Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Balman's BIG Bucket List - Summer 2012

I have seen several friends doing a summer bucket list and it looked like lots of fun so I decided we would start our own. Here are some of the things we would like to complete this summer. Our goal is to have these things completed before Labor Day.

We are also joining the bucket list challenge over at The Happy Family Movement and you can too! And you can enter each week to win prizes just for joining the fun.

The Balman's BIG Bucket List

-Visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. -  completed 6/13
-Complete the GA 400 Hospitality Highway Ultimate Geocache Challenge - There are 7 pieces we currently have 3 (Green, Purple and Blue).

-Log a total of 16 GeoCaches this summer which will put us at 30 GeoCaches. Also log 4 more GeoChallenges. - completed 2 Geocaches towards our goal
-Send our very first Travel Bug aka Homeschooled Pinocchio on his trip around the world. - released Homeschooled Pinocchio 6/6 and he has been picked up to start his journey
-Visit World of Coca Cola.
-Find all the Dolphins on Parade and take photos of the kids with them. - Got photos with 4 of them so far. Not sure if we will get them all it seems like some are missing.
-Go fishing.  - completed 5/26
-Do something Patriotic. - completed 5/28
-Go cloud watching.
-Go berry picking. - completed 6/18
-Visit Tree Top Quest. - completed 5/27
-Visit at least 2 new nature centers - Cochran Mill being one of them.
-Bake a cake and decorate it with yummy stuff. -  completed 6/1
-Visit the High Museum of Art. - completed 6/3
-Go stargazing.
-Visit the Passages Exhibit. - was unable to complete and they moved out of Atlanta
-Spend an ENTIRE day at the swimming pool. - completed a few times
-Visit Wild Animal Safari.
-Shoot the Hooch. - completed 5/30
-Play in the fountains at Centennial Olympic Park. - completed 6/20
-Go see a Puppet Show at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
-Go roller skating.
-Go bowling.
-Go to the movies.
-Go the Butterfly Festival in July and try to get a butterfly to land on one of us.
-Raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to help fight childhood cancer. - we raised $235.85 to help fight childhood cancer you can read more about our lemonade stand here 6/8
-Go bike riding on the Big Creek Greenway.
-Watch a movie under the stars. - completed 6/23
-Make Tie-Dye Tshirts.
-Play in the rain. - completed 6/1
-Complete a summer reading challenge. - we are reading lots of books and working towards completing several reading challenges
-Mommy and Gwyn day at Six Flags.
-Pet an exotic animal. - completed 6/19
-Eat ice cream cones. - completed 5/30
-Have a picnic. - completed a few times
-Make solar smores.
-Go mini-golfing.
-Have an A-Z scavenger hunt. Take photos of the things we find that makes the shapes of the letters.
-Watch fireworks. - due to the late time of the shows we were unable to make it because the kids were too tired
-Make funny hats and have a funny hat day.
-Make rock pets.
-Go down a cool slide. - completed 6/17 
-Make a "Balman's BIG Bucket List" photo album.

I will update you on what we have accomplished in our "A week in the life of homeschoolers" posts and I will also cross it off our list on this page. You can also check out the photo album on the Kathys Cluttered Mind Blog Facebook Page.

I have had so many friends join the summer bucket list fun which is awesome. I had made the recommendation to The Happy Family Movement that they create a link up but I don't see that they have yet. And I had another friend create one on her blog. But I decided I wanted to easily be able to track my friends progress and see what everyone was doing for their lists so I decided to start my own link up. No button or rules just share links to your bucket list below. Everyone can participate even if you don't blog just create a document in Google Docs and share the link or create a Facebook note and share the link.


Brandy said...

Such a great idea, especially the photos! They will love the experiences the first time, but will really love reliving them later! You've given me great ideas for our family's summer storybook!!!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the heads up about this challenge. We just joined.

AdventuresinHomeEducating said...

You are ambitious! I love it! Thanks for sharing on FB...we just signed up too!

Jen G said...

What a COOL idea! Just now told my son to grab a piece of paper and a pencil... joining along! =)  {PS. You have the best ideas!!!!}

Miranda Sherman said...

I have a summer bucket list linky too feel free to stop by and add your post!

K Swicz said...

Still starting our far we have completed 2.

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