Posted: Jun 08, 2012 10:00 AM
When it’s June, it’s all too easy to think that, with an entire summer before you, you’ll have plenty of time to squeeze in loads of summer fun. But, in reality, the summer passes in a blink of an eye. To make sure that you have the summer of your dreams, make a summer bucket list now!

When we were kids, it seemed like summer lasted forever, but as adults, we know that it seems like we blink and it's over.

We all have things that we'd like to do: beach days, camping trips, berry picking, road trips... and more fill our list of things that we hope to do over the summer. It can be easy to put those things off, thinking that we have the entire summer before us.

An inspired idea

Last year, my friend Alison Bickel, from this homemade life, introduced me to the idea of the summer bucket list. She explains the impact it has had on her family: "Since we began making these lists a couple of years ago, our summers have taken on a new purpose of adventure. Our summer days have a bit more intention, looking for the fun and adventure we might have, whether it's on our own, or tagging along with friends."

I'm inspired, are you?

This year, grab your family, a pen, some paper and your creativity and create a family summer bucket list.

Enlist the entire family

Gather everyone up and work together to create a list that reflects what each family member would like to do. Be sure to include big and small things. Simple pleasures and elaborate adventures are both important for a summer well lived.

Join in

Creating a bucket list has grown in popularity over the past few years and you can join in with other families who have signed up for the Summer Bucket List Challenge. All you have to do is register for The Happy Family Movement's Summer Bucket List Challenge and they'll set you up with a set of fun tools and resources, including a Summer Bucket List Challenge guide, complete with sample activities, that's designed to help you all summer long.

Get inspired

If your family needs some inspiration, you'll find plenty on The Happy Family Movement's Facebook page, where families add their own fun ideas and share stories about their summer.

We wish you a wonderful summer and a completed summer bucket list!

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