We just got back home after the worst vacation ever. I don’t actually think you could even call it a vacation because we ended up spending four days driving all the way to North Carolina and back. I’ll spare you the details and just say that I hope we can plan something for later in the summer to make it up to the kids.
Even though we didn’t end up having a true vacation, we did end up crossing a few activities off of our Summer Bucket List. We’ve been enjoying our summer as much as possible despite all the rain, and gosh has it been raining a lot!
A lot of the remaining activities require warm sunny weather so hopefully we’ll get more of that soon!
If you would like your own copy of our Summer Bucket List click over here.
While I was designing Hudson’s birthday invitations and decorations (he is having a bug themed party) I was inspired to create our annual Summer Bucket List for 2015. It’s a bit early considering we are just finally starting to really see Spring arrive in our part of the country, but that’s okay. It gives us more time to make plans and I have a really cool project planned that will correspond with our bucket lists for each season. Stay tuned for that.
The kids love these lists and think it’s so much fun to cross activities off throughout the summer. My husband and I love them too because they’re a great resource on those days when you just can’t seem to keep the kids from being bored and bickering.
Here is my design for 2015. Feel free to right click, save it to your computer and print out your own copy. Pin it and share it with friends too!
Note: This list is for personal use only.
As you can see if you compare the lists, I keep all of our favorite activities each year, but try to change things up a bit too. This year I one of the activities I added is a “hooray” day. I have that planned for Hudson’s first day of summer break. I’ll post more about it when the date gets closer in case you’d like to have your own “hooray” day.
And if you’re interested here are the previous year’s lists:
I hope you find these lists helpful, fun and super cute! Enjoy!
Is there anything you would add to your list? I love to hear about it!
I’ve made some major progress with my spring cleaning due to the fact that the weather has been so cold. We haven’t been out and about much during the week or on the weekends, so I’ve been able to cross a ton off the list.
The cleaning list that I’m using can be found here.
The check marks are the chores I’ve completed. The lines are the chores that don’t apply to our house. I still have a lot to do, but I’m happy with my progress. The list even inspired me to finally paint our linen closet. It’s been an ugly mint/lime green color since we moved in almost 8 years ago. Gross. I know. I’m pretty sure it was the original color and the house was built in 1973. It was the only closet in the house that hadn’t been painted. Now it has a fresh coat of white paint. I also cleaned it out and got rid of a ton of junk. It looks awesome.
It’s amazing the difference a little bit of paint can make. The next painting project will be the master bedroom, but I have yet to determine the color.
This weekend the temps are supposed to warm up quite a bit, so I think we’ll get started on some yard work and outdoor projects.
I included this awesome bird feeder craft from Handmade Charlotte on our Spring Bucket List because I knew the kids would love it. We are huge bird lovers around here. Hudson has a ton of bird stuffed animals and we spend a lot of time bird watching at our backyard bird feeder. It’s fun because we have so many different kinds that frequent our feeder daily.
I know it’s not quite Spring yet, but since the weekend was supposed to be cold, I figured what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than making a Spring craft.
I didn’t get any photos of them in progress, but this is definitely a craft for the grownups to make. There’s a lot of cutting and hot gluing, so there wasn’t much the kids could help with, but we did take them to the craft store and let them pick out the materials.
Oh, I should note that instead of a paper towel roll as the base, we used tubes that originally held glow bracelets. They are very thick cardboard tubes. Much thicker than paper towel rolls. I saved them in hopes that I could eventually use them for something and this was the perfect project.
I would definitely recommend this project. The kids love their new toys. They are really quite sturdy and seem like they will hold up well over time. Most of the materials are basically recyclables or things you have around the house, except maybe the felt which is really cheap at the craft store. I think this only cost around $4.00 with the exception of the tiny pom poms that we bought to use as the bird food.
If your kids like birds you should totally make this for them.
Happy March! It’s almost Spring and I couldn’t be happier!
Since I’m super excited and anxious for Spring to arrive, I decided to make another Spring Bucket List to print and hang on our fridge. These lists are such a great way to let the kids keep track of the things we want try to do during that particular season and the things we’ve already done, as well as, a way for us to come up with an activity at a moments notice.
**Note:This printable is for personal use only**
To print your own copy simply right click on the picture, save it to your computer and print.
(If your wondering about the play birdfeeder craft, it can be found here at Handmade Charlotte. I came across it on Pinterest a while back and knew my kiddos would love it. We’re big bird lovers around here.)
I’ve participated in Ali Edwards One Little Word workshop for the past 3 years. So far my words have been, nourish, open, and choose. Those were all fairly tough years and I needed those super intentional words to help guide me through, but this year is different. This year is all about enjoying life to the fullest. Things have settled down here and our family is now in a great place, so I want to shake off all the heaviness and have fun.
My word for 2015 is Magic. I want to make magic. I want to experience some magic. I want to find magic in the everyday moments. I want to see magic happening around me.
There is so much magic out there, but for the past 4 years we’ve struggled in all aspects of our lives and weren’t able to experience it to the fullest. But this year I will, we (my family and I) will together.
Here are just a few goals I’ve set for 2015:
-Travel someplace new both with the kids and without
-Learn something new (knitting maybe; it’s only been on my list forever)
-See something awe inspiring
-Spend more time with my friends
-Spend more time alone with Jeremy
-Make something beautiful for our home
-Maybe buy a new, slightly bigger home
-Grow an actual garden
-Grow my photography business
-Spend more time outdoors for crying out loud!
I’m so excited to start making some magic!
I created our Fall Bucket List again this year and thought I would share it with you. If you would like to print your own copy (for personal use only please) simply right click on the photo, save to your computer and print. Simple as that.
We’ve already crossed one thing off the list and are looking forward to enjoying fall to its fullest!
P.S. In case you are interested, you can check out the list for 2013. Generally we do a lot of the same things each year, but I try to add a few different things too.
I mentioned yesterday that I was thinking about making a Spring Bucket List/Spring Family Fun List. Well, I made one and I’m sharing it with you today. It is available for you to download.**PLEASE NOTE: This download is for personal use only** To print your own copy simply right-click on the image and save it to your computer and print.
I hope it inspires you to get outdoors and enjoy the new season!
You might notice that some of the activities on the list are repeats from previous Summer or Fall lists. I decided to repeat a few that were on the lists that either never got crossed off because we didn’t get to them or were activities on the list that we did when Harper was a baby and she couldn’t really participate in, such as painting birdhouses.
I can’t wait to start having some Springtime fun!
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I think it’s safe to say that Spring has finally arrived here in the Midwest…well, my part of the Midwest anyway. Bright blue skies, lots of sunshine, warmer temps and Robins are all good signs that Winter is on its way out. We’ve had four days that the temps reaches 60+ within the past week or so. And looking ahead at the forecast, it shows 50’s & 60’s. I’ll take it! I’ll take anything above 40 at this point!
With temps on the rise, I’ve been thinking about all the things I want to do outside this Spring and Summer. Here is a list of everything I would like to do and get done outside the house. You know I love a good list!
- Host a launch party for my photography business (I would love for this to be outdoors instead of in, but it’s definitely up to Mother Nature)
- Plan & Plant a garden (I want to involve Jeremy and the kids this year)
- Get a swing set for the kids
- Remove about 7 bushes from our backyard
- Plant tall grasses where we remove the bushes
- Powerwash and stain our deck
- Seed and Fertilize the lawn
- Plant flowers…a lot more flowers this year
- Empty the sandbox and refill with pea gravel instead of sand
- Plan a family vacation
- Take the kids camping for the first time
- Lots and lots of family outings (I’ll be listing these on our Summer Family Fun List again this year. You can check out last year’s list here.)
- Get a new front door
- Wash the windows
- Spray paint projects (I can’t spray paint all winter because it’s too cold out, even in our heated garage)
Whoa…that’s a lot of stuff! I could probably keep going, but I think I’ll stop there before I totally overwhelm myself! Ha ha! I hope the weather sticks so that I can get going on this list as soon as possible.
I was also thinking about maybe creating a Spring Family Fun List this year. I have a list for every other season, so it seems fitting to make one for Spring as well.
What are your plans for the new season? Are you as excited as I am?!