As I mentioned in my Blueberry Fields Forever post, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with making plans. There is a very fine line between making plans and over-planning for me. I tend to be one of those moms who will wake up in the morning and say, "Get your shoes on, we are going on an adventure". Often times if I plan too far in advance, my inner homebody starts to over-analyze a situation, and I will talk myself out of doing something. Listen, I never claimed to make rational sense all of the time, but I do try to be as open and authentic as possible. I LOVE to try new things and go on adventures with my family, but the other aspect of my personality is such that I love familiarity. This Summer, I wanted to try something a little different to push me out of my comfort zone when it comes to making plans and keeping them, so I have created a Summer Bucket List. This list needed to be a variety of things that I wanted to accomplish with my family to teach or entertain them throughout the Summer. My hope is that by the end of the Summer I will have created memories with my roots and acquired a new way of embracing the art of planning.
We have gotten a pretty good start on our list so far. I'm not entirely sure why we were late to the slime making party, but we sure enjoyed doing it. We put a combination of essential oils in ours to mimic the scent of bubblegum and I have to say it was pretty darn close. Some of the things on my list may seem like simple tasks, but so often I overlook the little things because they are easy when in reality they are some of my fondest childhood memories. Aggravation, for instance, was and is one of my favorite memories as a child (read about it here), and I want to make sure that it continues to be a time where we are all away from our devices and engaging one another. Picking blueberries with the roots is what really drove me to create my Summer Bucket List. For several Summers, the idea crossed my mind but whether it was the Tennessee heat or my over planning problems, it just never came to be. Luckily, this magical list did exactly what I had hoped it would do. You can read all about our trip to Reynolds Blueberry Farm (here).
For those of you who have trouble with remembering things, have over planning problems, or maybe your own roots have fried your brain, You can print your own Summer Bucket List by following the link in my photo caption.