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The Ultimate Guide to Creating Family Bucket Lists....

Friday, June 2, 2017

Happy Friday friends!  School's out for the summer -- now what?

Creating bucket lists is a favorite of ours because it helps us get excited for all we have to look forward to in the new season, be intentional with our time, and hopefully create memories that will last a lifetime.  Then at the end of the season, it gives us pause to reflect on all we did do amongst all the chaos!  


Bucket lists helps you anticipate the joy of the season.

Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that we have only 18 summers with our kids…some of us might get a few more, some a few less based on summer plans and obligations.  I have just 10 summers left with my oldest (this summer included).  #passthekleenex  I want to make the most of the time I have and I know you do! 


Seasonal bucket lists help us to be intentional, making time for what matters. 

So how do you make a seasonal bucket list?

Sit down as a family.  We sat down the night school let out for the summer because we were so excited to anticipate all that we love about summer.

Reminisce about last year.  First we discussed what we have done in the past, what things we loved and what memories we remember.

Brainstorm.  We work together to come up with all the things we want to do.  We might narrow it down to a manageable list that will fit on our board.  That doesn't mean we won't do other things but this is a list to start from.   Scott and I also throw in some things they forget (like family vacations) or little things we want to do with them.

Record.  Depending on how old your kids are, you could have them help record or have them do their own bucket lists.

Post the List where you can see it.  Then the kids cross off items as we do them.   We post ours in our kitchen on an old full-length mirror I painted with chalk paint.  

Reflect.  At the end of each season, take time to look back and remember all the fun you had together!


Reflection is an opportunity to praise the Lord for all the fun we had and think about the memories we made.

So what do you put on your seasonal bucket list?

Service Projects.  This year we hosted a #LeilanisLemonadeStand to kick off our summer.  All the proceeds went to support a sweet young girls' family.   You could also pick up the trash at a local park, collect food for the food pantry, make cards to be shared at the hospital or a nursing home, or bake cookies for your local police or fire department.   

Home Activities.  My kids love to squish the couches together and watch a movie.  They also love to have family room picnics.  How about cooking with your kids?  You could also put up the tent in your basement for a little at-home camping.  You could also invite friends over for a play date, make a craft at home or write postcards to family far away.   Host a bonfire and play kick the can with your guests.  Make at hot cocoa.  Indoor snowball fight.  Carve pumpkins.  Plant flowers.  Create a garden.

Local Activities.   Go to the park, go to a lake,  visit the library, participate in the summer reading program, attend a local class at a craft store, go downtown and play, visit the zoo, go to the pool, visit a splash pad.  Visit the pumpkin patch.  Go to the apple orchard.  Visit your alma mater.  Attend a sporting event.  Go ice skating.  Go fishing.  Sledding.  Snowman building.  Go to a state park.  Go hiking or camping.  

Vacations.     Family visits.    Road trips.   Seasonal and holiday activities.

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If you need more ideas - please check out my my summer bucket list Pinterest board!


Bucket lists are not meant to overwhelm you or be a competition of who did the season best.

This season remember to keep on, keeping on. #tribekoko.  Be intentional, have fun and remember we aren't aiming for the perfect season, just a great, memory filled one!  Expectations can be the thief of joy!

What's on your bucket list? 

If you blog, make sure to link-up on Monday when we will all be sharing our summer bucket lists.  Be prepared to be inspired!  #notacompetition  We can all learn from one another!  Happy first summer weekend to you and happy bucket list making!

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Linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites!

7 comments on "The Ultimate Guide to Creating Family Bucket Lists...."
  1. I really like making our seasonal bucket lists!

  2. Erin, I love you and I love this post. You are always so inspiring and have such a great way with words. You are so right about reflection, and praising the Lord for the season we had. I love how you also reinforce Bucket Lists are not a competition of who can do it the best. You are so right. I love your idea of having seasonal Bucket Lists. My kids would love one for fall and winter or spring. I can't wait to link up on Monday and gather new ideas for our bucket list. P.S. I LOVE that chalkboard!

  3. I love the idea of a summer bucket list for the family. I can't wait to read everyone's posts.

  4. The days are long but the years are short. With each summer I panic a bit thinking about how my summers with my kids are quickly vanishing. Our summer bucket lists are all about making memories with them and soaking up the lazy, fun summer days.

  5. What a great post with such great ideas for families. Yes, the years go by so quickly and boom! the kids are grown and gone. I know, ours are 37 and 40 now. Happy weekend!

  6. I need to borrow some ideas from you! I asked my kids what they wanted to do and all they said was swim and have sleepovers! I guess I should consider myself lucky?! Safe travels to Texas!

  7. Oh wow! Talk about #perspective - I’ve never thought about summers like that! All the tears. I am a big fan of bucket lists.


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