How I Did on My Summer Bucket List

I think I did pretty well with my bucket list!  Mid-way through the summer I did read through it and decided there were a few things I no longer wanted to do but that's the fun of these lists.  I'm in charge! 


1. Go kayaking-- Check! We only managed a few short rides but at least we got out there. 






2. Enjoy a weekend away with my husband for my birthday-- Check! We had the best time in Kennebunkport. 




3. Go birthday shopping with my mom- Check! We went shopping at the Warwick Mall and I found some decent sales/deals. Then we had a delicious lunch at Longhorn complete with a delicious dessert. 

We went to the Warwick Mall 




4. Get together with my college bestie-- Check! We met up for lunch and enjoyed an afternoon at Harkness park. 





5. Visit our friends at their beachside summer rental-- Check! We had the best day at the shore! 





6. Visit another college (or 2!) with Alec-- Check! We went to check out the CIA and Alec spent 3 nights and 4 days at Johnson and Wales living in their dorms and baking in the bakery.  He loved it. 






7. Paint again-- whether it's a canvas, a rock, some watercolors, I don't really care I just want to start painting something again-- Check! It took me until the week before school started (and uncovering a whole bin of artwork from college!) before I pulled everything out and spent an afternoon playing around with my watercolors. 

8. Make macarons-- Check! (though this was completely Alec's doing, I just watched and learned)






9. Go strawberry &/or blueberry picking-- Check! We picked strawberries and talked about going blueberry picking but honestly we still have blueberries in our freezer that we never used. 




10.  Go for a walk on the beach-- Check!  I got to do this twice! Once with my friend Jen and her 2 girlfriends when we were at their summer rental and once with my husband in Kennebunkport. 

In Rhode Island with my girlfriends

In Maine with my husband


11.  Try at least 2 new restaurants-- Check! With 2 vacation falling during summer we tried out LOTS of new restaurants.. I was going to list them but we honestly tried out so many that I just can not remember the names of everywhere we ate!  

Here are a few: 

  1. In Maine: Big Daddy's Ice Cream, Satellite Doughnuts, Mornings in Paris, Barnacle Billy's, Mike's All Day Breakfast, Mabel's Lobster Claw, Sweat Pea's Ice Cream 
  2. In Virginia: Old 33 Beer and Burger (best burgers I've had in a long time!), Kline's Dairy Bar, Hanks Grill and Catering (yummy BBQ!), Romano's Italian Bistro (amazingly fresh and good!), Spottswood Dining Room,   
  3. In New York: Apple Pie Bakery inside the CIA, Rj's Steak & Seafood.  
  4. In  Rhode Island: Olneyville New York System

Lunch at The Boathouse in Kennebunkport


RJ's Steak and Seafood in Chatham NY (Such fresh, yummy food!)

12. Have friends & family over for a little cookout-- Check! My aunt and her husband came up from North Carolina and my Uncle Jerry came up from Florida and we hosted a big family cookout.  It was so much fun!

We played lots of card games

enjoyed so many games of cornhole 

Some went fishing

Some went jet skiing


13. Make ice cream-- Nope! I decided 1/2 way through the season that we were eating plenty of ice cream between all the ice cream stands we kept vising and trying out that I didn't want to make any and have an excuse to eat even more.  We did make some watermelon sherbet though!

14. Squeeze in some summer hikes-- Check!  It was a really rainy summer so a few of our favorite hiking trails were flooded out and the mosquitoes seemed extra bad this year but we still managed to hike at least once a week or so. 





15. Watch some fireworks-- Check!  We went to the town fireworks and ate ice cream while watching them over the river. 




16.  Play cornhole-- Check! We dragged out our boards for the cookout and nearly everyone had a turn playing.  

17. Play mini golf-- Nope!  I thought this was going to be so easy to check off the list but out of both of our vacation we saw zero mini golf places!  

18. Read a book while relaxing outside- Check! I read SO many books this summer and almost always got to sit out on our deck any day that wasn't raining. 



19. Go to the movies- Check! We went to see Indiana Jones & the Dial of Destiny, 

20. Watch the sunset (or sunrise!)-- Check!




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Comments

  1. You did great! I'm the same way - I re-read my list and realize some things are no longer an item for me. What a wonderful summer!

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  2. You did so many fun and great things this summer. You lived your best summer life- love all the books, hikes and fun treats you had this summer. So exciting about college for your son and the decisions that need to be made soon! Have a great Monday.

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  3. I love lists. Adding, subtracting items, and checking off the accomplishments. Sounds like you had a wonderful summer. #MMBC

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  4. What a full, rewarding and precious summer! I love all those checkmarks! And Alec with those macaroons oh my goodness amazing!

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    1. It sure was! Those macaroons were amazing... I'm trying to talk him into trying a new kind soon.

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  5. Great job completing everything AND having fun while doing it! You had such an amazing summer :)

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  6. I love your list and I love that you got to do so much. I would certainly wish to do many of the same things.

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  7. It sounds like you had a great summer, well done with your bucket list.
    The kayaking looks like a lot of fun and the break away look lovely. Well done to Alec with the macarons, they look amazing!

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    1. Thanks! Those macarons were amazing-- so sweet and so flavorful.

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  8. The macarons look so good. Great job on your list!

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  9. You did a great job on your bucket list! What a great summer :)

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  10. What a great bucket list! The macarons look amazing, they are on my list to try (to make) one day.

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    1. They weren't nearly as hard as I thought they'd be... just time consuming.

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  11. Wow, Joanne what a nice summer you had and checked off most of it!
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  12. You did a lot of fun stuff this summer! I feel like you don't see as many mini golf places as there used to be. Making ice cream is good and is a fun activity once in a while but I don't feel like I've ever found a recipe that is any better than any ice cream you can buy at the store.

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    1. That's how I felt about the homemade ice cream.... plus we really did not need any more in our lives.

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  13. You had a great summer and got so much checked off your list. I admire that all the things you had on your list really add quality to your life. Also? I think you live in the absolute best place! The views are amazing and so much nature!! I love it!
    💗Kellyann

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  14. What an amazing summer! I love seeing your beautiful vacation pictures.

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  15. You did a brilliant job.. checked off most of your bucket list activities. Makes for a pretty great summer.

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    1. Thanks! It felt good to check everything off and it did make for a great summer.

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    1. you don't have to do it but can sit back and watch. Great summer bucket list
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      Jodie

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    2. Yes! The ones where I can sit back and watch are wonderful.

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  17. I love this idea of a summer bucket list! Looks like you had a lot of fun this summer.

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    1. Thank you! I tend to make them each season so I remember to make time for all the fun stuff too.

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  18. Wow! You accomplished so much this summer! Your son is certainly an accomplished baker? Has he made any decisions re: school yet?

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    1. We're waiting to hear back from the schools at this point and then he'll make a decision.

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  19. What a fantastic summer you had! Fresh strawberries, mmmm! And miniature golf..... we always say when we go to England that we are going to play. And we never do. And I love that game so much!

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    1. I like to play mini golf too; though I am not very good at it.

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  20. Sounds and looks like a great summer! Have you started your Fall Bucket List?

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    1. I have written it up and will post it on Friday... but I haven't actually crossed anything off it yet.

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    1. We did pack in a lot of fun... and lots of activities.

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  22. This was fun to read! I'm working on my summer bucket list post too. Yours is so inspring!

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  23. You had a wonderful summer! I only kayaked once and need to get out one more time before it's too cold. Those macaroons look amazing!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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    1. We only kayaked maybe two or three times total; which is pretty unusual for us!

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  24. What a great summer bucket list accomplished: lots of fun happenings! I am always amazed at your son's baking: he is so talented!
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    1. Aw, thank you! I love seeing his skills at work.

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  25. Looks like you completed most on your list and had fun too! Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedLinkParty 130. Pinned.

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  26. I love the beach pictures, and I've always wanted to try and make macarons they look so good!

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    1. He did an amazing job with those. They are oh so delicious.

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  27. Way to go, y'all almost completed the whole thing! Those macarons look like they turned out amazing. They look so fluffy and perfect!

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    1. They were SO good! I keep telling him he needs to try a new flavor.

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  28. Wow...Joanne - sounds like you had an amazing summer! And checked quite a few things off your bucket list I'd say! Been to Kennebunkport many times...and have cousins in Augusta & Bangor. Both hubby & I grew up on the Canadian/Maine border...we would love to do an October trip to Maine for our 40th anniversary next month!! (providing there are no hurricanes lurking). Have an awesome week!!

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    1. Oh that would be wonderful! Maine is so beautiful in October too.

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  29. So many fun things you've managed to tick off your list Joanne! Well done.

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  30. You did well to tick so many things on your bucket list. Loved the kayaking photos - the stillness of canoeing through a waterway always makes me happy.

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  31. What an enjoyable bucket list! The park walk and veach walk with your friend(s?) look fantastic! And the food 😍

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    1. Aw, thank you! It was so wonderful to spend the day walking on the beach with friends.

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  32. What an awesome Summer. I hope it sustains you through till next time. I loved seeing the beach photos. I miss being able to easily access a beach for walking like I could back closer to the coast. However, I will make an effort to do so as our summer arrives. I always appreciate your linking up to #WWandPics this week and thanks for sharing your post. I hope to see you next Wednesday too. Warm wishes, Denyse.

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    1. I don't get to the beach very often either but I do love visiting the coast.

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  33. Joanne, great job completing most of the activities on your summer bucket list. Way to go. I loved seeing all your family did. How fun getting to visit with family.
    Visiting today from Happy Now 391 #26&27

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  34. Sounds like a wonderful summer! You got so many things checked off! Thank you for visiting Tell It To Me Tuesday! I hope to see you again this week.

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  35. Hi, Joanne. Wanted to say thank you for adding me to your linked up section. Also wanted to let you know this post will be featured at the next Gma'sPhoto LinkUp Party #9 | LinkUp Your Own Party which opens at midnight central time.

    Take care and best wishes.

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  36. Your bucket list included such a variety of summer goodness! I loved every photo... what awesome memories you made!

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