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I’m a list-maker. I love making vision boards, setting new year’s resolutions, and other ambitious goals. So when Juicy Juice expressed interested in sponsoring my thoughts on a summer bucket list I naturally said yes. All opinions are our my own, but I may have gotten some awesome ideas from my friends in our #Cherish365 group.

How to make a family summer bucket list.

I decided we should make a summer bucket list because while we have the best intentions and so many ideas of what we’d like to do, executing those things is another story. I used to look forward to my husband’s days of because it meant we would spend time together and get to do something fun. Lately I look forward to his days off because it means I can get some uninterrupted work done while he goes out with the kids. Problem is I miss my husband, and I wish I was there for the fun too. We were each taking turns doing things with the kids, but rarely all doing them together. It was time for us to make a list, and get to crossing them off.

We each wrote down some of the things we want to do this summer. Here’s most of what we’ve come up with so far:

-Go kayaking
-Visit a water park
-Go on a family bike ride
-Have a picnic
-Ride a train
-Collect and create art rocks
-Have a family Disney Movie Night
-Have a water balloon fight
-Go to movies in the park
-Volunteer together
-Family workout
-Make our own drink umbrellas
-Build a fort
-Go out to eat together
-Make popsicles
-Stop the ice cream truck
-Have 3 date nights (sans kids)
-Take family photos
-Build a fort
-Sleep in

How to make a family summer bucket list.

You can pretty much guess who wrote each one. My husband and the kids love their water balloon fights in the backyard. They’re usually on the trampoline. I’ll join in now and then but I’m usually off limits cause I’m holding the camera (see my strategy?). I’ll refill the balloons or during their breaks bring them water or some Juicy Juice Splashers which are a 50/50 blend of fruit juice and filtered water.

How to make a family summer bucket list.

My kids aren’t adventurous at all so some of these things will really be a stretch for us. Like kayaking for example. I am all about trying the “firsts” together. There’s a great lake in Austin that my husband and I kayaked on with Snoop before we had kids. I’d love to take our kids to try the same. On the same trip we can have a picnic and ride a train and all of us will be happy.

Movie nights are an easy one, but movie nights in the park will be new. It’s been something I’ve wanted to go to for years, but I keep forgetting to execute. And some of the other goals are already in the works.

I also love this idea to take a park crawl:

What’s on your summer bucket list?

How to make a family summer bucket list.

I’m teaming up with Juicy Juice this to share our family adventures and inspire others to enjoy family time this summer. All Juicy Juice products are made from real juice, with sweetness that comes only from the fruit and no added sugar. My kids love it and I feel good about it. All opinions are mine and my family’s.

 

Holy crap where did summer go? Sorry I fell of the face of the earth for a minute. We took last week off to really soak the last bit of summer in. I took time off work, the blog, and even a break from our summer homeschool sessions. We went swimming. We hit the beach and stayed at a beautiful hotel (more on that later). And we enjoyed watching the Olympics together. The summer we had is not quite like the summers I remember having growing up.

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My parents were both very busy, so I spent a lot of time playing with my sister and when my parents were home–neighborhood kids. I remember when we got our first gaming system. It was a Nintendo. I loved Duck Hunt and Super Mario. Then I felt like a cool kid when we upgraded to Sega.

All summer I’d play the handful of games we had. Those were the days where we’d run to Blockbuster to rent a new game for a week. And one year my mom even signed up for the Sega channel, so we had all kind of games to play.

I spent a good amount of time inside playing video games during my summer breaks, until I became obsessed with reading. Then we’d go to the library and I’d check out a stack of Sweet Valley High books and devour them by the next week.

I’ve been holding off on buying a gaming system at my house. I passed on the new PlayStations and Xboxes, even the Disney Infinity games. The closest thing we have is an Apple TV, which can work like a wii for some games, and of course iPad games, which I approve and regulate.

I’ve always been intrigued by the games that have some kind of movement involved. I’m convinced I burned all kinds of calories playing Dance Central on the Xbox Kinect at my mom’s house. That was something I could get behind.

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Springfree Trampoline reached out to me a couple months ago and asked if we’d like to try one of their trampolines and a new interactive game. I knew if I said no my kids would probably never let me live that down.

I didn’t think a trampoline would really fit in our backyard but the large oval shape is perfect to fit on our annoyingly slanted yard. They’re deemed the world’s safest trampoline and now you can add on an interactive component called Tgoma. (It stands for Take Gaming Outside and Make them Active).

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I connected my iPad mini using bluetooth, and Lil’ J helped me choose a few games to download for her and her brother. Once you select the game to play you become the controller and bounce where the characters are on the screen. It sounds complicated but my 3 and 6 year old figured it out pretty quick.  They like “Whatzat?” the most right now which has animal and vehicle sounds play when you jump on different spots on the trampoline. I like Alien Stomp which is like a life-size version of whack a mole. Here’s a video so you can see it in action.

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My husband at first wasn’t thrilled about something else taking up space in our backyard. But you know what? I can’t tell you how many evenings I’ve come home to find him outside jumping with them on it. There’s nothing like seeing him act like a big kid with them and hearing their hysteric laughter.

I hope this is a summer our kids remember and enjoy. I mean dude, from Disneyland with mom, to a family beach trip, water balloon fights in the backyard, and gaming outside on our new trampoline… We’ve made a lot of good memories.

Now, on to a new chapter. First day of homeschool!

How was your summer?


*I love spending quality time with my family and getting active with my kids. I love it when companies make that easier for me with inventions like Tgoma. That’s why I’ve partnered with Springfree Trampoline for a series on getting outside and playing with our kids. All opinions are my own. 

Ladies, beware.

snack at the pool

I was going to make this a Wordless Wednesday photo share but I can’t look at this photo without thinking of the funny habit this guy does at the pool every single time we go.

It never fails. We’re at the pool, I’m grabbing him a snack, or getting his sister dried off, or hanging out nearby as he walks up to the nearest lady laying out… Usually in a bikini. He waits until he has her attention, flashes his adorably dimpled grin and says “HIIII!”

The nice lady will smile and say hi back, and he turns around like he’s going to walk away, then turns back around toward her and say hi again. Repeat 5Xs.

He also does this in the middle of groups of two or three women.

Luckily he’s cute, and only 2, or else he would probably come across as a total creep.

And check out those lashes!

More on our pool adventures on my Tampico is Color blog.

 

~Big T is currently 2 years and 3 months old~

Every summer when the pool opens the conversation I have with my husband goes something like this:

She Says: Look! I got us some new sunscreen.
He Says: Why?!! We have seven bottles already!
She Says: Well sorry. We can never have too many anyway.

Then we make trips to the pool, forget to put the sunscreen in the bag, or bring it but leave it at the pool. I buy more, rinse and repeat.

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This year however, it went a little different. For once, I DIDN’T buy a new bottle of sunscreen before our first trip to the pool. And I went to my husband to find out where he was stashing it all.

She Says: Hey, we’re going to the pool, where is all the sunscreen?
He Says: I don’t know, on the closet shelf?

It wasn’t there.

She Says: Are you kidding me? The one year I don’t buy sunscreen and we don’t have ONE bottle?
He Says: Oh you guys will be fine, just don’t stay long!

I don’t know what he has against sunscreen it’s like he thinks he can’t burn. Or get skin cancer. I’m forever trying to lather him with the stuff when we’re at the pool, cause lawd knows his pasty butt needs it. … Not that I’m lathering his butt, but you know what I mean.

My daughter on the other hand thinks she is going to die if she doesn’t have sunscreen on. Our conversation this week went something like this.

Lil’ J: Where’s the sunscreen mom? We have to pack it.
Me: I’m texting daddy to see where he put it. I can’t find it.
Lil’ J: You CAN’T FIND IT? Oh no! But what is going to happen to me?
Me: You could get sunburned. I’ll find some, or buy more. Don’t worry.
Lil’ J: The sun will BURN me?

Sunscreen tips for multiracial families.

Sunscreen tips for multiracial families (and good habits for all families).

While searching for two bottles of sunscreen I knew I had personally purchased before, I tried to explain to my 4-year-old that her skin wasn’t going to burn up or melt off her bones.

After tearing through the bathrooms and closets I gave up and drove to the closest convenient store… Which wasn’t selling sunscreen yet (and of course I realized this just moments after lugging both kids inside).

A few snide texts later and my husband was coming home with more sunscreen and he met us at the pool.

“I’m so blogging about this,” I warned him.

Sunscreen tips for multiracial families (and good habits for all families).

I haven’t always been the most diligent about my sunscreen habits. But since marrying a white guy who although tans, totally needs it–And having biracial kids with lighter and more susceptible skin than mine, I’ve come up to speed on better habits.

Yes, even us darker ones can burn (although it can take longer to get to that point) and yes, we need sunscreen. I need to get better about keeping it around all year long and not just in the summer months, but you know… Baby steps.

Sunscreen tips for multiracial families (and good habits for all families).

Here in Texas we’re basically in full-blown summer swimming weather now so I’ll soon start stocking up again, no matter what my husband thinks. If you aren’t already I’d suggest you do the same! You don’t want to be all burnt up in pictures you look back on later.–Always reminding you of that terrible painful sunburn. Make beautiful memories in beautiful skin!

Here are some reminders to get you ready:

1. Apply 15 minutes before going outside, and make sure you cover all areas of the skin that will be exposed.
2. Re-apply every 2 hours or more if your child has been in the water.
3. Use sunscreen labeled “broad spectrum” — it means it protects against UVA and UVB radiation.
4. The sun can damage anyone’s skin. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone of every ethnicity and race wear sunscreen.

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You can find more sunscreen tips here.

Sunscreen tips for multiracial families (and good habits for all families).

My daughter is kind of obsessed with sunscreen and she won’t let us forget to put it on her when we go swimming. My son loves to be shirtless as much as possible, so I have to get him lathered up before her runs away. And my husband… Sometimes he’s my most difficult one.

Do you have sunscreen battles in your home? Or is it just us?

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*This post is sponsored by KnowYourOTC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible use of consumer healthcare products. All opinions, arguments with my husband, and typos are my own.

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