Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Summer List


Every summer we make a Summer Bucket List of all the things we want to do during this much too short of a season. Sometimes it is just a mental list we make in our heads, and then sometimes it is an actual written list.

This year it is a physical list.


The list always includes yearly favorites that have become a tradition like a KFC picnic lunch at the beach. Mallory and I use to always do this the last day of school. We can't do this on the last day of school anymore since the last day is in the beginning of May and it is in Upper Peninsula. Generally it is a little chilly for a picnic lunch on the shores of Lake Superior in the beginning of May.

A new favorite of mine that developed a couple of years ago is my mother's day present called the "One More Thing Day". It got that name because it was an additional note added to my presents one year with a description of a whole day planned out and paid for by Mallory.

We have added a few new adventures this year, like a baking afternoon, and a visit to the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.

I know that not all of these things will get crossed off of our list. Summer is too short, and she will be leaving for Montana at the end of this month.

I also know that this will probably be the last summer of these adventures. Next year as she nears the end of her college life, she will need to focus on getting an internship somewhere and I know that won't be near to home. My heart breaks...yet it is filled with joy. She has a very bright future ahead of her.

So for now I am doing to treasure every one of these adventures with my girl, and take an outrageous number of photographs to document these wonderful moments in time.

16 comments:

  1. Such a good idea to make a list like this. It's amazing how time flies by and summers are so short. It's also a little bittersweet watching our babies go out on their own - but then that creates new adventures, too.

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  2. great idea...and I know how hard it is to let your child slip away from the "routines" of life and start her own. Enjoy taking action on that list!

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  3. I am nearing this point with my son. He just finished his 3rd year of college and only came home for a few weeks before moving out, quite likely for good. At least he is in the same town. My daughter just graduated from high school so that will be another one stretching her wings before too long. Your list is a wonderful idea that I think we'll give a try.

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  4. I love lists and plans!
    Wish you lots of fun and good time together!

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  5. Now you're going to make me cry! Enjoy this summer together!

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  6. Sounds like a great summer ahead, Sarah. Enjoy it for all it's worth. You and Mallory are blessed to enjoy spending time together.

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  7. It is so difficult to be brave sometimes, have lots of fun and savour the times....

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  8. I am looking forward to your sharing of these special times!

    xoxo

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  9. Oh, they will not stop growing, growing up and moving into their own lives. I feel your heart, Mama. xoxo

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  10. Tradition and making special time together is a wonderful joy -- I'm off to Florida next week with my younger son (he's 21). We don't make specific plans every year but we try and make sure to spend quality time together. The older one (25) is looking for work (he's a teacher) and may be heading to the UK to do that...we grab the moments where we can, don't we?

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  11. Love the list. We didn't do one last year but perhaps we will this year. Have a great time together. :)

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  12. That's fun! I will try it with my kids.

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  13. I see some very special times ahead!! I well remember the feeling of loss when my daughter moved out and began her life as an adult. It's not easy, but like they say, we wouldn't want it any other way. Looking forward to seeing your summer pictures.

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  14. Okay, I LOVE that you have a Summer to do list! And how special that you are sharing them with your daughter, I hope to be able to do the same when mine is in college. AND your turquoise and orange photos below are stunning! I'm thrilled that you'll be playing in the Summer of Color and can't wait to see what you come up with. Kristin xo

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  15. a bucket list is a great idea! beach sounds ideal too (not kfc though!)

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  16. Making that list is a wonderful idea. I bet you get more of you wish list accomplished because you actually made the list!

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