At the end of May my husband and I made a summer bucket list. Now that we are almost a full month into summer, I thought I’d check-in and see how I was progressing with the summer bucket list. I am keen to accomplish our list, which is why I have our summer bucket list on the fridge. I see it multiple times a day – even more now that my freezer is [more like “was”] filled with my grandmas famous cookies!
My Summer Bucket List
Below is my status update on our summer bucket list. Hopefully you can find some good ideas from the list and make some fun summer memories with your family.
Go to Local Lakes
Living in beautiful BC we have no shortage of lakes within an hour or two of our house. We haven’t made a trip to the lake yet, but this year we want to try out Whonnock Lake, Alouette, or Rolley. I’ve picked these three lakes because I’ve never been to them in summer. Each lake has its perks – Whonnock has a playground and canoe rentals. Alouette is a hidden gem, which I knew nothing about until I saw the breathtaking photos by Cradled Creations photography – after seeing those pics it will get added to your list as well! Lastly, Rolley is a lake I used to run cross country at in the fall and it has a beautiful loop around the lake for exploring.
We know our toddler won’t be up for hours of swimming or wading so we’ve got shovels, buckets, and beach balls ready for when we make our post-nap trip to the lake.
Hubby out for Bike Rides (for Fitness)
Since I have my running routine in place we put this on the bucket list to make it a priority. Summer is best for biking and my husband has a speedy road bike that is collecting dust in the garage. As much as he wants to get out and ride, our weekends are pretty full with family time and this isn’t meant to be a ride in the park. It’s for him to get exercise and cover 30 plus kilometres.
Mommy (me) Do the Grouse Grind
My husband and I began dating in the fall after we spent the summer leading up to it doing the Grouse Grind once a week. Once we started dating we stopped hiking to the tops of mountains on a weekly basis. I love the sense of accomplishment I have after finishing the Grouse Grind. The view at the top ain’t too shabby. Since the trail is fairly rugged its not safe to carry the munchkin in the carrier on our back. My husband and munchkin can have a morning together and I’ll go do the Grind. Still need to pick a date and go! Interested in joining?
Go to the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE)
The PNE is comparable to a state fair. We’ve taken our munchkin every year since she was born. They have livestock barns where you can see horses, chickens, goats, and agility bunnies. We take in a show (e.g., horse show or super dogs), eat some fair food (e.g., mini donuts), and see the sights. One of our close friends has always joined us and I think we all look forward to saying goodbye to summer at the PNE.
Go Kayaking or Canoeing
Before I had my daughter, my husband and I would take our moms kayaking once a year. Now that our munchkin is two, I think she’d enjoy a canoe ride. Ocean kayaking with a toddler seems crazy, but canoeing seems like a fun outing. However, my munchkin has no fear of water. This means I’m nearly positive that she’ll jump out of the canoe, but with life-jackets on all of us that should be ok.
Host a Canada Day BBQ
Finally something I’ve accomplished on my bucket list!! We had neighbours and friends over for a simple BBQ. I think hosting a Canada Day BBQ may become a family tradition.
Backyard Pool Fun
I found a great inflatable pool and we’ve been enjoying it for weeks now. Another item to cross off my summer bucket list. If you’re looking for more information, I recently blogged about maximizing backyard fun – more than just a dip in the kiddie pool.
Family Bike Rides
We are keeping up our family bike rides that I spoke about in an earlier blog post. As long as the munchkin has a snack, she is happy.
Go for Ice Cream
Last summer I have no recollection of paying a visit to an ice cream parlour for a cone. I’m a huge ice cream fan and while my freezer is fully stocked, I still enjoy a trip to the ice cream parlour. Ice cream and a leisurely stroll go together like stained glass and churches! My in-laws live in South Surrey so you might see us in White Rock, enjoying a double scoop cone.
Cook a Low Country Boil
I found out about the low country boil a few years back in a food magazine. My husband’s birthday is coming up next week so I should give it a try. While I haven’t made one yet, I know that my low country boil will feature red potatoes, corn on the cob, crab, shrimp, sausage (i.e., kielbasa), and Parallel 49 beer!
My grandma and I are a jamming duo when summer raspberries are ripe. The munchkin enjoys homemade (no sugar added) raspberry freezer jam on whole grain toast every weekday for breakfast so we go through a lot of jam. I prefer to can my jam and stock my pantry with it. I only saw local raspberries for sale last week so in another couple weeks I’ll start jamming!
I’m going to make a jam gift for the munchkin’s daycare instructors. I’ll write out “thanks for being so sweet” and share a jar of jam as thank you for taking care of the munchkin. I’ll share more on this in a future post.
This is one of the last things we’ll do in summer as the apples aren’t ripe yet. Last August we went picking at the orchard the first weekend it opened and I got to enjoy some new varieties, such as gravenstein apples!
Camp in the Backyard
This was on the list because my nieces were here a few weeks back. Unfortunately it rained most of their time here so no camping. I’ll put this back on the summer bucket list when the munchkin is older.
What’s on your summer bucket list? Leave a comment in the comments section below.