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Summer is here!!  You know what that means, right??  Yep, sandals, swimsuits, barbeques and vacations!  Oh yeah, also kids who are so full of energy they can run circles around their parents!  I have learned in my 13 years as a parent that busy kids are happy kids.  I have also learned that between all my daily responsibilities keeping three kids busy is one of the more challenging things I have ever done!  That is why when I saw the post about a Summer Bucket List on Becky Higgins’s blog I was thrilled!  It was planning schedules in one of the most fun ways I’ve seen!!

The first step was to talk to each of my kids to see what their summer priorities were!  My ten and eleven year old daughter was more than willing to share.  However my 13 son was a little less enthusiastic.  I’m pretty sure teenage boys are happy to eat pizza and play video games.  As we continued the conversation and really started to throw ideas around even my teenage son was pretty excited to put together ideas for this summer!

We all agreed that swimming was going to be at the top of the list!  Then after talking a bit more we decided that not only would we swim but we would visit some of our local pools with fun water features!  Do you see where this is going??  Yep, as we talked we came up with more than fifty different ideas for our summer!

After seeing Becky Higgins’s blog post I also decided I wanted to keep track with Project Life.  Here is what we came up with for our little Summer Bucket List/Project Life command center!

Bucket List Poster








The kids love it!  The girls are already journaling about their day.  I’ve handed the camera over to my son to be our official photographer.  We are all on board and I can’t wait to see the finished project at the end of the summer.  Our last item on our bucket list this summer is to put together a time capsule to be opened in 10 years.  One of the items that will be included is a letter written by each of us to ourselves.

Here is our first day of summer photo of my cute kids!  Even though they are older they get super wiggly and goofy when it comes to taking a picture together.  It’s not a perfect shot but they are perfect to me!

First day of summer

This process has made me realize how important the little things are.  My children continue to teach me daily about family, love and happiness.  I am definitely excited about this summer and am positive that the phrase, “I’m bored will not be spoken in our home!”

To link up to the Summer Bucket List Challenge stop by The Happy Family Movement.  You can link up your blog, check out the Facebook group or follow their Pinterest board.  There are so many fun ideas for families of all ages!