Summer Bucket List: What's Left?

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Sigh. August. You rear your ugly head and I'm racked with guilt, mixed with a twinge of eager anticipation that school is right around the corner. If you're like me, every year the moment hits and you think to yourself, "Oh no! But there's so much left to be done!" Consider this your friendly reminder to check off all those great things you planned to do this summer — or at least two of them.

Here are a few ideas for what's on my list, please do share yours in the comments!

1. Natural Watering Holes:

Central Texas has lots of great natural watering holes, so my aim was to go take my family to as many of them as possible. There is one amazing one that we just haven't gotten too yet, and it's first on my list.

2. Hiking:

This can be easily combine with #1 if you go to the right place. Get your kids out in nature! Because if we want them to appreciate the Earth they inherit, they need to know and love it first.

3. Theme Parks:

I'm not really talking about Disneyland here, although I'm sure that would be amazing. Do you have any water or theme parks within driving distance? Make a day of it and go! Your kids will never forget it.

4. Museums:

Being in 100 degree sweltering heat can get a little monotonous, am I right? Use the time to take your kid to a great museum, be it art, science, or a children's museum.

5. Back to the Farm:

Summer is a great time to try new foods. Why not teach your kids about shopping local and eating right? Farmers' markets are often hubs of activity such as live music and even live animals, so it should be fun for the whole family. Or better yet? Go pick some fruit, and visit and actual farm.

6. Sports Games:

Take me out to the ball game! While baseball, or any other summer sport, doesn't make the top of my list exactly, it's just the kind of thing I'd love to make memories around, and think my girls would get a kick out of it too.

This doesn't even include all the small daily fun, like heading to your local pool, playing card games, crafting with your kids, riding bikes, making ice cream sundaes. It's easy to get into a slump of summer doldrums this time of year, but if you make a plan and stick to it, you and your children will be so, so glad. At least that's what I'm telling myself.

(Image credits: Elisabeth Wilborn)