Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summer Bucket List (aka Ella & Mommy's Summer of Fun)


About a month ago I saw the 'summer bucket list' blog posts crop up in various blogs I follow.  At first I dismissed it, thinking that it didn't apply to Ella and me given her age and her developmental delays.  BUT... the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it is PERFECT for us!!  I signed right up and started making a list.  



We have our own 'rules'... (if there are official rules I've not taken the time to figure out/read them... we've made this our own)

1.  "Summer" is a relative term. Our list really encompasses our freedom from RSV isolation season.  
Ella spent her first YEAR isolated from the world.  There is a good chance (doctor consults pending) that she will have to have some level of RSV isolation next season as well.  Summer is not simply June - July - August....  it is April through October...  from doors open to doors closed for our lives.

2.  Activities on the Bucket List Can NOT be therapy related
Ella already gets 5 - 6 hours of therapy a week, plus homework daily.  No therapy goals or events are to be a part of our Summer of Fun activities.  

3.  It is okay if we don't do EVERYTHING on the list. 
In particular, as much as I want to take a trip to Florida I just don't know if that one is feasible.  I WANT for us to get down there to visit family and friends (September/October-ish, not July/August - I'm not crazy!).  Riding a horse is dependent on our trip to Florida, my niece is an accomplished rider and has access to a very gentile pony.

4.  We can Add to the List as we desire.  Any suggestions?


Our 2013 Summer Bucket List
  • Go to Discovery Place Kids
  • Go to a Splash/Fountain Park (done)
  • Take a trip to the Mountains (done)
  • Go to the zoo (done)
  • Go out for Brunch
  • Play in the Baby Pool at Home (started, needs some work)
  • Have new Professional Photos made
  • Swim in an Outdoor Pool
  • Go to the Nature Museum
  • Take a trip to the beach/Florida
  • Take swim lessons (in process)
  • Have a Picnic at the park
  • Build a Fort
  • Go on a Hay Ride
  • Ride a Horse
  • Host Supper Club
  • Have Play Dates with...
    • SMC Families (done)
    • MicroPreemies
    • Others





9 comments:

  1. Host Supper Club! Awww... Guess the trip to the mountains didn't mean Boone! How about a girls weekend in the mountains. (lots of girls)

    Have you tried a library story time yet? Might be a nice activity for a hot July or August day!

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  2. Finger paint! We have quite enjoyed this activity. If you are concerned about the paint making it's way into Ella's mouth (which occasionally happens at our house) there are a lot of things that can be used instead of paint (pudding, jello, etc.). It gets so messy that we have moved this activity outside.

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  3. So cool :-). I hope that y'all have a wonderful "summer."

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  4. Sounds like a great list!! Enjoy yourselves!

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  5. Love the list! Sounds like the makings of a wonderful summer!

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  6. Love the idea of a summer fun list. Seems like the summer flies by way too fast--work is really busy for me each June and July and I always just want to get to August and then I realize the summer is basically over. I'm inspired to make a Summer Bucket list too!

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  7. You're going to have a great summer doing all of these things. Let us know how it's going as you do each item!

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  8. I love this idea! What a blast - hope you guys are able to make it to Florida too!

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