Three on Thursday :: Summer Bucket Lists

2013 06 19 02Tomorrow marks the first day of summer, but it feels like the season began a few weeks ago. The weather has been warm, the sun has been shining, the grass is green, flowers are blooming.

June is a crazy month for our family, full to the brim with softball, t-ball, soccer, and dance. I haven’t really had a chance to stop, catch my breath, revel in the lazy freedom that should characterize these days.

I don’t want to arrive at mid-August and feel like summer slipped through my fingers. I think it’s time to make a summer bucket list. I’ll be using the three below as a starting point:

1. The local list

Kristen Doyle of Dine & Dish put together a 2013 Summer of Fun Bucket List. Kristen lives in the Kansas City area. Since Kansas City is the closest city to where we live, her list has a local feel. I’ve been to Deanna Rose Farmstead, Overland Park Arboretum, and (just yesterday) Worlds of Fun so it was fun to see them on the list.

Don’t let the fact that I’m calling this list local scare you away, though. Most of Kristen’s list isn’t location-specific. Making popsicles, going on a scavenger hunt, and playing flashlight tag are definitely going on my list.

2. The À la Carte List

How absolutely lovely is this printable from Michelle Lea Designs? She provides a master list of activities, with space to write in which ones you’ll do each month of summer. I see so many things my kids will love: the water gun fight, catching lightning bugs, star gazing. A lot of these can be done right at home, with no extra supplies – or expenses – necessary.

3. The One-Month-At-A-Time List

A couple of days ago, I told you that I’m kind of in love with Elise Blaha’s blog. I really love the simplicity of her 30 Things I Want to Do In June list. I’m all about pretty and unique and visually-appealing, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. Sometimes I just need to get a list down on paper, to get the ideas out of my head and onto the page. Like she did here.

What’s on your summer bucket list?



  1. Thanks so much for sharing my Summer Bucket List with your readers. I’m in awe of the other two and appreciate the introduction!
    Love your space!

    • Shana Norris says:

      Your list made me miss living in KC. Luckily, we’re still close enough to visit every now and then. In fact, we’ll be coming down soon to see the Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera exhibit at the Nelson.

  2. We don’t quite live close enough to KC to take advantage of most of those KC-local things, but it’s still a good list! And it’s really fun to see such great photos of a town I’ve been in so many times. (I grew up about 1 1/2 hours from KC, now we live about 3 hrs away)

    • Shana Norris says:

      We’re currently about 1-1/2 hours northeast of KC. Are you near Springfield? My daughter will be going to university there in the fall. We’re looking forward to exploring the town.


  1. [...] Like I mentioned on Thursday, come mid-August, I want to look back on a summer that was filled with fun, relaxing, and togetherness instead of wondering where the time went and what exactly we did with it. [...]

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