Daily Archives: June 18, 2015

Summer Bucket List- Checklist

As another Summer begins we sat down as a family to write up a Bucket List of MUST DO activities to conquer before the end of the season.  Sure enough, most of the activities involve water and we are so excited to start checking them off.  You can check-off a Bucket List of your own as I’ve included a FREE PRINTABLE below.  Hope you enjoy!

Lemon Perfection

Water Park

For the holidays my sister got our family passes to the water park up north.  We’ve been three times already but want to make sure that we go again as our summer schedules fill up!  Fun for the whole family and definitely a way to beat the heat out here in the desert.


Slip & Slide

Beach Trip

Our family is moving from Hawaii to San Diego, CA in June and we are hoping to make it out there this summer to get some good, quality time with the cousins.  Beach Days are calling my name.  We had such a wonderful trip to California in May and discovered that both kids are at the PERFECT age(almost 2 and 3) and we can’t wait to dip our toes in the sand.


Emma Marie

Camping in the Backyard

I have the fondest memories of our vacations growing up in the Pacific Northwest and going camping-for a week at a time.  Sometimes bike camping(you bike your supplies in) or hiking in to the campsite.  Being able to disconnect from the world for a bit is refreshing and I feel increasingly necessary in our day and age.  I do not want to go tent camping until Emma Marie is potty-trained, although I’m sure she would love it… and perhaps waiting until she is older would help with going to sleep at night.  This summer we want to set-up our tent in the backyard, roast marshmallows, and “camp” until about 9PM before calling it a night and scurrying back into the air conditioned house.  Temps here only cool off to the 90s sometimes high 80s at night so that will definitely be long enough for all involved.


Bonfire & Smore’s


Chocolate? Good.  Graham Cracker? Good.  Marshmallow? GOOD.  Our family enjoys a treat and we always try to sneak in 2-3 bonfires and smore’s sessions a summer.  Raymond’s severe food allergies prevent him from relishing in the graham crackers-BUT don’t you fear- he gets to eat his chocolate and marshmallow between two rice krispies treats…


Food Allergy Friendly Friday Night Pizza

Friday Night Pizza

The days are long, but the years are short.  There are not many things we can bake with due to food allergies, but his gluten-free, egg-free, arrowroot-free, nuts & tree nuts-free pizza actually tastes good.  BUT what’s more important than that is the fact that Raymond and Emma Marie get stools and chairs and they help make the whole pizza with us.  Sure the kitchen is a mess… but the look on their faces makes it all worth it.


Slip & Slide

Splashpad Adventures

Living in the Valley of the Sun we are fortunate to be able to live near many free splashpads.  I feel uncomfortable with all save for the Zoo’s splashpad as many are too close to roads or are in busy shopping centers.  This will be fine next summer as both kids will be old enough-but to be honest with a one and three year old that are extremely active I feel like a frantic mom who’s losing her mind.  So when we have extra hands and eyes around this summer I plan on hitting up some of my favorite splashpads to cool off from the extreme heat!




The Zoo is my all-time favorite place to take the kids throughout the year.  I just wish it wasn’t a half hour drive.  We will be hitting up our zoo at 7AM this summer and cooling off in the splashpad before we make our way home for lunch!


Nailed It- Sliding in Style

Water Balloon Fight

Last year we loaded up on water balloons and then attacked the hubby as he came home from work.  It was an epic battle and all left soaked.  Now that we can have FOUR water balloon tossers I need to really prep ahead of time, as those balloons take a long time to load up.  I plan on filling up a cooler full during nap time and then let slip the dog’s of war.

Too much?



Loved sitting down and actually asking the kids what they wanted to do this summer.  Making a family wishlist and turning it into an epically fun(do-able) Bucket List was a blast!



Summer Bucket List



Thanks for reading!  I hope this gives you a little bit of inspiration to jot down some of your favorite things to do.  As I like to say, messes make memories.  Goodness knows we are in for a messy, memory-filled summer.

Here is our Summer Bucket List Checklist:




Summer Bucket List-Download HERE Summer-Bucket-List-Check-List


Now that I’ve shared our plans for the summer- I’d love to hear from you!


What is something on your Summer Bucket List?

What is one of your fondest memories from growing up?