2016 Summer Bucket List
Does your family have special things they like to do in the summer? What about a bucket list for those moments when you hear, "I'm bored?" Let's face it, sometimes when I hear that *bored* statement, I know it is my kids' own fault. But there are other times I hear that *bored* statement, and I have to agree that our days have been filled with appointments and schedules, not summer-minded things. And when I hear the *bored* statement after appointment/scheduled days, I tell my kids, "Let's figure out what we could do from the bucket list."
Our boys LOVE to have a good water balloon fight, so that's a quick "GO TO" for me when I hear "I'm bored." When I first saw BunchOBalloons I will admit that I thought SCAM! Yet, I am here to tell you, they are the greatest and easiest water balloons I have ever run across! I try to keep a pack on-hand at all times. Water balloons are a great summer activity! The best part of these balloons is that the boys can do ALL of it -- including the tying (as the balloons self tie) all by themselves!
Here is our 2016 Bucket List:
There are big things like a trip to Vegas & Water World (a local water park here in Denver). There are smaller things like playing in the water at Central Park & making Jello. We've already gotten to mark off a few items. Yet, big or small, all of these things help fill the days of summer; more importantly, they make memories! When I think of B already being in the double digits of age, I am quickly reminded that I only have 8 more summers with him until he leaves for college. Then my heart hurts, my mind gets foggy, and I want to crawl into bed and stop time. It's in these moments, that I know I need to make as much of our summer and memory making as I can.
Speaking of memories, I recently saw a photo of a friend's little girl holding an ice cream cone cupcake. I have fond memories of my mom making these for me. And a particular memory of our church group going down to Friendship Park (in Jacksonville) for a picnic lunch where my mom brought these to celebrate my summer birthday. As I reflected on this happy time, it occurred to me that I have never made these treats for my boys. It is something on our Summer Bucket List. They are easy. Here is a recipe for you to use with your family. Enjoy!
Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes 1 box cake mix (your flavor choice)
ingredients called for on the box mix (usually water, oil, and eggs)
24 flat-bottom ice cream cones
1 container frosting (any flavor)
Sprinkles (if desired)
Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans).
Make batter as instructed on the box.
Place ice cream cones standing up in muffin tins or on cookie sheet and fill each 1/2 full with batter.
Bake approximately 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Generously frost cake with frosting, and decorate as desired. Store loosely covered.