Make a Summer Bucket List

Make a Summer Bucket List

A Summer Bucket List (or Living to Do List, as I prefer to call it) gives you the chance to do everything you want to do this summer without carrying it over for the rest of your life—which can be daunting, especially if your life list is super long. It’s a great activity to do with partners, families, and children, and it would also make a great gift for someone. (Decorate a binder or notebook, write a little intro page about creating the list, and include a few numbered pieces of paper for the bearer to write their own list.)

For your Summer Bucket List, you might want to include categories, like the list at Creative and Curious Kids, which has categories such as Day Trips, Weekend Trips, Outdoor Play, and more. For a more grown-up list, you might want to include Movies to See, Wines to Try, Date Nights, Sports to Try, Places to Visit, etc. Since it’s summer, beach aficionados might even want to include a list like Beaches to Visit, while fashionistas might make lists of sunglasses or swimsuits they want to try.

While I hate to be a beach party pooper, summer is NOT my season. In fact, it’s my least favorite. My child is home year-round as a homeschooler, so that’s no different for us. The summer heat drives me crazy, though, and I don’t like summer clothing, though I do enjoy not having to wear shoes as much. From the sun (to the sunburns; I’m a diluted ginger and always fear that pain!) to the bugs (we live near the Mississippi and the mosquitoes are always awful) to the poor circulation in our old house (where the bedrooms are sweltering in the summer and freezing in the winter), it’s pretty much just a few months of pain in my ass.

That said, I appreciate summer and all of the growth that it brings; I wouldn’t be a true dirty pagan hippie if I didn’t, now would I? And summer is a great time to grab deals, from free movies to free bowling. But given these facts, my Summer Bucket List usually consists of things to just get done, such as:

  • Spray for bugs
  • Citronella-it up
  • Get sunscreen
  • Bring fans up from the basement; strategically place throughout the house
  • Cut off old pants to make shorts
  • Try not to bitch too much

Then again, my daughter’s list is much more fun than my own; she is five and hers includes things like:

  • Make s’mores
  • Go camping with Mommy and Daddy
  • Sleepovers with her friends
  • Six Flags
  • Carnival/ Area Fair
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Catch Lightning Bugs

Most people will probably make lists similar to hers, and I would encourage just that anyway. There’s no reason my summer doldrums should make anyone else have a bad season! In the meantime, I will be dreaming of the fall, and apple picking, wagon rides, and scarecrows…