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? 

Family Traditions | Southern California Fun

I've been posting all summer as we check things off our Summer Bucket List and even though it's been an interesting summer with year round school, we've still managed to keep this tradition.  The kids talk about it throughout the year and we make a big deal about everyone contributing to the list!  I think family traditions are so important.  It is something very comforting and at the same time exciting for kids to look forward to each year!  We have a few family traditions in our house, from big to small, but one of our traditions has been to take a trip to Southern California every August.  It started right when we moved to Las Vegas and were just looking for a getaway at the end of summer.  Vegas summers are hot and the SoCal beaches are such a dream to retreat to!  We then added these trips to our yearly Summer Bucket List and they've become a back-to-school tradition.  I'm so happy we've been able to create this for them.  Usually, we'll go away for 3 - 5 days.  So far, we've taken back-to-school trips to Santa Monica, Disneyland, Legoland in San Diego, Newport Beach, and the Pasadena Children's Museum! So much fun :)

Like I said, this summer has been quite busy and we've tried to cram a lot in between track breaks, so we weren't sure how we'd get to go but we managed to make it happen, albeit it was just for the weekend.  We still had a blast and it was one of the most relaxing trips we've had.  There was no real agenda (I know, this is shocking for me!) We just went to Laguna Beach and let the kids play!  They also got to enjoy the pool at the hotel on Sunday morning before we headed north a bit to Redondo Beach pier for a yummy lunch by the water and a few more hours at the beach before heading home.  It was a quick, but much needed trip and we kept our back-to-school tradition!  Traditions are where memories are made and we hope we can continue to take these summer trips for many more years and we especially hope our kiddos will always remember these yearly trips!  

Do you and your family have any special family traditions? Any back-to-school traditions?  

Summer Bucket List | BBQ with Friends & Wet N Wild

We are having a great time this summer, even with Diego being in year-round school.  Tomorrow is his last day in 3rd grade and he'll have his 3 week summer track break before starting 4th grade.  We plan to pack a lot of summer fun in the next 3 weeks :) 

Here's a quick update with 2 more things we got to check off the Happy Family Movement's Summer Bucket List, BBQ with friends and going to Wet N Wild.  

We were invited over a friend's place for a BBQ earlier this month and the kids had a great time playing with the other kids and swimming in the pool.  It really was a nice relaxing day with friends.  It was exactly what we needed! 

This Saturday we finally went to Wet N Wild.  I say "finally" because this is the 2nd season it's been open and we literally saw it being built.  The water park is about 4 miles down the road from our house and we drive down that road every day to & from the gym.  When it opened last summer, we heard stories of how it was so packed, so we decided to hold off.  Our kids had been patiently waiting all year, so when it was time to put our summer bucket list together, Wet N Wild was maybe the first thing they suggested.  Huge thanks to our friends, Ernie & Veronica and my nephew, Jared and his friend Mikey for getting us in with a buddy pass and saving us quite a bit of money!!  

We spent about 6 hours at the park and had a blast!  It was not crowded and the lines were not crazy long.  The kids got on most of the slides, played in the wave pool, and relaxed in the lazy river.  It was perfect!  I think they must have said, "thanks for bringing us here" about a hundred times!  We'll definitely be getting season tickets next year.  

Did you and your family do a Summer Bucket List?  What kinds of fun things are you doing this summer?  I'd love to hear them!