Our 2013 Summer Bucket List

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[I am happy to be participating in The Happy Family Movement's 2013 Summer Bucket List Challenge.  Check out the blog here, which is chock full of summer bucket list inspiration this month.  And now, without further delay, our summer bucket list!]

Last summer was plenty of fun. Our little fella—the Kid—was one, and he was toddling around well enough to play in the fountain at our city park and enjoy a good ice cream cone. We discovered the joy of summer band concerts and the pool, and he was even a little bit interested in fireworks on the 4th of July.

Nonetheless, now that the Kid's a year older, I think this upcoming summer is going to be even better. Like, so fun that my Sweet Husband and I can't stop talking about it. One of us will say, “We need to remember to do such-and-such with the Kid this summer....” And then, both lighting up, we'll chime off together, “Ahhhh! This summer is going to be so much fun!”

Watching the last, late-spring snow melt, we've hardly been able to wait. Vacations and visits to the snow cone shack we grew up spending our allowances at....camping trips and charity runs and new adventures to try together....at the beginning of the season the summer seems so limitless.

But, even though we're already making plans, with jobs and other responsibilities these beautiful days have a way of flying by. In the press of life, it's so easy to forget those good intentions, and before you know it it's Labor Day and another summer has slipped away.

To prevent that, I give you the 2013 Carver-Allmond Summer Bucket List! It's a mix of simple, 'round-town and great-big-adventure...and—Ahhhh!—it's going to be so much fun!

  1. Spread out our blanket and clap along to the tunes at as many Wednesday night summer band concerts in the park as we can.
  2. Dip our toes in the Pacific Ocean and collect a piece of jade from “Jade Cove” in Big Sur.
  3. Introduce the Kid to Tropical Sno.
  4. Take a swim in Grandpa's pool.
  5. Finally borrow our friends' canoe and see if we can paddle as a family.
  6. Make homemade ice cream using Grandma-Great's recipe.
  7. Go camping with Manga and Panga at Roaring River.
  8. Run the “Red Dog 10K” again as a family, with the Kid riding along in his stroller as our coach.
  9. Make an entire meal from food grown in our own backyard.
  10. Visit the Kansas City Aquarium.

We're beginning the fun next weekend, and I hope to update as we go along.