Summer Bucket List | Sometimes Things Don't Go as Planned

So, we are getting to the end of summer and that means the end of our Summer Bucket List.  Every summer since Diego started kindergarten we've taken a 3-4 day trip to Southern California around the end of August.  It's become a tradition, so of course going to Calif was on our list.  As I'm planning the trip, I thought we could also mark off a few more items from the list.  We planned to make a few stops on the drive down and look for Geocaches.  We also planned to go to a children's museum and see the sunset on the beach.  But, sometimes things don't go as planned...

We planned to get an early start Friday morning, but that didn't happen.  We left way later and decided to do the geocaching either Saturday or Sunday on the drive back down because we wanted to make it to the museum.  We did make it to the Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasedena, CA.  The kids really had a great time playing with all the hands-on exhibits, getting wet in their creek, and climbing the indoor towers.

That night, Elysse's asthma flared up and she began coughing & wheezing a lot.  We managed to get it under control by mid-morning with her inhaler and other medication I took.  But she was definitely not back to normal.  The kids really wanted to go to the beach, especially since we were meeting some friends out there, so by early Saturday afternoon we did make it to Newport Beach. Unfortunately, Elysse was not feeling 100% and she didn't really enjoy herself too much.  Diego tried out his new boogie board but the water was cold, so he hardly played.  Needless to say, we did not make it to watch the sunset on the beach.  As a matter of fact, Elysse's asthma got worse, so we decided to pack it up and head back home that night so she could get on her nebulizer treatments asap.  We'll never be leaving home without that machine again!!  

What is normally a 4 hr drive turned into 6 hours due to major traffic from an earlier road closure.  It was pretty nightmarish.  We made it home around 3am and put her on her nebulizer.  She's much better now after her treatments, which is what matters most.  I am a little sad we didn't get to have the fun trip we planned for, but I guess this means we'll just have to be going back sooner than later ;)

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Summer Bucket List | Bike Wash & Star Gazing

We got 2 more things off our summer bucket list this weekend!  First up, was the kid's bike wash!  We'd seen this idea on Pinterest last year and Jason thought it would be a ton of fun for the kids, so we put it on our list this summer!  It really was a family project, as the kids went with Jason to the hardware store to buy the supplies and Diego even helped with putting it together.  The kids had a fun time riding their bikes through it and keeping cool :) 

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We also had Star Gazing at Red Rock Canyon on our list.  The Las Vegas Astronomical Society hosts Astronomy in the Park at Red Rock Canyon once a month.  It's a free event where members of the club invite us non-astronomers to peek into the night sky through their telescopes.  This is something we've been wanting to do since last year, but it just never worked out.  So, when we finally were able to go this Saturday we were all really excited.  We were able to see Saturn, Venus, few constellations, a nebula, a far off galaxy, and we were even shown how to find satellites flying across the sky.  Saturday was also the start of a meteor shower, so we saw some really awesome shooting stars! It really was a fun night to remember! 

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Summer Bucket List | Camping & Drive-In Movies

So, we've got 17 days until the first day of school (but who's counting!) and then another week until Labor Day which is the official end of our Summer Bucket List Challenge.  This summer has flown by!  I'm so glad we have this bucket list to keep us from wasting the whole summer away and getting us to have a fun time together as a family.  It's so easy to get carried away in  our everyday chores, errands, and chaos that we forget to make the time have fun.  Because, that's what it's about it's about making the time to be together and being intentional about it.  

So, we had backyard camping on our list but we had to tweak it a bit and bring the camping indoors.  The Vegas heat has been intense this summer and none of us really wanted to sleep outside in the heat.  Kids still had a great time helping their dad put up the tent!  I'm calling this one a "WIN".

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We also had "Mystery Activity" on our list.  Jason and I thought it would be fun to keep the kids guessing, plus it gave us some wiggle room as to what kind of activity it could be.  We ended up taking the kids to the drive-in last week.  We only told them we were going to do our mystery activity so having them try to guess what it could be was half the fun!  They were thrilled they were going to see the movie Turbo!  It was a fun night and they really enjoyed the movie.  

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