I'm going to start off by admitting that I am fully stealing this idea from somebody else - but I'm doing so in the most flattering way - it's a great idea.
Now that the boys (Hayes in particular) are a getting a little bit older, we thought it would be fun to create a Summer bucket list of sorts, filled with items big and small that would fill our lazy summer days with things to do and create a challenge for ourselves in attempting to complete every task.
So Hayes and I sat down the other day and came up with a list (of 39 items to be exact - no rhyme or reason to the number, that's just where we ended up) of things we think would be fun for the whole family to do this summer. We put all of it on a big piece of paper and hung it in our "art gallery" (aka the interior of our laundry room doors where we hang all of Hayes' art) so we could reference it whenever we like.
There are some big items on there that were already planned for the summer - Hayes graduating from preschool, various summer camps, family trips to Cape Cod and Austin, TX, Aunt V's Bridal Shower - and some smaller items that we'd like to do - Griffith Observatory (we've lived here 13 years and have never been - what?!), take Greyson to the zoo (hopefully avoid a fall into the gorilla enclosure), go to the beach, individual sleepovers at Nini and Pa's. We also added a bunch of fun activities that are less outings and more simple things to do together - roast marshmallows, family movie night, make a lemonade stand, go for a night swim... the list goes on and on.
Finally, we added a big goal item for each of the boys. For Greyson, it's to potty train; for Hayes, it's to learn to ride his bike without training wheels. And come to think of it, we should add one for Henley: to start consistently sleeping through the night (item #40!).
The nice part is, we can add to it when new ideas come to mind, but in the meantime, we have lots to choose from which should hopefully make for an exciting summer and a sense of accomplishment come Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer.
This past weekend, determined to do something worthwhile with our Memorial Day, we knocked the first item off the list: Griffith Park Trains.
|Family photo on the train...|
I'd taken Hayes here before on a date last summer but the rest of the family had never been. And with the recent opening of our neighborhood Metro stop (welcome to public transportation LA, it's about damn time!), the boys have been REALLY into anything trains (Hayes and Nini literally rode the train all afternoon yesterday - simple pleasures!).
|Daddy and the littles...|
|Even the police uniform made a cameo again - it's been in retirement for the last couple of months...|
We brought a picnic lunch (which the boys happened to pick up earlier that day via the Metro) and ate sandwiches before embarking on the train ride around Griffith Park. Hayes and Greyson sat together, Hayes putting a protective arm over his little brother to make sure he didn't fall out. And Grant, Henley and I rode behind them, pointing out the various sites along the way (random Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs sculptures, gnomes digging for gold, the Undertaker's office in the fake town (?!)). When we arrived back at the station, we bought the boys a thing of cotton candy and then headed home. A simple outing that they loved and that gave us something to do for the couple of hours we had between Henley's naps.
First item off of the bucket list - check!
Looking forward to keeping you up to date with our progress. Happy Summer 2016!