Summer Anti-Bucket List
Yesterday, I discussed my bucket list for this summer. The list included activities I want to use to create fun, family memories with my children. They included visiting a U-Pick Farm, the beach, the library, the bowling alley, and the Museum of Science and Industry.
My older children aren’t able to get out of the house much, so I always try to plan activities for them that are fun, physical, and because I’m a mom and a nerd, that are also educational.
My goal is to provide everyone with really exciting memories they will look back on for years to come. I want them to remember that I loved them so much that I put aside my busy schedule, and my mom-exhaustion, to have fun with them.
However, there are some “typical” summer activities that I will definitely NOT be doing this summer. I don’t care how many summer bucket lists include them…they are SO not going on the bucket list for this household.
Summer Anti-Bucket List
Bugs, dirt, wild animals, and mosquitoes, OH MY! I remember that I loved camping as a child… but as an adult, it just does NOT appeal to me.
Not only am I a borderline germaphobe, but I don’t have the patience to put up a tent. Have you ever seen a family camping movie where they were able to quickly construct a tent?? Nope, me neither. I have the patience and attention span of a gnat.
Even worse, there are wild animals in the woods! Yes, we could hide the food in the tent with us… but then the bears will come looking for it. No, no, and HELL no!!
The ABSOLUTE worst part… what if we can’t find a site that is close to the bathrooms? I’ve had six children; a very close bathroom is a must.
Even then, I would still have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Please see the paragraph about wild animals above.
I know, I’m a wuss. I’m comfortable with that.
I am not a big car person. I’ve driven from Florida to Indiana (and back) three times and it was the worst HELL. I don’t like driving… not even the 10 minutes it takes to get to work.
The amount of planning that goes into a road trip is overwhelming. I could write a post (or two) about the planning involved with taking a long road trip. Just the planning process alone is exhausting.
Furthermore, I wasn’t born with the patience to sit for long periods of time… and I like to look at my surroundings. It’s very hard to do that and pay attention to the road at the same time.
In addition, I have a bladder the size of a pea. I can turn a 10-hour trip into a 24-hour trip because I will have to stop at every rest stop along the way.
It’s just easier to stay home.
Ok, this one isn’t really fair. It’s not that I don’t plan on hiking nature trails… it’s that we do them every single weekend so it wouldn’t exactly be fair to enter it on my bucket list. It would be kind of like cheating.
I LOVE hiking trails. The peace and tranquility is just amazing (even if you consider the wild animals and poisonous EVERYTHING lurking everywhere.)
There isn’t a stress that can’t be forgotten with a hike through nature… the longer the better!
Ok, let me get this straight. You want me to take a jar and PURPOSEFULLY catch bugs with it! Bugs that have germs and diseases and that are gross!
I’m a momma of boys, and should be used to bugs (and lizards, frogs, worms, etc.) by now, but NOOOOOO, I refuse! Blech!
In theory, this would be awesome. I love laying outside under the stars, and searching for shooting stars. I can’t tell the constellations apart to save my life, but I have fun trying. The planetarium at MOSI is my favorite exhibit!
However, I live in Florida. Florida has mosquitos. Mosquitos carry Viral Meningitis (which I have had… it’s not fun).
Furthermore, I have two boys that can’t sit still… even if you promise them ice cream. It wouldn’t be relaxing and by the end, I would be so stressed out that I’d miss the shooting star that passed the sky right when I turn to tell Gage to stop poking Michael in the ear.
What activities do you refuse to participate in this summer?