Thursday, August 29, 2019

Family Summer Bucket List 2019 - What We Accomplished

Summer Break is over and the kids have been back at school for a few weeks now, so it’s time to recap our summer bucket list and make way for the fall bucket list!

O N E – Extended Beach Trip & Explore New Things There

CHECK!  We may have had a couple of days of rain, but this trip was still amazing and one of my favorites to date!  Recaps are at the end of this post.

T W O – Explore Our Downtown Area

CHECK!  We went downtown many times this summer and checked out some of the new restaurants as well as the new candy store, plus the new murals!  We were supposed to have a new donut specialty shop open this summer, but it’s not done yet.  We’ll have to visit once it opens!

T H R E E – Providence Canyon

CHECK!  We visited Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon” and it was a great time!

F O U R – Spend Lots of Time at the Library and Keep Little Minds Sharp All Summer

CHECK!  We made several visits to the library and did lots of reading.  The kids also completed their summer homework to keep their minds sharp.  I had mentioned that I wanted to have Jacob memorize his multiplication tables this summer, but we didn’t quite get through the whole pack of flash cards.  He knows the x0, x1, x2, x3, x10, and x11 well, and he knows some of the x4 and x5, but we never got around to studying the higher numbers.  We will continue to work on this during the school year. 

F I V E – Take the Kids Bike Riding on the Bike Trail

FAIL.  Never made it.  I had intended to do it later in the summer, but it has been way too hot to even think about going outside.  We did manage to go bike riding around our neighborhood several times, though!

S I X – Find a Cold Coffee Drink at Starbucks That I Like

CHECK!  Several people recommended the Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato and it was delicious!!  I liked it because it wasn’t too rich or heavy… perfect for summer.

S E V E N – Play in the Pool in Our Back Yard

CHECK!  Seriously the best $25 we’ve ever spent!  We’ve used it tons for two summers straight and it’s still going strong! 

E I G H T – Go see an Atlanta United Game

CHECK!  B and I took the kids for a day trip to Atlanta and we had a blast at the game! 

N I N E – Swimming Lessons for Both of the Kids

CHECK!  Jacob rocked them completely and even learned to dive this summer (he was fearless) and Olivia did well, too.  Her lessons started out rocky as she got her first ear infection in years which caused her to miss a couple of days, but the rest of the lessons went well.  She’ll need to attend again next year because she’s not 100% comfortable, but Jacob should be good to go!  Although, he may want to take the lessons so he can be in the pool and not be bored!  Haha.

T E N – Date Nights

CHECK!  I didn’t technically say B and I had to go on three date nights, but I had wanted to aim for that.  We only ended up going on one, but we have so many planned over the next few weeks we’ll more than make up for not going on many this summer.  I’m calling this one a win.

E L E V E N – Get Milkshakes

CHECK!  The kids and I grabbed some cookies and cream shakes from Chick-Fil-A… where else??

T W E L V E – Play on All the Playgrounds

CHECK!  We made it to so many different ones around town, despite the heat.  We actually never made it to the newer one that we wanted to go to, but we pretty much went to all of the others!

T H I R T E E N – Cookout and Outdoor Movie with Friends

FAIL.  We just honestly never got around to this.  Again, I blame the heat.  We’ve completely neglected our back porch for the last few weeks… haven’t even set foot out there. 

 F O U R T E E N – Local Brewery

FAIL.  Never got around to this early on, and then later in the summer, again, HEAT.

F I F T E E N – Open Savings Accounts for the Kids

CHECK!  Finally did this one a couple of weekends ago… just in the knick of time!

S I X T E E N – Establish Chores and Allowance

FAIL.  Still haven’t even discussed this.  At least we got the savings accounts open, though!

S E V E N T E E N – Vacation Bible School

CHECK!  They enjoyed it as always!

E I G H T E E N – Summer Camp

CHECK!  And the kids had a blast!  They went for water week and loved it!

N I N E T E E N – Get a Tan (While Using Sunscreen, of Course)

CHECK!  I had a nice tan all summer long, and I sure do wish I could just be this tan year-round.

T W E N T Y – Read Five Books

CHECK!  Well, I blew this one out of the water, y’all… I wanted to read five books this summer and I ended up reading eleven.  Eleven, y’all!!!!  And I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever had such a great streak of books ever… I enjoyed every single one of these… not a bad one in the bunch!

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan – loved it
Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan – cute, light and easy beach read
Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino – one of the best books I’ve read this whole year
The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle – cute, light-ish
Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks – bittersweet but good
The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand – I couldn’t put this one down!  Loved it!
One Day in December – I adored this one!  I’d like a copy of my own to read again.
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand – this was another great read that I couldn’t put down
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center – liked this one a lot as well
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – this one was heavy but a fantastic read
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo – loved this one, too!

T W E N T Y – O N E – Perfect Our Grilling Game

FAIL.  We stuck to burgers and hot dogs yet again… we still haven’t attempted to grill anything else, and the one thing I want to get good at is chicken! 

T W E N T Y – T W O – Campout

CHECK!  I built a fort in Olivia’s bedroom and the kids slept in it in their sleeping bags.  They loved every single second of it! 

T W E N T Y – T H R E E – Random Acts of Kindness

CHECK!  Not only did we do many random acts of kindness throughout the summer, we ended the summer with a Random Acts of Kindness Day! 

T W E N T Y – F O U R – Celebrate Jacob’s Birthday

CHECK!  We celebrated our boy several different times and he’s officially an eight year old!

T W E N T Y – F I V E – Weekend Trip to Huntsville

FAIL.  My bro and SIL ended up closing on their house later than intended so we decided to wait to visit until they were settled.  They’re settled now, but our weeks are now filled with work, school, and extracurricular activities, so we’ll have to wait for some time off before we can make the trip.

T W E N T Y – S I X – Get Brian’s Office Cleaned Out and Organized

CHECK!  Okay.  So.  Technically this is not 100% complete, but we worked so hard and made so much progress in there and we’re so close to done that I’m going to go ahead and give this one to us.  I’m sure we’ll get it finished soon!

In addition to all of these things we also…

Had a dinner date with my coworkers…

Had dance parties…

Had impromptu dinners on the back porch with family…

Had an evening downtown with my girlfriends…

Worked on some house projects…

Did sidewalk chalk…

Had play dates with friends…

Had dinner dates with friends from Daddy's work…

Went to The World of Coke in Atlanta

Celebrated Fourth of July…

Went to Chick-Fil-A Cow Appreciation Day…

Had a movie date with the ladies in my family…

Took the kids fishing…

Got ice cream from the ice cream truck…

Had a play date with school friends at the trampoline park…

Played lots of Jenga…

Watched lots of movies at home and at the movie theater (Alladdin, Toy Story 4, and Lion King)...

Went to a swimming party with school friends…

Changed Jacob’s car seat over to a booster…

Ate breakfast at our favorite coffee shop…

Went to the splash pad...

And ended it with a girls weekend!


We checked off 20 of 26 items on the list so I’d say it was a pretty great summer!  In case you missed any of our adventures, you can see all of the recaps below!

I’ll be sharing our fall bucket list soon so stay tuned!


  1. You did amazing! Love all the books you read and all the photos!

  2. Wow, what an incredible summer. I seriously want to come hang out in your downtown and the library too! Have a terrific Thursday!

  3. Wow! what a great summer you had! You checked so many things off of your list! That downtown area is tops with all those murals!

    1. Yes we did! So much fun stuff this summer! And thank you! We love our city! So many unique things to do and see here!

  4. That was quite a summer! Loved seeing all of your activities.

    1. Thank you! We love checking off the bucket list items because they're all so fun!

  5. It looks like you had an amazing summer, my friend! I loved all the pictures, and you definitely made so many memories with your sweet family!


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