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2015 Summer Bucket List…..What’s Yours???


What will you do this summer?  Share your summer bucket list, here is mine!

Summer is finally here.  I am an incessant  list maker, but one of the most fun lists I make are my seasonal bucket lists.   It is time to think about those wonderful days of summer and taking advantage of them! There is just something about summer.  I no longer have kids celebrating summer break, but I still feel different when summer arrives!   There is just something about summer and the feeling of relaxation and freedom.  I love the longer evenings sitting on our porch, the extra time with family and the whole summer “mind-set” of slowing down. Time does fly, and before I know it the leaves are beginning to turn and the days have become shorter, so I like to make a summer bucket list.  Some things on my list remain the same from year to year…those special things I MUST do every summer, and others may be new things I want to try. Be careful about “overbooking”, a mistake I made one summer.  Everything sounded fun and I had four kids signed up for too much.  I learned the hard way that we actually missed out on more important things than the “summer education” plan I had in place.  I truly believe that summer must have time for doing nothing.  It is during that time, that children really recharge, learn to play creatively, explore, and really enjoy.  We all have to learn how to be idle.  Take the time to think about what you will do to make this summer one to be remembered….not just busy but full of memories to hold on to when the snow begins to fly and your children are grown.  Fill your child’s summer with memories of the lazy, hazy days of summer fun.  So drum roll, here is what is on my 2015 summer bucket list…what is on yours?

  1.  A trip to the beach!  I love the beach, there is something about the sand and waves.  We will be heading south, but there are a few beaches in the Indianapolis area too.  Check out Morse Beach or the beach at Saxony in Fishers!
  2. Free summer concerts.  I love to head to the summer concerts that are offered all over the area.  Pack up the kids, a few snacks and a blanket and head out to a little music under the stars.  Kids love to twirl and dance to the music and what a wonderful way to introduce all the different music varieties to your children, for free!  Try going kidless too…what a great date night!
  3. Symphony on the Prairie.  At least once this summer we will pack our “gourmet” dinner and a bottle of wine and head with our blanket to Connor Prairie for the symphony.  One of our more special “date nights” of the summer!  Indy has some other great date nights too!  Take a look!
  4. Biking to breakfast.  I am an early riser, and if I am going to be up, why not eat!  I love heading out on a bike down the Monon to a great breakfast place.  Nothing better than a cup of great coffee, leisurely breakfast, and exercise all before 10:00 am.
  5. Indians game.  I am not a huge baseball fan, but I love the Indian’s ballpark.  It is a great place to introduce your family to baseball…or at least baseball food! We will be throwing down a blanket on the lawn and I will be cheering, chatting, eating, and enjoying the evening!
  6. A trip to one of our great state parks.    We love to pack a lunch and head out for a hike at one of our great parks.  Last summer we visited Clifty Falls for the first time.  We had missed that gem over the years!  Nothing better than a hike along cool shaded trails, a little creek stomping, and discovery of the great parks in Indiana.
  7. A trip to the farm.  For this city slicker, a trip to the local dairy farm or U-Pick farm is always a treat.  Take a tour of Trader’s Point Creamery, enjoy the beauty of the area and sample some ice cream, head to the local strawberry patch and pick a few berries or just take a drive outside the city through farm country.  Stop at roadside farm stands and sample the taste of summer.
  8. Read on my back porch….and maybe take a nap!  What a treat to read and maybe doze to the sounds of summer!  Share a great summer read!
  9. Backyard s’mores.  I love sitting by a bonfire and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows for s’mores.  Great conversations are held around fires!
  10. Hit the local drive-in root beer stand.  This is a memory from my childhood that just screams summer.  I can remember the excitement of having the tray hooked to our car window and the “baby” mugs of root beer being delivered right to the car.  Healthy eating??  Not so much.   Great memories?…absolutely.  Memories win in this case.
  11. Enjoy a picnic and music at Mallow Run Winery We stopped at this winery on a fluke a couple of years ago and vowed to go back.  This summer its on the bucket list.  If you enjoy a glass of wine, Indy has several great wineries that have beautiful settings and inexpensive activities.  Another great date night!
  12. Star gazing.  The summer sky will make you wish on a star, and don’t we all deserve to make wishes and believe they will come true?  We may head to Holcomb Observatory on Butler University’s Campus.  It is open most Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 8:45…stars up close and personal!  If you don’t make it there, throw a blanket on the ground and teach your child to look up…there are some things that are worth forgetting bedtime rituals and rules!
  13. Trips to nowhere.  I love to take a drive in the evening, going nowhere.  Windows down, music on, driving with no place to go…hoping to end up at Alexanders Ice Cream Shop on Morse Reservoir.  Love their soft serve ice cream!  Perfect end to any summer day.

So that is the start of my Summer Bucket List…simple right?  Just sit for a moment and think about the days ahead.  Don’t let the summer days slip by without experiencing the lazy, hazy days that will bring you and your children so much!   No pressure, just experience it.  Give your child the gift of a LONG summer…even though the moments go quickly.  Share your list…I just may add a few more “to-dos” to my bucket list!!!

Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.




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