Today alone, I saw approximately 75,000 variants of the Summer Bucket List. Some of them are fun, most of them are cute but pretty much all of them make me think “OMG I’m going to do maybe 2 of these things with my kids this Summer”.
Like okay, we *might* go blueberry picking at some point, but only because we have a place right down the road.
We’re definitely not going to frolic in a field of flowers or write letters to distant cousins. You won’t catch me blowing up water balloons with the kids (not even with one of these cool doohickeys) because water balloon fights end with my daughter crying 100% of the time.
We’re definitely not going to be camping this Summer, because in case no one noticed camping kinda sucks and also it’s 1,000 degrees outside in Texas during the Summer and we have mosquitos the size of hummingbirds.
We will definitely go to the beach (yay! I can mark that one off the cute list!) but there is a 0% chance that our sand castle will be Instagram-worthy. We’re super great at making little blobby sand-mounds though, if you want to check those out be sure to follow us on Insta.
Listen mamas, if Summer bucket lists are your thing, I say, GO FOR IT! Make your list and check off every single box before the last day of Summer, no shame!
But for those of us who look at those lists and feel pressure and worry about how the Summer we can give our kids is going to measure up to the Summer everyone else seems to be giving their kids… for those moms I submit THIS Summer bucket list.
The Summer bucket list for the rest of us.
Mamas, work through this bucket list with no shame.
And most importantly, remember…
The important parts of Summer aren’t the parts that make it to social media.
Sometimes the best times with your kids aren’t on the outings you planned for weeks to coordinate, but instead the quiet moments sitting on the edge of the bed answering one last question or chatting for 5 more minutes before they drift off to sleep.
The best moments going to be the ones where you catch your kid grinning at you from across the room, or you all start laughing at the dumbest joke.
The best parts of Summer?
Those are the parts that you spend together, even when you’re going crazy and have a running tally in the back of your mind as you count the days until school starts again.
Remember, you are a good mom, and this is going to be a GREAT Summer, no matter how you spend it.
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