that’s one of my number one things that I want to do this summer. I’m sure that my little man would love all of the animals!

    • Thanks, my kids love the zoo, we have actually already been to three different ones this summer so we checked that off and then some 🙂

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  • Free outdoor movies sounds so fun, enjoy your summer!

  • You nailed it exactly with the “sun drenched memories”

  • Yes thanks I have that one on my list to link up to 🙂

  • Love the simplicity of this..so easy to make and ACCOMPLISH! Need this on my fridge. 🙂

    • Thanks I have ours on our fridge and I check things off as we do them 🙂

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  • Katie Deckert

    Very cute ideas! Love how doable it is!! Adding water fight to our summer list 🙂

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