I’ve spent most of this year being scared to look too far ahead. Knowing that another surgery was on the cards for Jessica, possibly before she was due to start school felt like a huge cloud hanging over my head. When we were told a few weeks ago that the cardiac team were happy with Jessica’s progress and that they were not planning to do her next surgery for another year or two, it felt like a huge weight suddenly lifted from my shoulders. To be able to relax and look forward to the summer is the most amazing feeling. This summer feels like a significant one too – the last summer before Jessica starts full-time school and I’m determined to make the most of it and fill it with wonderful memories before September comes. This year, for the first time, I’ve sat down with hubby and the girls and we’ve created a summer activities list together.
There’s a mixture of things on our list – big challenges, days out, fun family activities, simple everyday things – some picked by me and hubby, others specified by the girls themselves. Here are the things that we’re hoping to do this summer:
- Travel from Lands End to John O’Groats – our challenge for the summer is to travel the length of the country by public transport. We’re still in the process of planning at the moment but hopefully we’ll get to do it!
- Play board games together as a family.
- Get the paddling pool out.
- Do some drawing – one of Jessica’s requests – given that there’s rarely a day going by without a request from her to sit and draw, I don’t think we’ll have any problems ticking this one off the list!
- Go to the beach.
- Footprint painting in the garden.
- Visit Langley Park.
- Have a picnic.
- Visit Chiltern Open Air Museum.
- Having a film night as a family.
- Go for a fairytale walk.
- Grow sunflowers – probably the most challenging item on the list unless I can get hold of some part-grown ones as despite having planted several, we’ve had no success so far. The only one that looked like it was going to grow got picked by the girls one afternoon in the garden.
- Watch the sunset.
- Find a trail to follow.
- Read three new books together.
- Visit Bekonscot model village – I did this with the girls last week so technically have ticked this one off but they want to visit again with Daddy so it’s staying on the list.
- Have bubbles in the garden.
- See some fairies – another request from Jessica – thankfully I’ve discovered a fairies and elves trail to follow later this summer!
- Bake cakes.
It sounds like an achievable list and I’m looking forward to seeing if we can tick them all off over the summer. I’ve drawn up a calendar and made a note of various trails and events happening so that we can try and join in with some of those too.
Do you have a summer bucket list? What things are you hoping to do with the kids this summer?