Summer 2017 Bucket List
I've always been a list maker: high school, college, teaching job, adoption process, things to-do around the house. Give me some post-its and a fun-colored pen, and I am happy. I'm also one of those people who actually add things to my lists just because I like how it feels to cross them off. (Anyone else want to admit to being one of THOSE people?)
Now that Eliza is old enough to understand how checklists work, I've found that I love making lists with her too. She has an amazing memory, which is both a wonderful and terrible thing...especially if you tell her that we will be going swimming 2 weeks from now and then it rains on your parade. I love her excitement over checking things off the list too! Like mother, like daughter, I suppose. This all started with grocery lists (back when I actually WENT to the grocery store instead of doing online order and pickup - game changer, y'all!), and then I decided to extend it to seasonal "Bucket Lists."
Honestly, I already have a running list in my head of things I think we should do this summer or fall or at Christmastime, so it was merely a matter of talking it over with my 2-year-old and creating the list together. We like to keep things pretty simple, and we typically stay around Kansas City, so our list might not seem super exciting to you. It was, however, so much fun for my 2-year-old and her tag-along 1 year old sister. Okay, it was also fun for Marcus and me as well! This is what we came up with for Summer 2017:
(Eliza painted this paper around Valentine's Day to create her Valentine Box. The left over scraps got hung on the fridge because she was so proud of it. Since it was STILL hanging out on the fridge anyway, we made our list on her painting.)
Swimming: We went to our neighborhood pool a few times, but the girls had just as much fun in the baby pool in our backyard. If you drag the plastic slide over to the pool, they can have fun for hours!
Zoo: We have passes to the Kansas City Zoo, and we use them ALL the time. It's nice to go and not feel like you have to see everything all in one day. We also went to the St. Louis Zoo while we were in town this summer.
St. Louis: Like, I said, I'm one of those people who put things on a list just to check it off! We had a wedding to attend in St. Louis, so we added it to our list! We made a trip out of it, and we were able to see a friend from college, go to the zoo, see the arch, go to some parks, and stop by a few cute shops in St. Charles.
Ice Cream Truck: Every year that we have lived in our neighborhood, we've heard the creepy music coming from the ice cream truck each summer. Wouldn't you know, though, that this year the truck stopped coming to our neighborhood. We had to improvise, and we went to a shaved ice stand instead. This place actually stuffs their shaved ice with ice cream, so the girls still thought it was an "ice cream truck."
Fishing: We had planned to take the girls to a friends' pond and make a whole afternoon out of fishing, but, as I'm sure you know, there are never enough weeks in the summer. Instead, we combined fishing with "go to a farm," and fished and the small pond at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. We didn't catch anything, but the fish ate all of our worms. Check and check!
Farmer's Market: We LOVE fresh fruits and vegetables from the Farmer's Market, but we don't go nearly as often as we would like to go. There are smaller markets around us that we stop by sometimes, but we try to make a point to go to the City Market (downtown KC) several times during the summer. My favorite buys are always tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches, and flowers!
Camping: Listen, I am NOT an outdoorsy, wilderness, adventurous type of person. So if you are looking for someone like that, go read a different blog. However, when your 2-year-old asks you to put camping on your Summer Bucket List, you make it work. So...we set up the tent in the living room. We actually didn't even sleep in it, but we ate popcorn, watched a movie, and my daughters had a great time. Don't you dare tell them that it wasn't camping!
Splash Park: We could have checked this one off 10 times this summer. We went to splash parks in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Abilene, TX. Our favorite splash park is Dagg Park in North Kansas City.
Go to a Farm: I didn't know until we made this list that it was Eliza's dream to go to a farm. Thankfully, Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead is pretty close to these city-folk. At the farm, the girls got to mine for rocks, feed goats with bottles, see some animals, and pretend to milk a cow. Eliza also got to ride a pony, which she will NOT stop talking about! Like I said above, we also went fishing at the farm. If you haven't been to Deanna Rose, you should definitely make a trip. I hear it's even more fun in the fall!
Well, Summer 2017, you were good to us! I can't believe it's already time to go back to school.