I am no stranger to having the added responsibility of children. I work a demanding job at an investment manager, between my husband and I we have three kids. One kid turned into two. And last year two kids turned into three. Although we paced ourselves for the growth of our family we are now officially outnumbered.
Most days that means, outsized laughter, oversized fun and an abundance of hugs, kisses and cuddles. But some days.. some days we feel it. Some days we are just plain spent by the time the sun sets.
And then, I stumbled upon minimalism. Just at the right time. It has helped to me to keep organized and focused during those days where we are feeling the weight of three kids, three schedules, three different personalities and three sets of needs. But it means that we don't waste time on 'things" and "stuff". Because the true cost of anything, is the amount of life we trade for it.
So yes, our countertops are bare, but that means little hands can wipe them down easier.
There is clothing for five, but it means that clothes are downsized and organized in a way that little people can find what they need, when they need.
And, there are a lot less toys; but, the toys that are kept are special and are well loved
But most of all minimalism means we have more time to spend doing things together as a family. And that is where the true value lies: More time to do more of what you love with those you love to do it with.
We started the Summer Bucket List tradition many years ago, but it means so much more this summer. We purposely "un-busied" ourselves this summer: no swimming lessons, no dance class, no tennis lessons. Just us and our Summer Bucket List.
So what's a summer bucket list? At the onset of each summer we sit down and compile a list of things we want to do or accomplish before the summer is out. We let the kids let their imaginations run wild and see what they come up with and we throw in a few extras ourselves!
Over the years we have enjoyed anything from a family hike to swimming in the caves. Dessert before dinner and spending the whole day in our PJs. We don't subscribe to a finite number of things, just whatever we would like to do as a family with our summers. We have so much fun crossing the items off the list and we make so many lasting memories along the way.
Some of this summer's favorites include:
Popsicles for lunch and
Learning more Spanish!
If you think this is a good idea, and your kids would love to create their own bucket list, share and send around to your family and friends! Lets start a wave of less scheduled summers and instead more summers filled with making memories and starting traditions that will live on forever!