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Summer Bucket List Check-In #2 August 11, 2011

Filed under: Things To Do — Lizz @ 10:10 am


It’s time again to check in on our Summer Bucket List progress.  .

If you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about (what’s a summer bucket list?), you can read the original post *here*. This is basically a to-do list for the summer. The idea and link up is from a lovely blog called Little Wonder Days.




I think we’ve done a little better this time, so let’s take a look!!

(Items that are blue were checked off at our last SBL check-in.  Red items are newly checked off)


  1. Go swimming at the pool
  2. Go to the beach – I’m definitely a pool person, so I’m glad a birthday party helped us make this happen
  3. Celebrate Skylar’s birthday at the park
  4. Go camping
  5. Roast marshmallows and make S’mores
  6. Make a complete meal over a fire
  7. Catch and release fireflies
  8. Go horseback riding
  9. Ride in a paddle boat
  10. Go miniature golfing – Fun Day at Kid Quest!
  11. Teach Skylar how to play baseball
  12. Teach Skylar earn how to ride a bike
  13. Go to a play – Skylar and I got all dolled up an saw Aladdin.  Theater in the round was so cool!
  14. Visit the Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, Planetarium, and Aquarium
  15. Ride the train
  16. Visit the Children’s Museum
  17. Visit the Zoo
  18. Take a bike ride to the botanical gardens
  19. Go on a scavenger hunt
  20. Play flashlight tag
  21. Visit a farmers market
  22. Make homemade ice cream sandwiches
  23. Make frozen bananas
  24. Make Popsicles
  25. Go to a “you pick” farm
  26. Go to a waterpark – Skylar’s camp has taken her to waterparks more times than I can count!!
  27. Have a water balloon fight – Again, a camp-related check-off
  28. Go to an outdoor concert – We saw Ralph’s World at Ravinia.  So fun!
  29. Make bubbles and a bubble wand
  30. Go to a parade – 4th of July Parade!
  31. See fireworks – In our car while driving home, but I say it still counts
  32. Visit a fair – Ribfest was amazing!  Read all about it *Here*
  33. Go bowling
  34. Go to an amusement park
  35. Have a family game night
  36. Take a walk
  37. Go to the drive-in
  38. Go to a baseball game – Skylar got to go to a White Sox game with camp.  I’ll count it even thought it wasn’t a Cubs game =)
  39. Read books outside
  40. Roller Skate – Skylar’s loving roller skating now.  I’m going to have to dig out my roller blades
  41. Have a no-tv day
  42. Organize the house/spring cleaning
  43. Have a wii night
  44. Plant something and keep it alive – Skylar and Grandma planted a tomato plant, and we just got to eat the tomatoes.  Tasty!
  45. Finally use our butterfly kit
  46. Try at least 10 new recipes – I’d say we’ve got this one covered.  It’s been nothing but new recipes around here lately
  47. Introduce a few new foods
  48. Learn to jump rope – I got a video to prove how good she’s doing!
  49. Visit both ice cream shops near us often
  50. Make lemonade like I saw on Diners Drive-ins & Dives (by grinding whole lemons!) (See below for a video of this)
  51. Donate Skylar’s hair to locks of love – You can read about this adventure *here*


Hmm…Looks like we’ve still got some work to do on this list!


Did you make a bucket list? Feel free to share it in the comments area. Is there something special you did or want to do this summer? Tell us about it!


Have a great weekend everyone!




***Did you stick around for that Lemonade explaination??***

For those of you that are not familiar with the gloriousness that is Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (Triple D), allow me to explain. It’s a show on the Food Network, with Guy Fieri. He travels around the country finding little hole-in-the-wall places with amazing food. This show makes me drool every time!


The specific episode I was talking about is one where Guy goes to the Gold ‘N Silver Inn in Reno Nevada. They make a dish there called Baked Lemonade Porkchops. (For that amazing recipe, Click Here) I was most intrigued with the way they made their lemonade. They ground up whole lemons, and then strained out the pulp. I want to try this so bad!! I found a video of all of this, so if you are drooling like I am right now, check it out…





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