Here are some highlights:
BUCKET LIST ITEM #5: HAVE A CAMPFIRE WITH S'MORES
We started the summer off with a backyard campfire complete with requisite s'mores. Our friends joined us for a fun night - the kids loved launching LED copters into the sky once the sun went down.
BUCKET LIST ITEM #15: DARIEN LAKE
We actually did this one twice. Once for hub's work picnic, where J braved his first upside down roller coaster (and LOVED it), and once with friends for a crazy day of rides, water park, and slushies. We're pictured above on my favorite ride, one that does not go upside down or fast... the Ferris wheel.
BUCKET LIST ITEM #3: TRY COFFEE ICE CREAM
For whatever reason, this was important to P, so it made the list. We went out for ice cream to celebrate the removal of braces (YAY!) and let him order whatever he wanted. Look at the shiny, straight teeth! As you can see, he also decided to grow his hair long this summer. It's a middle school thing I guess.
BUCKET LIST ITEM #16: BOAT RIDE ALONG ERIE CANAL
There is a lot of cool history in our town. We rode a boat through two locks on the Erie Canal and then spent the afternoon walking through Lockport and sampling more ice cream (see next item). There is also an underground cave tour which we have done once before but decided to skip this year. Fun fact: part of Sharknado 2 was filmed in the Lockport cave.
BUCKET LIST ITEM #9: TRY LAKE EFFECT ICE CREAM
BUCKET LIST ITEM #10: GO TO A LOCAL BEACH
BUCKET LIST ITEM #1: GO TO THE DRIVE IN
Our cub scout pack organized a summer outing to the drive in, and it was the perfect opportunity to cross another item off the list and enjoy a night out at the movies watching one of my all-time faves, The Princess Bride. P had a good time, he just didn't want to have his picture taken.
BUCKET LIST ITEMS #5 and #18: GO CAMPING/GO FISHING
BUCKET LIST ITEM #7: CAMP IN THE FAMILY ROOM
Labor day weekend. Second to last night of summer vacation. Perfect opportunity to sneak in one more bucket list item. I have no idea why they wanted to sleep on the hard floor under a fort of several blankets ("Mom, it's really sweaty under here!"), but they did.
I'm happy with how things went this summer. The boys grew a little taller, a little braver, and a little more independent. I am grateful for their enthusiasm and willingness to try new things and happy that we are able to spend time together as a family. The day is coming when they'll have summer jobs and scoff at the idea of hanging out with mom and dad. So I'm doing my best to cherish the moments we have right now and letting go one finger at a time.