Summer Bucket List!

16 July 3:00 am
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This is a guest blog post written by Jenny Solar.  LOVE IT!  Read it–and you’ll want to start your summer bucket list immediately!

It’s so funny how we’ve become a society that can only start diets on Mondays, set new resolutions at the beginning of the year, or change our grumpy attitude tomorrow. It seems that we (myself included!) have been tricked into believing that we need the clock or the calendar to tell us when it’s okay to start something new or just plain start over.

So here we are, in the middle of July, and summer’s quickly coming to an end. Isn’t it crazy that summer seems like the shortest season, even though it’s the same length as the other three? There’s something magical about summer and often times, I remember a quote I read in Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project book… “The days are long, but the years are short.” I’d say this quote applies even more to summer…

The days are long, but summer is short. Two years ago, we decided to stop letting our summers fly by in the blink of an eye. We decided it was high time to make the most of our summers, cramming in as many fun and memorable family experiences as possible.

That summer, we created our very first summer bucket list and we crossed all 22 things off our summer bucket list and we had the most incredible summer! We went to a waterpark, we watched fireworks in the park, we ate s’mores, we had a water balloon fight, and we splashed in the waves of the Atlantic AND Pacific Oceans!

We did it again in 2012 and had another awesome experience! We went blueberry picking, boogie boarding, ziplining, we had a picnic at the park, and we built a sandcastle at the beach. Our kids are still talking about our summer adventures from last year!

The summer bucket list has now become a Solar family tradition. We look forward to it every summer because it helps us make sure we create lots of memorable experiences for our family! We love summer bucket lists so much that we created the Summer Bucket List Challenge and invited families all over the world to join in on the fun!


So, here’s my challenge to you: even though summer is halfway over, don’t get caught up thinking it’s too late to make it incredible! Sign up for our free Challenge, join our online community, plan your summer bucket list, and make this summer the best one ever for your family! It’s not too late to make this summer incredibly awesome!

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Josh and Jenny Solar are parents to three kids, Max, Ava, and Lia (and a basset hound named Banana). In addition to being full time photographers, they created The Happy Family Movement in the spring of 2011 to encourage and inspire family togetherness through memorable family experiences and simple ideas for happy family living. The overarching goal of The Happy Family Movement is to rewrite the way our generation views raising kids… to seek out a happy family and find the JOY in parenting all over again.

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