Summer Bucket List 2017: In Review

Summer has come and gone and we're finally out of the triple digit temperatures here in Las Vegas! Kids have been in school for a month and our days are packed and busy again.  Anyone else out there ready for a break already?!? 

I thought I'd go back and relive a little bit of our summer fun! As you all know, we've been putting together a summer bucket list for years now, but I think this year's was a little too ambitious and it's no surprise we didn't get to do everything on the list.  Some things we didn't do together as a family, such as the grandparents taking the kiddos to Dave & Buster's while we were away in Napa and Jason taking the kiddos to the drive in movies while I had book club.  Diego got to go to Wet N Wild water park with some friends and I took Elysse to Gravady Trampoline Park last weekend with her friend. Sure we didn't get a chance to try rolled ice cream, but we did enjoy plenty of ice cream this summer, including the famous Salt n Straw in Portland! YUMmmm! Although we didn't get to visit Zion National Park, we did visit  Sand Hollow Sate Park in Utah.

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We'll have to try to get to doing some ice skating this winter, try to get a camping trip in this spring, even if it's close to home in Mount Charleston, and Spring Mountain Ranch Super Summer Theater will be back on the list for summer 2018! 

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Hope your summer was fun and that you got to spend time together as a family and make some messy memories together!! XO 

Summer Fun at Pinot's Palette

Last week I was invited to a fun family blogger painting event at Pinot's Palette in Boca Park.  This would be the first time the kiddos went to a painting event, so I was really excited to share this experience with them.  Jason and I had a blast the last time we painted together.  

The event was held in their "open studio" style.  We received a blank 10X10 canvas and we got to choose from lots of options which picture we would paint.  We got written instructions with step-by-set pictures and the specific colors of paint we'd need for our individual masterpieces.  They hold these types of classes once a month at each of their 3 studio locations throughout Las Vegas for only $20.  It's a fun and relaxed way to practice your painting in a less structured setting and the written instructions are easy to follow.  

At first, Diego was getting a little frustrated because his painting wasn't coming along exactly like the sample but, he chilled out after a bit and really enjoyed the process. And, his finished painting turned out really nice.  Elysse was intent on doing her painting with little help and I'm proud to say she did a great job all by herself.  We cannot wait to do it again soon! 

With our crazy hot summers here in Vegas, this is definitely a nice option for a family activity.  It allows you to unplug, enjoy time together as family, and it's indoors with A/C ;) They're also offering kids camp for ages 7+ this month! 

They're offering some discount codes for It's a Messy Life readers for July and August:

FamilyFun - By 3 seats to any Family Day class, get one free ($25 value)

DateNightFun - Buy one seat at any $39 public class, get one at half price ($19.50 value)

These codes are valid for each of their 3 locations at The District, Boca Park, and Town Square.  Check out their class schedule HERE.  Enjoy! 

Summer Bucket List 2017

This year Elysse is in a new elementary school and Diego started middle school and both are traditional 9-month schools.  Before that they both were in a year-round school that had 3- week track breaks throughout the year.  To say they are excited for this summer break is a bit of an understatement. With being in the middle of buying a new house and moving, I'll admit last summer was kinda lame.  We kept our list small and simple! This year we decided to go all out!!! Since I'm scheduled to run 17 races in 2017 (YIKES!!) the kids thought it'd be fun to keep the same theme going for our family summer bucket list.  I think this may be our biggest and most ambitious summer bucket list to date! So, without further ado, here is our epic summer bucket list for 2017:

Each year we always find a fun way to display our list so we don't forget what our plans are! Plus, it's so much fun to see all the fun we've had and all the fun activities we still have to do.  This year we wrote each activity on a note card and hung them along our dining room wall.  We then plan on taking a photo with our fuji instax camera and trade it out for the note card as we do each activity.  We hope that by Labor Day, we'll have zero note cards and a wall full of fun photos of our summer adventures! 


What fun activities and adventures do you have planned for this summer? If your stumped, get your family together and work on your own family summer bucket list this weekend! I promise it will make this summer one to remember.  Check out my blog post HERE for tips on how to create your own list and follow the links there for some inspiration from our past summer bucket lists too!