Summer Bucket List 2015

Since the summer of 2010 we've been putting together a family summer bucket list.  We've had a blast putting these lists together each year and coming up with fun activities to keep the kiddos entertained and happy during our hot Vegas summers.  A few things have become summer traditions such as going to Southern California in August, picnics up at Mount Charleston, and movie nights.  But, it's always fun to add a few new things to our lists each year.  In 2012 we started to get creative with displaying our list because it's important to see it and plan around it.  Otherwise, we tend to get busy with our regular routine and forget about all the fun plans we had for summer.  

We usually put our summer bucket list together around Memorial Day, but this year has been wonky with Jason's broken ankle and year round school for both kids! So, we waited until our kids went on their summer track brake to really focus on the fun summer activities for this year.  They'll be on summer track break for 3 weeks. Then they'll be back to finish off the school year for about a month, before having another 2 week break before the new school year begins again.  It can get confusing, but that's where a little preparation and being intentional about making the best of summer comes in handy!  We're determined to make the most of our time together as a family, be it summer or any other time of the year.  This year, I purchased this cute chalk banner at Target for displaying our list.  I got the kids to each write a few of our activities and then we hung it right over the kitchen window.  We'll definitely be seeing it constantly!  

Emeric Family Summer Bucket List 2015

  • End of Summer SoCal Beach Trip
  • Family Bike Ride (I plan to just run alongside them, since I don't know how to ride a bike.  They think they're going to teach me to ride.  We'll see what happens!)
  • Mystery Adventure
  • Bonfire 
  • Art Day
  • Sky Zone
  • Picnic at Mount Charleston
  • Make Ice Cream
  • Camping
  • Family Movie Night
  • Swimming 

Feel free to check out our 2012, 2013, and 2014 lists for more ideas for your own summer bucket list!  It's not too late to get started on having a super fun summer!  What kinds of fun activities, trips, or projects do you have planned for your family this summer? 

My Half Marathon Bucket List

This past July I came up with my fitness bucket list.  Basically, it's got everything from running a half marathon to doing a pull up! I've made some progress and you can see my 6 month update HERE.  I'm starting to enjoy running more and more and with my 14 in 2014 race challenge, I think I'm hooked!  I keep seeing and hearing of all these fun races I'd love to do so I figured I should keep a list and what better place to keep it than on my blog :) 

So, here are the top 5 half marathons (in no particular order) that I hope to do in the coming years:

  1. Napa to Sonoma Half - Running and wine, need I say more?!? 
  2. Disney Princess Half Marathon - Disney puts on quite a few races throughout the year and they are all very popular.  I chose the Princess Half because it's in Florida and I'm dying to take the kids back to Walt Disney World and because the race is all within the WDW property, as opposed to Disneyland, where parts are ran through the city of Anaheim.
  3.  Nike Women's Half Marathon - They have a race in Washington DC and San Francisco, but I think I'd prefer San Francisco, just because it's on the west coast and thereby more feasible for me to travel there.  Plus, you get an awesome Tiffany & Co. necklace at the finish! 
  4. Surf City Half Marathon - I love Southern California and I think it'd be great to run along 13.1 miles of the Pacific Coast Highway!
  5. The Kaua'i Half Marathon - It's been voted one of the top races to travel for!  Maybe you won't even notice the distance or humidity among the beautiful scenery ;) 


  • Ragnar Relay - This is just one of those races that sounds like it could be a lot of fun to do with a group of friends and would really push you! 
  • Paris to Versailles 16K - I just love Paris and being able to run here would be a dream!! 


I'd love to hear what races are on your bucket list! Or what amazing races you've ran so far! 

Update: My Fitness Bucket List

Back in July 2013 I shared my fitness bucket list with you!  You can read that post HERE!  I was thinking about it the other day and I wanted to see how much I had accomplished in the past 6 months.  So, here's the update:

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  • Do a pull-up (yup, just one for now) No progress!
  • Complete a half marathon (signed up for one in November)  YAY!! One thing off the list!! You can read about my Rock N Roll Half Marathon experience HERE :)

  • Run a 10K (Almost! I signed up for a 10K trail run for March 1) 
  • Complete a Super Spartan race No progress! There's one in April, so we'll see if I get to sign up....
  • Move up to 10 lb. dumbbells during P.I.T. class Sadly, I'm still struggling with 8lb. dumbbells, but one day!!!
  • Do 3 one-handed push-ups
  • 2 minute plank I'm getting close!! 
  • Learn to ride a bike (Don't judge me) No progress!
  • Complete a triathlon (hence, the above item) No progress!
  • Bench press my own weight No progress! Actually, I haven't even tried this one yet.  
  • Lululemon outfit (does this count? a girl can dream!) Oh yea, I got 2 outfits & a jacket! I know, I'm a lucky girl!! 
  • Learn to rock climb No progress! 


So, it's not a ton of progress, but it's something.  It's nice to see a few things marked off and see where I'm headed to next!  How are you doing with checking things off of your fitness bucket list?  I'd love to hear them!