Summer: Bucket List Update

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Summer: Bucket List Update 2

Having written a summer bucket list at the beginning of our vacation, we’ve had a wonderful time ticking things off!

In July we managed to do loads, and had great fun in the process. August has been much the same :) The boys go back to school tomorrow and we haven’t quite managed to do everything… but we’ve had a brilliant time trying!

Summer: Bucket List Update 2

We’ve had more playdates and ridden bikes and scooters, played in the park and done lots more running. We’ve eaten good food and crisps and ice cream! We’ve been to IHop (again) and Fuddruckers and Burger King (but I’m not sad that we didn’t make it McDonalds). We’ve had lots more picnics, and managed one with cake!

We’ve done crafts and painted outside, blown bubbles and occasionally played on the Wii. We’ve run in sprinklers, visited Storyland and played mini golf.

We made it to Maine, visiting Fort Foster (post to follow) and we spent a few days in Cape Cod, having our first family camping trip. And, the 6yo went fishing with his dad! We’ve been to Breakheart Reservation and to some beautiful beaches (including the requested trip with Granny) where we’ve built sandcastles. We’ve done lots more swimming; in the pool, lake and ocean; so much so that I ran out of room for stickers! A fun afternoon was spent at the Ipswich River Park with bikes and scooters.

A rainy day day resulted in a trip to the cinema to see the Minions Movie and a visit to the Lego Store, but the fabulous weather means that other indoor activities will have to wait till fall! We did get back into Boston, ticking the Science Museum, Boston Common and some more of the Freedom Trail off our list. But we didn’t make it to the Children’s Museum or Legoland.

We ran out of time for a day trip to Davis Farm Land and Connecticut was a step too far! I can’t believe we haven’t been to Stone Zoo, a regular outing for us the rest of the year and I’m almost embarrassed that we didn’t visit the library, but with new books and kindles and a house full of favourites we just haven’t needed to, and we have read a lot (ran out of room for stickers for this one too!). We didn’t manage to get the boys new rockets built, but there will be plenty of time to do that in the autumn. And, Plaster Fun Time will also need to wait for a rainy afternoon!

Bucket List Update 2 Collage

All in all, it has been the most amazing vacation. Grumpiness has been kept to a minimum and we have spent so much time outside enjoying the sunshine. Being able to swim outside still feels like a wonderful treat to this Scottish girl, even though it’s the norm here.

The kids all being that little bit older has changed the dynamic and made for a much easier, simpler time. No stroller, no changing bag. Being able to just jump in the car and go, grabbing our ‘pool bag’ or ‘beach bag’ as we head out the door has been liberating.

For the first time, none of us want the vacation to end.

Best. Summer. Ever.

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26 thoughts on “Summer: Bucket List Update”

  1. That is such a fantastic idea! It sounds like you have had lots of fun, what I like about your bucket list is that it gives you a great visual of how much you have done. I always get to the end and think ‘oh we didn’t do much’ but we really have done loads! I don’t want the kids to go back.

    1. I really like the visual too, it really helped us find things to do, and the kids loved seeing the number of stickers increase!

  2. It really does sound like the best summer ever Sara! I’m really quite envious not only of the range of things you are able to do but the consistently good weather and the organisation and the workable dynamic and everything! Its funny to think that you probably wouldn’t have done a load of this stuff with your eldest at three and a half but everything kind of defers upwards to the oldest child doesn’t it? So the wee girl gets to come along on the ride! I think I might consider a summer bucket list next year – it gives you motivation to actually get out there doesn’t it and I think EJ will be able to more at the age of four too. X

    1. You’re absolutely right Sam, the fact that the kids are that bit older has made a massive difference, and the wee girl has had to fit in with what the boys want to do. The weather has made a huge difference, but writing the list and having it on display in the kitchen worked brilliantly. We were never short of ideas :) I’d definitely recommend it x

  3. Your to do lists are so beautiful! We didn’t want the vacation to end either – it was such a wonderful summer! And the kiddies got along so well together, I wasn’t looking forward to back to school. So glad you had a great summer! x

  4. We followed an activity calendar through July, but took it kind of easy in August. Looks like you got a lot ticked off, and it’s great that you’re making the most of the good weather and doing outdoor activities and trips!

  5. Oh my goodness, what a fab summer you’ve had! I have family in Maine, must try and get out there one day. Thanks for sharing in #KidsCorner x

  6. wow you really did alot! love your list by the way the post it notes are a great idea, we have had crappy weather in the UK sadly I missed a fair few bits off our own bucket list because of that which is a shame suns out now though so tiring to make up for it! Thanks for linking up to #kidscorner x

    1. We were very lucky, the weather was amazing this year, so it was easy to get out and tick things off! I liked the post its, made it easy to add things and it was really visual for the kids x

  7. I absolutely love love your post it notes bucket list and I think I should make one myself what a great idea. Then as you do them you pull the post it note off and keep track of all that you accomplished. lol :) Love your collage of summer fun. Lovely photos and the kids sounds like they had a great one too. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again soon. I apologize for my late commenting, just catching up on a hectic week. I appreciate all the blog support. Look forward to reading more of your SWM link ups. #sharewithme

  8. What a wonderful summer it looks like you’ve had. You managed to tick off lots of your bucket list with loads of fantastic activities. It does get easier to get out as the kids get older. You have lots of lovely memories to look back on x
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

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