Summer Family Bucket List

Family Bucket Lists became a thing in our home two years ago as a way to be intentional about creating memories with our family.  You can read about it here (but, please, overlook the terrible quality of the photos – I hadn’t yet discovered photo editing).

I learned the valuable lesson to not become overwhelmed by making sure the list got done and thinking of the list as a resource of things to do when we have open days.  It’s a good thing that I learned that lesson because  there were a LOT of items on the Christenson Family Summer 2017 Bucket List that did not get done.

Ideas for this summer’s list started in May.  I had great intentions of making the list all cute and wall-hanging worthy.  But I’m not artsy.  And doing that meant being artsy and, more importantly, carving out the time it would take to make it perfect.  I didn’t use that word.  Perfect.  But that’s what I wanted.  That’s what I was envisioning.  And that’s why the list wasn’t done until the middle of July.  It took me that long to finally admit that I was placing a level of importance on something that I didn’t need to.

The point of making a Family Bucket List is to be intentional about the fun things we want to do together. That’s it.  Not to look perfect doing it.  So I bit the bullet and pulled out two pieces of poster board.  I drew imperfect (and crooked) block letters.  Then I put them on the table and asked the kids to help me color the boards. I then wrote our bucket list items on post-its and the kids and read each one and decided which board each post-it went on.  It took the whole morning.  And it was a blast.  And the kids loved the board.  When they looked at it, they saw something they created and were part of.  When I looked at it, I saw the joy the comes in celebrating all that I have and letting go of what is unattainable.  And crooked, imperfect block letters.

Summer Family Bucket List - maximizingdaysblog.com

We went through the summer and as we crossed items off the list, I took the corresponding post-it, wrote the date it was completed on the back and moved it to the “Nailed It” board.

Summer Family Bucket List - maximizingdaysblog.com

As summer came to a close, it became very apparent that there would be post-it’s left on the “Let’s Do This!” board when summer was over.  And that’s okay.  A few of them can be done in the fall, so they will get moved to next season’s Bucket List.  The others get thrown away.

Summer Family Bucket List - maximizingdaysblog.com

At the end of summer, I took the dated post-its off of the “Nailed It!” board and put them in our photos/keepsakes box as a reference for when I make our family album for the year.  I don’t have photos of all of the events, but having the dates on the post-its will help my old brain remember when we did each activity.

We have since created our Christenson Family Fall 2017 Bucket List and it’s a blank slate.  It’s also the nearing the end of September and there isn’t a single post-it that has moved from the “Let’s Do This!” board to the “Nailed It!” board.  But that’s okay……

Fall Family Bucket List - maximizingdaysblog.com

Summer Family Bucket List - maximizingdaysblog.com

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