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Monday, June 7, 2010

Summer Bucket List.

Now that summer is here, I have been mulling over all the things I want to make sure we're able to do before the kids go back to school and the weather turns cold again.

I've been mentioning aloud several things we want to do this year and with that T made his own list. It left both J and I in a fit of giggles.

His list includes:
Pulling an all nighter (not going to happen, this kid needs sleep!)
Having two sleepovers in a row (could happen)
Drinking a case of Mountain Dew in a weekend (considering we don't have Mountain Dew in our house this isn't likely over here)
Biking to DQ (and we have a winner!)

Oh to be an 11 year old boy!

In addition to all those days we love to spend at the pool or running through our sprinklers and weekends at the cabin, these are a few of the things I just can't miss out on this summer:

  • Drive In Movie. A couple summers ago we took the kids to a drive in movie and we've been wanting to do it again since. Hopefully we can find a night this summer to do it again.

  • Farmers Market. We love the Minneapolis Farmers Market and the littles and I have already had a chance to go once this year but I am hoping there are lots more visits this summer. Such a great place to pick up fresh produce, some flowers and even some cheese curds.

  • Strawberry/Blueberry Picking. We're already looking forward to our visit to the same berry farm we visited last year.

  • Campfires and smores. Need I say more?

  • Train for a 5K. This fall, we're planning on running the Lung Cancer 5K. That is, J, myself and the bigs. So we're doing some jogging/walking/bike riding (for H) a few mornings a week.

  • Spend time in Linden Hills. This is one of my favorite parts of Minneapolis with Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun within walking distance of each other. The streetcar/trolley rides. Sebastian Joe's ice cream and Wild Rumpus bookstore. {I'd really like to get tickets for the PJ Party in July or August.}

  • Camping. While J and I typically prefer camping of the hotel variety these days we have some plans in the works to take all four kids camping overnight for one night through the I Can Camp program.

  • Twins Game. T and M went to a game with their mom for Mother's Day but J, the littles and I have yet to see the new Target Field.

  • Drive In Restaurant. We visited this restaurant a couple weekends back and loved it so much we vowed that we would visit at least a dozen more times before the summer is through. If you are local, this is the perfect place to go for lunch on a nice summer day with kids.

  • Vacation. On our cross country road trip we have plans to see Chocolate World and our nations capitol. Soak of lots of family time in VA with my aunt/uncle. Visit Busch Gardens. Have a family picture taken at the ocean. And relax.

  • Of course we'd love to get to the zoo and the beach and find a few new parks, but we'd also love to spend some days at home where the pools are filled up all day and the sprinkler is going and the water balloons are ready and waiting. Bike rides and trips to the library can't be forgotten either.

So, what do you think of our list? What's on your summer bucket list? Or what do you think we need to add to ours?

I am also working on a list of free or inexpensive activities to do this summer in Minnesota so feel free to leave your suggestions on that in the comments as well.


Blogger Jen said...

Do you know about the museum passes you can get for free at libraries? That's a great way to try out some neat places.

June 7, 2010 at 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Unplanned Cooking said...

We spend most our afternoons in Linden Hills. Would love to do a playdate!

June 7, 2010 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Jon, Sara, Tyler, and Sophie said...

One thing on my summer list is to meet my friend (that'd be you) for coffee. :-) It's been much too long!

June 8, 2010 at 7:02 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

That is an awesome list! I must say I am a wee bit jealous!

Being that we don't have children yet, our summer bucket list is pretty boring and unfortunately involve work!

-Paint the front door of our house
-Finish pulling fence posts out of the backyard
-Take apart an old planting area and plant grass seed

But fun things too like - visit the new polar bears at the Como Zoo, golf, eat out at lots of outdoor patios, and continue working on our running!

June 8, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Minneapolis Farmers Market said...

We can't wait to see you.

June 8, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Anti-Supermom said...

Love free summer movie flicks, library storytime at Ridgedale library is great (they don't sit in rockers and read), plus they have awesome free shows, i.e puppet shows, magic shows... check online throughout the summer, the splash pad in St. Louis Park

- there are so many great, free things to do during the summer.

June 8, 2010 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Gloria said...

The berries are ready to pick at Bauer's Berry Farm. They are early this year. This week is still slower picking, but I'm guessing next week and the week after will be great! One of our favorite things to do in the summer time is go to the Lake Harriet bandshell, bring food & a blanket, listen to the music and watch people & their dogs (shhh...don't tell anyone, but a lot of owners and their dogs look alike). A visit or two or three or more to the Grand Ol' Creamery is a summertime must for us, also!

June 8, 2010 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Jenny and Kyle said...

I love this! I am totally making a list of my own today! AND your life as a mom looks so fun! I can't wait!

June 9, 2010 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Broken 4 Love said...

Alrite... I'm in love with your list. Haha! It's excellent that you can find things that both you and the kids will love to do.
I think I'm going to swipe some of your ideas for myself. (Like the drive-in theater)
I love the Lake Calhoun/Lake Harriet area myself... my friend Lisa and I always go there!
And BERRIES! I can't wait to pick berries... I love them!

Props for being such a young, spunky, adventurous, stylish mom :)

June 9, 2010 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I totally want to take a roadtrip to Delano now. Don't like Sonic much but this one sounds great.

I've been to many parades and Forrest Lake has the best I've ever seen. It's usually around the 4th of July and they have ol' timer planes ( B52 bombers and seaplanes) fly back and forth over the route. I think there even is a military flyover at the start that coincides with the veterans/cops/firefighters. I missed it last year, but fully intend to make it this year.
P.S. Where is the Northeast one start/end? I looked at the link and there is no map.

June 9, 2010 at 10:32 PM  
OpenID fritzfacts said...

I am with Jen, we do the museum passes all the time, works out great! I love your list!!

June 14, 2010 at 1:49 PM  

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