When creating bucket lists were all the rage, I never made one. Why? Not because I didn’t have a million things I wanted to do before I was too old to do them, more like I didn’t want to be reminded of all the things I couldn’t do for one reason or another. I know, cup half empty, right? Well, I came across this spin off idea of the bucket list in my Better Homes & Garden magazine (BTW, call me old for subscribing, I DON’T CARE, I LOVE IT) called a sand pail list. Basically instead of writing down everything you wish to do in your life, write down the things you hope to accomplish this summer! Here are the things I’m hoping to do with my family before school starts again.
- I figure since we live in The Natural State (Arkansas), we need to get out and explore it! I want to take a weekend trip to the Hot Springs and hike the mountains surrounding the area and go “sluicing” for gemstones.
- While I’m not a huge fan of sleeping in a tent (or rather, not having an indoor toilet), I do want to introduce my daughter to camping…in the backyard. Tents, sleeping bags and smores! What could be more fun?
- Grow something different. I typically grow tomatoes, peppers and herbs in my garden. This summer, why not try something new? I’m thinking arugula. Not sure what to plant in your area? Check out SproutRobot.com. Just enter your zip code and they’ll tell you.
Be A Kid Again
- Run through the sprinklers WITH my bathing suit on. Don’t get the wrong idea, I don’t do it with my bathing suit off, I just don’t do it.
- Master the hula hoop. Or at least be able to do a few gyrations before it falls to the ground. I’m sure this exercise is good for the core.
- Teach my daughter one of those clapping games. Remember Miss Sue? Miss Sue from Alabama, her name was Susie Anna…or something like that!
Get The Kids in the Kitchen
- Let my daughter make cookies and not the PlayDough kind. She loves to help pour ingredients so why not take it the next step and get her hands dirty. And my kitchen dirty. This may only happen once.
- Get my step-son to cook with me. THIS. WILL. BE. A. CHALLENGE. For one, he’s not with us much this summer because he’s a teenager and let’s face it, they’re busy. Two, I’ve seen him make Kraft Mac & Cheese and that’s it. This will only happen once.
- Make smores – oh wait, that was part of exploring nature.
- Make monthly donations to the local food bank. Even if it’s just a few items or a few bucks, every bit helps.
- Bring awareness to a charitable organization through blogging because it’s the right thing to do. Not because someone is sponsoring my post or because it’s trending on Google. Because it matters.
- Go to an outdoor concert – it’s been ages!
- Take the kids to a museum. Make them (me) leave the iPhones in the car.
- Take my daughter to see Super Why Live! It counts as a theater performance, right?
Those are just a few of the things on my sand pail list. I know I can do each and everyone of them and in the process, I’ll have an awesome time doing it! And if I’m really lucky, I’ll even sneak in a massage here or there. After all, you can’t go to Hot Springs without getting a spa treatment!
What’s on your sand pail list?