Friday, August 31, 2012

summer bucket list: kicked

now that school has begun, we are pretty much finished with our 2012 summer bucket list.  while we didn't accomplish every one (we saved some for next year!), we did just about everything in the bucket, and had a very full summer doing it!  sometimes, my nature is to want to sit on the couch and watch old steelers games for the 47th time while the children entertain themselves, but shannon does a good job of making sure we stay busy and connected and make some memories that will not only be a part of their lives for years to come, but will also be a significant part of the foundation of who they are and who they are becoming.  from goofy golf to camping to doing an abc scavenger hunt, we tried all sorts of things.  science experiments, lego challenges, nature hikes, spelunking, and more were the hallmarks of our summer.  and some of these things, like ice cream for dinner, have become family traditions which will likely be a part of their family memories forever. 

it is a high calling to lead these young boys in growing up, and demonstrating a life filled with work and play, with wonder and joy.  i often fail, but, by the grace of God, somehow we also succeed at times, and it is so fun to be a part of all of it. 


Happy said...

Sit and watch old Steeler games for the 47th!

I often get frustrated with Derek when he can sit and watch old games on the NFL Network. I'm like, "You already know how it is going to end!"

I am obviously not as hardcore as you guys.

Based on all the things in your bucket, I would say you had a full and blessed summer!

Emoly said...

I think that is a great idea!!! I'm going to borrow some of the bucket list components for youth group (hm, maybe the whole idea would work!)

The memories these boys will have of their childhood will be fantastic!