Summer Bucket List

There have been many online posts made about summer bucket lists. I was inspired to make my own a couple of years ago. Apparently I was feeling quite uninspired, because there were only three things on it, and one of them I never completed.

So this summer, I went all out. I didn’t even write it until July. Because it was so late in the summer, I included things on it that I had already done, but would definitely have been on there if I’d made the list in May.

My list isn’t fancy, it’s not a printable done in watercolor, and as of this point, there are very few summer days left. But I wanted to share what I did to inspire any of you that want to create a seasonal bucket list (I totally intend to make one for fall!).

I wanted mine to be available on my phone and have a box that I could actually check. I settled on the Notes app on my iPhone, because I could type it out using my keyboard on my computer (I hate typing on my phone) but it would sync so I could check it when out and about.

I think Evernote would also work nicely for this purpose, since it has desktop and phone/tablet apps.

This is my list:

July 8, 2018
◦ Hike a new trail
◦ Get Cincinnati Library cards
◦ Go camping
◦ Go to a Farmer’s Market
◦ Make popsicles
◦ Have a picnic
✓ Read a book in a hammock
◦ Visit a new local park
◦ Visit a tourist place near Dayton
◦ Swing
◦ Have a family photo taken
◦ Sleep in a tent
◦ Watch a classic movie with the family
◦ Rope swing into the river
◦ Try a new summer salad
✓ Make peach crisp (8/13/18)
◦ Help Jack learn to ride a bike
✓ Visit Toronto
✓ Visit Montreal
✓ Go to an ice cream shop
✓ Go to the beach
✓ Plant flowers
✓ See fireworks
✓ Go to the fair
✓ Make root beer floats
✓ Have a cousin sleepover
✓ Eat watermelon
✓ Look for shooting stars
✓ Go to a drive-in movie
✓ Go on a road trip
✓ Go to the Mini Maker Faire
✓ Wear red, white, and blue
✓ Find a rainbow
✓ Go to a baseball game
✓ Pick strawberries
✓ Toast marshmallows
✓ Make fresh blueberry sauce for ice cream
✓ Eat fresh cherries
✓ Visit an out-of-town library
✓ Eat tacos from a truck or stand

It may have been a little ambitious after my last three-item attempt, but I’ve done lots of fun things, and SUMMER ISN’T OVER! We are adamant in our family that September is a mostly-summer month.

This list is mainly meant for me and for activities for my family to do with me. I didn’t make a list for my kids, but they’re happy to help me check things off.

Kelle Hampton is fabulous at doing bucket lists, and if you’d like a printable, get on her mailing list. I imagine she will have one for fall coming up soon! Also, browse Pinterest for ideas. There are a lot on there.

Do you make a summer bucket list? Have you done any of the things on mine this year? If you have a post about it, please feel free to share!

Rhythm ~ my word of the year

A few years ago, the idea of having a word to define your intentions and desires for your year became highly popular. I wasn’t resistant to the idea, but I’m so analytical that’s it’s hard for me to pin it down to just ONE word. Eventually I did begin identifying my intention, but I couldn’t seem to narrow it to a phrase.

But THIS year, I finally got it down to one word. I started with “health” as that seemed to cover most of what I wanted to accomplish this year, but then added in “habits” because it was a little more accurate.

That was still a phrase. Health and habits. But someone, in some post somewhere (I wish I could remember who it was), mentioned the word “rhythm” when describing something and it resonated so loud it was like someone struck a gong inches from my ear.

Rhythm describes what I want from my year. It is important to me to develop habits and routines that support my own personal health (mental, emotional, spiritual) and that of my family.

Several moves in the last few years disrupted many of our structures both in good and bad ways, and I’m slow to develop new paths. My personality is reflective.


One big habit that I’ve set for myself is going to bed at a decent hour. I’ve been a night owl since I was tiny (my parents will attest to this), and as I’ve grown older and had children, those late nights just got later and later.

As a parent, those hours were the only time I felt like I was “off the clock,” and it was heightened by my need as an introvert for time alone. It isn’t unusual to find me reading or messaging with my west-coast sisters or browsing the internet for interesting articles at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m.

Since I homeschool, scraping myself out of bed at a reasonable time in the morning to function as a mom and teacher has been difficult. I decided going to bed is a keystone habit for me. It’s one on which so many other habits rest.

As an example of why going to bed is a keystone habit, I’m able to get up earlier (another habit I’ve needed), actually have a good morning routine (also important for health and productivity), and I’m able to make room for alone time while my children are working on school.

I appreciate others who have shared their word of the year (I think that’s #WOTY on Instagram). It’s so inspirational to me to read the words chosen and the thinking behind them. Do you make a habit of choosing a word? What is yours for 2018?