Our Summer Bucket List
B- beach, boogie board, block party, Basketball Hall of Fame, bike rides, boat rides, Big Time Rush Concert
C- catch fireflies, climb trees, catch butterflies, catch turtles, collect seashells, corn on the cob, Charleston
D- drive around the country
E- enjoy life
F- Fenway Park, fireworks, fish
G- golf, get along with one another, get a horse
H- have fun, hike, sit in the hammock, honeysuckles, Hyman's Restaurant
I- ice cream
J- Jeff Hawes Basketball Camp, Jeep rides, Jim's beach
L- lemonade sale, lobster
M- Montauk, mini-golf, mussels, manhunt, make new friends, Marianne & Charlie's boat
N- Niagara Falls, New York
O- Orioles Game (We go to a game in September)
P- popsicles, Poconos, picnics, project life
Q- Meet the Queen of England
R- read, Rascal Flatt's concert
S- swim, sing a happy song, scrapbook, star gaze, summer olympics, Smoky Mountains
T- Toronto, tubing in the Shenandoah
U- Uncle Brian's
V- Visit Aunt Jackie and Uncle Mark (Jessie visited us in Virginia)
W- watermelon, waves, walk on the beach at night and listen to the waves
X- extreme laziness
Y- Yankee Game
The summer is slowly coming to a close and it has been filled with tiny beautiful things...eating popsicles and catching fire flies, swimming with friends and star gazing, Jeep rides and bike rides and boat rides and picnics, hiking to waterfalls and spending time with family, walks on the beach and collecting shells, we cheered at baseball games and sang at concerts, we raised our hands to the sky as we raced down to the ground on roller coasters, we tried new things and discovered new places, we ate watermelon and lobster and baked brownies with cookie dough icing, books were read, fish were caught and we laid in hammocks. Fun was had by all.
I read in a magazine,
"Our lives are the sum
Of each moment and interaction.
Each day we work, eat, laugh, teach, play, read, remember...
And work at it all again the next day.
Within seemingly small moments we find opportunity to build relationships, develop character, find joy
For the price of our time."
At the beginning of the summer we came up with a "Summer Bucket" list as a family. We did not do everything on this list and that's okay. It wasn't a check-off list as much as it was a way to keep us focused to do things together as a family. We did things this summer that weren't even on the list; a surprise visit from my niece Jessie, a hike to a waterfall, and an evening spent at the county fair and seeing our first rodeo. These were not on the list. We did not get to cross them off. But memories were made together and a little bit of joy was found as a family.
When I look back at what we did this summer whether it was eating popsicles, catching fireflies or having a picnic, none of these are big moments, but sometimes it's the little things that we remember the most.
And those things that we didn't do this summer...well, we always have next summer to meet the Queen of England and to buy a horse. You never know.