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July Bucket List Update (Also, I’m not deleting your comments!)

Every year, I publish a list of the things I want to do before summer “kicks the bucket”. My list is a mix of practical and fun things because I want my summer to be a mix of those two.


Register Lisey and Sonia for fall classes.

Sonia is all set! I got her signed up, I bought her books, and she had her pre-registration interview.


Declutter my house.

Always on my list each year!

decluttered linen closet

Get out to a park with friends every other week.

Our most frequent park-going friends moved halfway across the country, so this is going to be a little bit more of a challenge. Which is why it’s going on the bucket list.

Install the bike rack on my van and take Sonia and Zoe biking.

I have the rack! I have the trailer hitch on my van! I just need to install the darn thing and get out there.

Obviously, we could just bike somewhere from our driveway, but the bike rack will allow us to get our bikes over to the biking trail or out to parks that have bike trails.

Paint my bedroom.

I’m typing this one hesitantly. But I think I want to do it.

Our bedroom is currently a dark red, which was very popular 12 years ago when I initially painted it.

tallboy dresser painted black

But it feels too dark to me now, and a little bit outdated as well.

I know maroon is going to be a terrible bear to paint over, so summer seems like a good time to tackle that.

I think I want to go with something neutral, like a light greige.

Paint the soffit in front of the house.

I did the back soffit last summer, but the front soffit also really needs a fresh coat.

The old paint is peeling, so this involves sanding, then priming, then painting two coats.

Have a picnic once a month.

Mr. FG and I ate our dinner out on the deck one lovely night.

Go camping on a clear night.

Sonia saved up and bought a pretty fancy telescope, but we have so many trees here, it’s hard to see much of the sky.

So, we need to take a camping trip somewhere with a nice empty field.

Make new chore lists.

Zoe keeps asking me when I’m going to do this, because she’s eager to hand off the “unload the dishwasher” chore to someone else. 😉

kids chores

Make a photo book.

After spectacularly failing at this goal last summer, I’m doing great this year!

Laura Vanderkam suggests spending 10 minutes a day on something you want to spend time doing…that way it’s manageable.   So, I’ve applied that to my photo books, and telling myself, “Just spend ten minutes on it.” makes me sit down and do a little most days.

I got one book finished and am about halfway through a book that will span January 2018-June 2018.

However, I made no photos books for 2015 or 2017 (I got 2016 covered), so it’s not like I’m caught up.   I usually make one book for six months’ worth of photos, so even after this current book, I’d have to do four more to get all caught up.

Could it happen in ten minutes a day?   I dunno.

Read on the hammock every possible day.

We had a lot of too-hot days in June, but I did get out there several times. And we just had a beautiful weekend that was perfect for hammock reading.

one of these things is more excited about a selfie than the other


an accurate representation of how Mr. FG   feels about selfies

Make my deck more habitable.

Our deck is nothing amazing, but we’d spend more time on it if it was more user-friendly. It needs some lounging/reading-friendly furniture!

deck stain behr taupe

(photo from when I initially painted the deck)

I want to:

-paint the board my dad replaced last year (it’s dry enough now for painting)
-clean the deck floorboards
-buy some seating
-buy an umbrella (the sun sets over there, so it gets very bright in the afternoon/evening)
-install the twinkle lights I already bought

This is a project that meshes my be productive/do something fun goals. Because if I produce a more welcoming deck, that will encourage us to have fun out there.

Do something random and fun each week.

Joshua and Lisey and I went out for donuts at 10pm one night in June.

And Sonia and Zoe and I went out for spontaneous frosties one night.


If I finish this list before summer ends, I can always add more things. But based on past experience, that’s unlikely to happen! My initial list always ends up being ambitious enough. 😉

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Thursday 19th of July 2018

Hi, What do you do during your 10 minute segments of time for making photo books? Can you give us a sense of what is involved in the project?


Thursday 19th of July 2018

Sure! So, in ten minutes I can usually do something like sort through photos from a week or two of life, export them, upload them to AdoramaPix, and drop them into a layout.


Friday 13th of July 2018

All of these are great bucket list items. So I have a recommendation for camping and the night sky. Grayson Highlands State Park in Grayson, Virginia is beautiful, with amazing hikes, a nice campground, and a wide field for stargazing- the stars feel so close there! I have no idea where you live, but I am in SC and it's about a 4 hr drive from here to there, but we make it almost every summer because it's awesome!


Thursday 12th of July 2018

My kids are older, so the bucket list is important to make sure we connect with them and have fun doing it. We've been fishing, hiking and mountain-biking a lot. To change things up, we made a reservation to go stand-up paddle boarding this weekend. Also, we will take advantage of free admission days at museums to do things inside. With reservations, you must make yourself go. For other activities, I put ideas on the calendar, but we have to flexible with work schedules and social events.

Johnson AnnMarie

Thursday 12th of July 2018

Maybe Sonia could make new chore lists?


Thursday 12th of July 2018

Haha, I don't know that I'd trust her with that. I feel like the chores might be unevenly divvied up that way. It would be hard not to be self-serving if you're making your own chore lists!


Thursday 12th of July 2018

I think you do very well with your bucket lists. Getting things done is harder than it sounds.

I don't recall what was on my list but I have managed only the following: 1) half way through the day camps for the younger boys (2 weeks STEM camp with school friends and 1 week of gymnastics) and 1 day camp (career exploration and skills) and one overnight wilderness camp for the teen. They each have one week left right before school starts. It is the most camp we have ever done because I am working part-time. I can't decide if I like so much organized summer or not. 2) We leave for the annual friend reunion on Friday. It is a week of fun and imperative every summer. 3) We replaced our pressure tank, which ate much of the disposable income for all other bucket list ideas. Womp womp.


Thursday 12th of July 2018

Expenditures like that are so unrewarding, aren't they?? Like replacing tires.

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