This bucket list for a slow and simple summer is helping us keep things sane and thoroughly enjoyable around here. I’m sharing it now so that maybe it’ll help you, too, get the most out of your summer.
Every summer, it never fails…as Fall nears, I think, “Where did summer GO?” And, “Why did we not do the simple things we really love to do the most?” Too many regrets. Too much running all over Timbuktu like crazy people. And so this summer, we’re doing exactly this…more of the simple things we love the most.
Traditional bedtimes are out the window for all of us (I’m usually such a stick in the mud about bedtimes) and we are eating way too many s’mores, strawberry shortcakes, and things roasted over the bonfire.
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Ideas for a Slow and Simple Summer
Yard Games –
We all need more yard games, people. Here are just a few-
- polish golf (or ladder toss)
- bean bag toss
- badminton and/or volleyball
- yard yahtzee
- giant yard jenga
- lawn tic tac toe
- bocce ball
Bonfires and S’mores-
A few of our favorites:
- traditional graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows
- Aldi brand chocolate drizzled crisp cookies (you know, the kind with the lines across the top) and marshmallows
- graham crackers, Reeces peanut butter cups, marshmallows
Catching Fireflies in jars (or do you call them lightning bugs?)
Time on the water – whether that’s a lake, river, ocean, or your local pool. Summer = water.
Backyard gathering with ice cream sundae bar OR root beer floats. Both are fun, super easy, and since it’s outside, you don’t have to worry about having your house perfect.
Grilling food over the bonfire – there’s something fun about cooking over an open fire pit. See how to DIY the easiest fire pit here – and it’s cheap, too! Even think outside the box and do a fun Brunch over the bonfire!
Back porch late night conversations (these are the perfect thing for your back porch – and so easy to make!)
Saturday mornings at the Farmer’s Market or…
Lazy mornings of sleeping in and sipping coffee in your jammies for way too long (my fave)