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The penultimate bucket list update

Every summer I like to make a list of things I want to do before summer “kicks the bucket” so to speak.

(This is not a real bucket list, which is a list of things you want to do before YOU kick the bucket.)

summer bucket list


We’ve got about three weeks left before we start school, so this will be my second-to-last bucket list update.   Hopefully I can finish getting this stuff knocked out before my  final report!

1. Declutter my house from top to bottom.

I spent almost a whole Saturday working on the office since my last update, and I got rid of tons of stuff.   So, yay me!

Still need to do Sonia and Zoe’s room and the under-the-stairs closet.

2. Paint Joshua’s room and new loft bed.

The bed is painted!   And we have two paint samples to try out on the wall before we buy a large bucket of paint.

bed rails painted black

3. Play in the water twice a week.


Yep….I think we’re averaging slightly more than twice a week, actually.

playing in the river

4. Say yes to sleepovers.

Check.   Plenty of sleepovers and plenty of playing with friends.

5. Go biking at least once a week.

My mom took the girls biking! My own bike was out of commission for a little bit…one of my tires needed a new rim liner, but it’s all fixed up now.

6. Visit the library every other week.



7. Redo chore lists.

Not yet.

8. Plan school for next year and buy curriculum.

Yes! I bought almost everything…just a couple of books left to buy, and I accidentally ordered the wrong CD for one book, so I need to exchange that.

9. Write to my grandpa once a month.

Still need to send him an August letter.   🙂

10. Eat outside once a week.

We’ve visited the park a few times recently, and have eaten lunch outside.   So, check?

picnic lunch

11. Go fruit picking.

Yep! This happened.

pick your own strawberries


How about you? Have you spent your summer days the way you wanted to?

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A Frugal Family's Journeyc

Tuesday 12th of August 2014

Great list and fantastic way to stay productive during the summer! I also love making a "to do list" or a list of goals. Having them definitely increases your chance of success. But I've found that writing it down is only part of it, making sure to follow up is just as important.

Wishing you continued success in accomplishing most or all of your list! AFFJ


Monday 11th of August 2014

is that a river that runs near your house? how fabulous!! I love rivers, and lakes. the one thing missing from my life just now


Tuesday 12th of August 2014

I wish!! But it's a park.

Surviving and Thriving on Pennies

Monday 11th of August 2014

Yep we have been doing a ton of things this year. From a french ditch around our property, fixing things around our home to redoing our kitchen completely. Done done and done! I have been trying to grow way more this year and its been successful! Each time something stops producing I pull it and replant more. Just yesterday I finished pulling and planted my Winter garden. Its a first for me so yeah!

We have also been spending more time outdoors. No vacation this year because were paying off my new kitchen. We love traveling and finding local creeks to play in. In general we are just spending more time with each other.

We too have been hitting up the local library. Why buy books when you can borrow for free? Such a money saver. It also is something we look forward to each year.

As for decluttering? I'm always doing this. Simplicity is the best for me and this is something I don't need to work at. My brain is cluttered when we have clutter.

Great post!

Montana Maia

Monday 11th of August 2014

What curriculum are you using? I have a 4 year old that is going into pre-kindergarten (on an iep). I'm very unhappy with the school on many levels. I have two other little ones, but I could homeschool. I did with an older child.


Monday 11th of August 2014

Here's what I use for kindergarten:


Monday 11th of August 2014

For the most part I have. I'm a teacher so I'm off work for the summer, but I put myself on a schedule and try to stick to it, but sometimes I'm not successful. Mornings consist of long walks with my dog, followed by a leisurely breakfast and reading, then lesson planning or other things for school. Afternoons are project time (I have a list of summer projects that included backing up photos, some crafty things, some organizing, etc.), workout time and I also made up a housekeeping schedule so I try to spend at least a half hour on that daily. For example today is Monday which means it's kitchen day. After dinner I get to relax and crochet. Fridays are different though - that's the best day! Farmers market and cooking/baking! So far it has been a nice mix of productivity and relaxation. My love and I are going on vacation next week, so much of my summer bucket list will be knocked off while we are in Maine enjoying lobster and Acadia national park and listening to the loons while strolling along the lake in the evenings. :)


Monday 11th of August 2014

That sounds perfectly lovely!

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