Today I have the amazing Ellie from Ellie Petrov guest posting for me! Ellie is a long time “blogging buddy” of mine and is pretty amazing at what she does. She describes herself as a “Self-taught computer geek. Minecraft mama. Lifelong New Englander. Graphic designer. Rookie snowboarder. Soccer coach. Semi-pro napper. Lifestyle & technology mom blogger” and I think she’s all that and more! Thank you Ellie for hanging out in my space today- I so appreciate it! Be sure to check her out on her blog, on Instagram, facebook and twitter.
I remember someone asking me once if I realized I only really had 18 summers with my kiddos at home. At the time they were very little and life was a little harder so 18 probably sounded like a lot to me at the time. Now that they are twelve and nine and we are well past the days of diaper changes and multiple middle-of-the-night wake up calls, life is just easier and I will say it… WAY more fun! So my summers with our boys have become increasingly precious to me and soaking up every little moment with them is SO important to me. Six years from now my big guy will be opening acceptance (and rejection) letters from colleges and figuring out who to go to senior prom with. WHAT?! Crazy, right? But in the meantime, we are sure going to have a lot of fun.
A few years ago I was inspired by a blog that is no more to take part in a Summer Bucket List Challenge! This was a totally knew concept to me. One of the many things I love about creating a family Summer Bucket List is that it is all about living intentionally. This doesn’t mean planning out every second of every day. For me it means enjoying the little moments, the spontaneous pillow fight or Nerf blaster battle, but also planning for fun as well. My husband and I are both adventurous (me maybe a little more than him) but we are parents to two very cautious souls. We want them to embrace the world without fear, try new things, push their comfort zones, where and when they are ready. So our family conversation surrounding our family Summer Bucket List has been a whole lot of fun and a totally fascinating exercise!
To be perfectly honest, we usually don’t make our way through our whole list. But, we are living our summers more intentionally and it is the best thing ever. So grab some post-it notes or print out one of my printable Summer Bucket List checklists below and get the conversation going. You might be surprised what you and your kiddos come up with! Enjoy and THINK SUMMER!