Summer 2019 Bucket List

Summer 2019 Bucket List

It’s finally here!  Summer!  I’m sure you can all relate to that feeling of bliss when July finally hits and the summer months are in full swing (if you live in the Northern hemisphere anyway!)  Here in Saskatchewan, I think we are particularly grateful when the summer months are finally upon us, having survived so many months of brutally cold winter temperatures.  Seriously, here in SK, we have snow for at least six months of the year, often longer, and so I think we really take advantage of the fair-weather months and have truly learned how to celebrate summer!

Because my husband and I are both teachers, we also appreciate summer in a unique way – it’s our time in the year to really unwind, and to truly focus on creating memories with our kids.  So, one of the things we like to do every summer is create a “Summer Bucket List” of activities we want to try to do in the months of July and August.  We like to focus on local activities specifically, and also things that don’t break the bank, although we do always throw a few bigger activities in there too.

IMG_6370(Above, Molly is enjoying our new paddling pool in her adorable swimsuit from Kortni Jeane Mix & Match Swimwear!  Stay tuned for a blog post coming up featuring our matching family swimsuits!)

Our first list is a list of all of the activities we hope to complete this summer as a family! We try to incorporate a range of activities from backyard fun, to road-trip adventures, to charitable opportunities.  The summer is a great chance to both enjoy, and give back, to your community!

Campfire with marshmellows (2)

Our family knows that it isn’t always possible to hit the road and plan big adventures in the summertime. Due to my health issues both last summer and again this summer, we have opted to stay close to home, but we have discovered that there are so many things to do right in our own backyard – literally, and figuratively!  Check out the list below for our favourite family activities for an eventful summer staycation that won’t break the bank!

Summer Bucket List (1)

So – I’ll keep you posted on our progress this summer!  I’m hoping we can cross off every one of our items, but that might be a tad ambitious!  What does your family love to do in the summertime?  How do you celebrate summer?  I would love to hear what you would add to our lists!

IMG_8676_Facetune_28-06-2019-12-26-59

Photos by Liz Salzman (www.instagram.com/lizsalzman/) with Social Q Relations (www.instagram.com/socialqrelations/

Clea Lake (9)

Christmas Movie Checklist

Christmas Movie Checklist

One of my favourite things about the Christmas season is all of the amazing holiday films that start playing on TV.  I love how as kids, we used to wait for our favourites to be announced, and all of the memories that go along with watching a classic.  However, since moving to a small town where we don’t have cable TV, and rely solely on Netflix, I’ve had to put together my own list of holiday classics to watch each year.

This year, I decided to do a family poll to make sure we had all of our bases covered!  My family has a group text-chat that we converse on almost daily, so last week I threw out the question, “What is your all-time favourite Christmas movie?”  It was so fun, watching the answers roll in, and seeing how everyone else responded to each-other’s choices.  My mom didn’t chime in for about an hour, and when she opened her phone, she had over 93 missed texts in that chat – so you can tell that we had a pretty in-depth conversation!

I knew my dad would choose The Sound of Music, even though it’s not technically a Christmas movie, and my husband stated right away that my mom would most definitely pick “The Nativity”.  My brother chose Home Alone 2 specifically – and just reading his answer immediately took me back to the countless times, as kids, that we rewound the scene where Marv gets electrocuted (if you’ve seen the movie, you know exactly which scene I’m talking about.  In fact I’m giggling out loud as I type this).  One of my sisters chose One Magic Christmas – a bit of a diamond in the rough as far as classic Christmas movies go, but we grew up on it and all love it; one chose Love Actually, which is fast becoming a classic in its own right.  And my kiddos, finally being old enough to have an opinion, chose Elf –  because it’s funny, and The Polar Express – because it’s pure magic.

There’s just something about a great story that warms your heart, and can magically take you back in time – especially at Christmas, which is why I think so many of the truly great seasonal stories resonate with so many of us, and can be watched again and again and again.

So, without further ado, I present – for your viewing pleasure – our family’s Christmas Movie Checklist!  I know I haven’t included every great holiday movie out there – this is just what my family came up with – and I would love to hear what your favourite Christmas movies are! What would you add to this Christmas Movie Checklist?

 

Christmas Movie (1)


August is here! Be part of (5)