In my last post, I mentioned how my eldest son Raine, came home one day from school, with a copious amount of excitement. His class had created a “summer bucket list,” and he was eager to share it with me. Unsurprisingly, his list was full of activities including Disneyland, Legoland, Knotts Berry Farm, visiting his cousin in Pennsylvania, and a trip to Chicago (to see Jojo Siwa in concert…yep, really.)

Of course, my first instinct was to panic. I knew there was no way we would be able to do all of these things before the summer was over. I also knew, between summer sports, camp, vacation bible school, etc., we would be exhausted. AND I knew, my main goal for summer break was to live at the beach and veg out with netflix marathons (sorry, just being real here!)

So, how would I break this news to my sweet faced mini bff of mine?

I hate letting him down. Then I thought back to my own childhood. I was one of five kids in my home, with a stay at home mother. There was no way we would have done even one of the things on Raine’s bucket list. It just wasn’t even an option. But, summers were always fun. My siblings and I spent most of our summer days playing outside, swimming, and coming home when it got dark, filthy from the carefree adventurous day we’d just had.

I realized it isn’t about WHAT you do, it’s about WHO you do it with. My cousin Raven would choreograph dances for us to learn, all the neighborhood kids would play football in the field together, and my siblings never left my side through each summer, which made those memories that much sweeter. My summers weren’t great because they were jam packed with events, they were great bccause of the people I was fortunate enough to have in my life.

I sat Raine down, discussed his list, and explained we should create a “family bucket list,” so everyone could contribute to the list. He loved the idea. We incorporated items of his list, with the new one, and it turned out great. We still have plans to go to Legoland and Knotts, but added things like beach day, making popsicles, arts and crafts, and water gun fights.

I’m confident this summer will be a great one, because i’m so very blessed with the best family a girl could ask for. I also know that Raine will have a great summer, because he is extremely loved, and all the money in the world couldn’t buy that.

-Gypsy Hearted Mama

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