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July Summer Bucket List Update

Every summer I make a list of fun things and productive things I want to do before summer “kicks the bucket”. I post updates every few weeks to let you guys know how I’m doing (and to hold me accountable!)

Zoe swimming pool

Ok, one month of summer is gone already. 

I didn’t make huge progress on my list, but in my defense, we were out of town at the beach for a week in June.  So I didn’t exactly have a whole month to work with.

I should have more things to cross off next report!

Productive Goals

1. Paint Sonia and Zoe’s beds white.

Done! It was a big job, but it’s finished and the beds are put back together in the girls’ rooms.

Sonia's white bed

2. Paint Zoe’s room.

Not yet. But that bed is now white, so her room has improved a bit already.

Zoe's bedroom walls

Zoe's bed white

We did get some paint chips, though, so we are on our way to picking a light gray wall color that she likes.

3. Paint Sonia’s dresser and (maybe) the bookshelf.

I got this dresser all painted white, and I’ll show you the before and afters tomorrow. 😉

Goodwill dresser

And I think we are just going to leave the craigslist Pottery Barn bookshelf as-is.  It’s not EXACTLY the same color as the other furniture, but it’s close enough.

Sonia's white bed

4. Paint my bedroom.

Not yet! Might I be putting this off by picking easier painting projects first?


tallboy dresser painted black

5. Paint the replaced board on the deck.

I got this one knocked out! Unfortunately, once I painted the new board, all the old ones looked terrible.

deck board

So I went ahead and did a clean coat on the whole deck floor.

painted deck

Luckily, I had just enough left in the bucket to cover the whole floor, so this project cost exactly $0 in supplies.

painted deck

6. Sand and paint under the bumpout in front of our house.

Not yet; hopefully I will get some good weather for this soon.

7. Do a top-to-bottom declutter of my house.

I’ve started on this.

8. Make three photo books.

Nothing done here yet.

Non-Productive (Fun!) Items

I did so much painting the last few weeks, the fun items have taken a bit of a back seat. I better get on it.

1. Make a random donut run.

2. Go see a movie in the theater.

We plan to do this today.

3. Go visit our friends in Ohio.

4. Swim at least once a week.

(this is ongoing, obviously!)

5. Eat a meal at a park.


6. Eat a meal at the pool.

This might happen today.

7. Go camping so Sonia can star-gaze.

8. Buy slushies.

9. Bike to the snow cone shop.

10. Roast marshmallows.

11. Go night swimming.

12. Go mini-golfing.

13. Host lots of sleepovers.

(this one is ongoing, but we are off to a good start!)


How’s your summer bucket list coming along?


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Wednesday 10th of July 2019

My bucket list only had two items:

1) Finish a chapter of my dissertation in May, June, and July. 2) Keep up with life.

I am very happy with my progress. I finished chapters 1 and 2 in May and June and have already gotten my advisor's okay on those two. I have been catching up on other things so far in July, but I should dive deep into that third chapter in the coming days.

Keeping up with life is happening too. This is more than the four little words imply as my husband and I run a business, and we have four kids, ages 8, 5, 3, and 3 months. We've even had some fun this summer too, and will continue to do so. Our vacation is happening in August, which is why I don't have a chapter scheduled that month.

Nice job on the furniture. If I saw that dresser listed for $500 at Restoration Hardware I would think it was a fair price for a solid wood dresser.


Tuesday 9th of July 2019

I am tired just thinking about you trying to cover that bright bedroom paint. My girls have a deep watermelon wallcolor in the bathroom they share upstairs. I really want it painted but it's just so daunting. At least bedrooms tend to have bigger, easier to paint, expanses of wall surface with less fiddly little curves and crevices than a bathroom.


Wednesday 10th of July 2019

That is true. I painted my kitchen walls a few years back and oh my word, what a pain that was! There's so so little wall space, so you have to tape and cut in almost every bit of it!


Tuesday 9th of July 2019

Timely post, as my daughter just said to me this afternoon "I feel like summer is almost gone, and I haven't done anything." Are you kidding me?!! We've done a ton of stuff, but it doesn't seem to stick with this particular child! We took a weekend trip with close friends, which included pool time and lots of fun at a great tourist attraction; she's had camp, and summer school, and pool time, and time with friends, and using her new sewing machine, and working with a local artist, and she's teaching a younger child art this week, and her other volunteer job which she loves, and a sleepunder next week, and a trip to the beach coming up, and a recent day trip to a museum and our state capitol which she enjoyed, and plays and concerts and movies. Oh, and a surprise ice cream Blizzard today. I'm exhausted just listing this, and that's just for *one* of my kids! I try not to overschedule during the school year, but I clearly overschedule the fun during the summer!


Tuesday 9th of July 2019

Hmm. Maybe she needs a summer bucket list just of all the things she's done already. ;) It could help those things stick in her brain a little better!

Millicent Borges Accardi

Tuesday 9th of July 2019

Hello- Maybe I'm a slacker, but I am always astonished about how much PAINTING you do. We've lived in our home for 16 years and have never painted a wall or furniture! I DO repaint the deck every few years but that's the extent of my decorating-- and it usually takes me the whole summer to do it since I do a little at a time. I cannot imagine/comprehend repainting a room like you do? I mean it looks really nice and all that.. . .maybe I don't have a "decorator" gene or enough vision? Our furniture is mostly antique wood so I wouldn't paint over that-- but the rooms and the decorating and the colors. It exhausts me thinking about it LOL I'm in awe of your vision and energy.


Tuesday 9th of July 2019

Can you believe school starts here August 12th? I had to put a new front yard in ugh and have spent a lot of time watering it. I have an irrigation system but it misses spots. I used to do all my painting but the ole’ knees can’t take it any more. No vacation this summer either boohoo .


Tuesday 9th of July 2019

It starts here August 5th here in the South. Where did summer go?!?

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