Summer Bucket List for children

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Mary Beth promised me she would send some posts about travelling with children for this month and so here is her  first installment.


Each Spring the children ached to get outside after the snowy winter. Unfortunately, our spring  weekends were rain-filled EVERY weekend! To keep their spirits up and get them motivated for summer I purchased 5 large mason jars and 1large wooden bucket at our local garden shop. Hey, we’re talking “Bucket List” right?

Anyway, one Friday night I had all the kids assemble at our large kitchen island. I then gave each of them a jar, some paper, pencils and scissors. Their instructions were to write out a summer wish list (even if impractical), cut the paper into strips and put them in the jar. I made labels for each of the jars with some different colored cardstock and die-cuts. My husband was in charge of painting the bucket.

The children came up with some great ideas and kept adding them to their jars over the next week. On June 14th, (the last day of the school year) we emptied the jars into the bucket. After a delicious cookout on the deck, we took turns taking 5 ideas out of the bucket. We voted on which ideas we would do and as you can imagine we had a delightful and interesting summer!

Here are some of the things we did on our summer vacation:

  • Went to a local farm
  • Saw a drive-in movie complete with popcorn and soda
  • Went to the county fair and enjoyed the rides (yes, all of us!)
  • Participated in the summer Reading Program
  • Planted a garden
  • Went berry picking
  • Had a fun trolley ride
  • Made paper boats (in case we had a rainy day) and had a race in the bathtub
  • Made Sun prints
  • Decorated white tennis shoes with fabric paint
  • Made kites which we took to a local beach
  • Made lemonade
  • Learned how to make home-made ice cream
  • Teamed up with some of the neighbors and had a water fight with sponges

That’s all folks – have a wonderful summer!

Mary Beth

Stuff I never thought of!

Dear Fellow Journalers,

When compiling a list of what to do this summer, I came across this list!  You will definitely find something here to do.


Summer Bucket List and Reading List

Dear Fellow Journalers,

It’s May in New England! Finally “Mother Nature” has un-clenched her tight rein on winter weather and released warmer temperatures, beautiful flowers and longer hours of Sun. In my “neck of the woods” our furnace was still on a few days ago.

With all this talk of warmer days, I started thinking about a Summer Bucket List.  What did I want to do? Did I want to travel ? So, I dug out my Bucket List Journal and decided to add some things to do in the coming summer months. I’ll be sharing some of these with you over the coming months and of course, if YOU want to add some of your own ideas please let me know.

One thing I intend to do also is to read more books. I found a fan fiction site a few weeks ago ( something I never knew existed) and have become addicted. I really need to get back to my favorite  novels. My picks for summer reading will be included in future posts. So, sit back, grab a cold beverage and dream!



“Rules” on setting up Bucket List Journal

Dear Fellow Journalers,

This journal is pretty easy to set up. I would write out your dreams/goals on the first page and perhaps a “date of completion” – say by the time I’m _  I will learn German. The cover can be anything you want as along as it reflects your bucket list. One clever person I know, drew a large bucket and had her dreams/goals spilling out of it encased in bubbles.

Anyway, I would suggest that you make several copies of your list. Post one in your home office, one at work, one on your refrigerator. These spots are the ones you look at every day and seeing your list will remind you of your personal goals.

Another suggestion is to share your list with others. Yeah, it worked in the movie! Seriously, sometimes having someone else know where you are headed helps if you become discouraged if the timetable is not working.

Finally, cross out items as you do them. Use a different color pen. And don’t be afraid to add new items – doing one thing can inspire you to do another.


Do and do not

Dear Fellow Journalers,,

Bucket Lists don’t always have to be about grandiose things/places you want to do/go. They can be simple things like be-friend a stranger, “pay-it-forward” (whatever “it” is for you). You could experience a sunset or sunrise. They are the most beautiful things we get to see and they’re free! Have you ever watched a Solar Eclipse?  or gone star-gazing? How about publishing a book or volunteering to teach a lecture?

Why not start a list of 25 things you’ve never done and wished you had? Did you finish your education or did you stop to pursue other venues or military service? Ever wish you could play the piano? or take a dance class? You could be the next great dancer in your own version of “Dancing with the stars”.

There’s an ad on tv these days of a couple with a map on the wall and one dart. The girl throws the dart and the couple is off on an unplanned vacation to Paris, Texas. Ever wanted to act in a play? Knit a scarf? Live through all 4 seasons? Volunteer at a Hospice? Fly a kite? Conquer your biggest fear?

How about sharing your bucket list with a trusted friend or relative? In the movie “The Bucket List”, Edward Cole (played by Jack Nicholson) and the man in the next bed (Carter Chambers) (played by Morgan Freeman) share Carter’s bucket list and set out on an adventure of a lifetime.

Other bucket list ideas include going on a retreat (if you choose to do this one, contact me – I know a great place!), start a movement for a cause you believe in, get closure on an unhappy event, fly first class, fly in a helicopter (scary, at least for me) meet an author, visit a castle or learn sign language.

Next week – taking  action.

Working on my list,


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