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Summer Bucket List

Ok before we get started is anyone else secretly wishing that it was already back to school time? No? Just me! Well the cheese stands alone I guess. By the way where did that even come from? LOL

Ok on to the summer bucket list. Now this is my first summer as a stay at home mom and I knew that I wanted to make the best of it. I also knew that I didn't want to create a list of things to do that was a mile long. Reminder: Summer is only 3 months. Summer is only 3 months.

So one night during dinner I whipped out my fancy little notebook and started asking the fam what they wanted to do this summer. Now I'm talking to a 6-year-old and 3-year-old so most of their answers were very basic. My 3-year-old just keep saying she wanted to go outside for example. My husband and I had to throw out some suggestions to get the ball rolling but here is what we came up with along with some resources.

1. Beach Day- We are lucky enough to have a beach located right in our neighborhood so this one will be crossed off the list many times.

2. Lemonade Stand- I'm not gonna lie I inserted this one for the kids. When they opened a Raising Canes in our town they had this cute little booklet in the kids meal all about lemonade stands. They have this really cool program that encourages youth to create their own lemonade stand and learn about being an entrepreneur. There next national lemondae day is August 4th. Check out more info here

3. Splash Pad Day- We love a good splash pad and again we are lucky enough to have a pretty cool one in our city. It has an awesome playground attached and the kids could be there for hours. The best part is they are so worn out it usually ends in a early bedtime...HUGe win in my books! If you are in the twin cities you have to check out the Madison Place Playground

4. Go Library- Now that my 6 year is reading it's important that I make sure she doesn't fall behind and lose her excitement for reading. Therefore we will be spending many days here. Oh also many local libraries have a pretty cool summer reading program. Check out your local library for info. If you are in South Washington County check this out.

5. Slumber Party at Grandma's- I mean who doesn't love a slumber party at grandma's? Plus a kid free night is a must for the summer... grown ups have their own bucket list to complete :-)

6. Movie in the Park- We took the kids to the Drive-In a couple of weeks ago and they loved it. So we will for sure catch a few of these this summer. Its a great Friday night activity.

7. Pool Day- We have lived in our neigborhood for almost 4 years and we have made it to our pool maybe 4 times. Isn't that funny? You find a place its got all of these cool amenities and then you rarely use them. I'm hoping to change that this year.

8. Farmers Market Day- We tried this on Sunday and it was a bust! Next time I will remember to not go an hour before close...slim pickings!! The Minneapolis farmers market is my favorite by the way.

9. Make Tie Dye Shirts- I love a good art project and this one has summer written all of it. Can't wait to show you guys are results. PS I recently picked up a $5.00 kit in the Target bullseyes section. Check it out before they are all gone!

10. Family Movie Night- There are many beautiful days in the summer but there are also a lot of gross humid and stormy days too. Those gross days will be used for movie nights in this house.

11. Make Sno Cones- I think I'm going to do it this year. I'm going to by one of those sno cone machines. I found this one amazon I'm thinking about getting

12. Ice Cream at Sebastians Joe's- We did this last year and the kids loved it! Can't wait to get back there. Also if you've never been you must!

13. A Day at Minnehaha Falls- Another one I can't wait to do. You could easily spend a full day there. Starting with a walk around the falls, riding around in one of those trolley bikes and finishing the day off with amazing seafood and a cold one at Sea Salt Eatery. If you want to avoid the crowds find a weeknight to go.

14. Nature Walk- Free, easy, and can fill up afternoon! Go to Pinterest to find one of those easy guides to use.

15. Water Ballon Fight- What else is summer about? Right? Oh and you need to get these water ballons, they are the best!

16. Go to a Saints Game- My kids have never been to a baseball game and I've heard nothing but good things about the Saints games. They are inexpenisve and are very kid friendly! Can't wait for this one!

17. State Fair- The good old great Minnesota get together! If you live here its a must. I've lived here for almost 20 years and I'm still not sick of it!

Alright well there you have it. I can't wait to share all the memories with you guys I'm sure some of them will be amazing and some of them will be filled with headaches and disappointments but that's life!

What is on your summer bucket list?

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