Skidmore Family 2023 Summer Bucket List | Knoxville, Tennessee

It’s Summer!!!! ☀️

A chance to relive your childhood, eat way too much ice cream, and stock up on SPF 50.

I’m a big fan of embracing the seasons (you’ve heard of my seasonal pillow obsession, yes?!). There’s a reason eating cake, blowing out candles, balloons, and opening presents makes it feel more like a birthday. 

That’s how I want each season to feel in our family. Establishing rhythms, routines, repeatable patterns aka Traditions! 

Now that we have Madelyn, I’m even more determined to create traditions in our home for each new season. One way that I’m doing that this summer is by creating a Summer Bucket list! 

And while a “bucket list” may feel like a lot of pressure to you, for me it’s a way to name our priorities in this season, the intentional memories we want to create, and LET GO to all other expectations. 

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While these bucket list items are local to our area, I hope they spark some fun ideas of things you’d like to do this summer in your local area!


Skidmore Family 2023 Summer Bucket list | Knoxville, Tennessee

Annual Summer Traditions: 

  1. First day of Summer Pelican’s Snoballs 
  2. Ice cream Fridays (visit Cruze Family Farm atleast once)
  3. Rent Kayaks and explore the lake! Concord Park 
  4. Fun Fest! Balloon launch, Fireworks & concert
  5. Jonesborough Days for our favorite July 4th parade! 
  6. Visit Dollywood
  7. Skidmore Family Beach Trip
  8. Just us Beach Trip
  9. Switch out seasonal home decor
  10. Read the Summer edition of Magnolia Journal

Fun Ideas I’d like to do this Year: 

  1. Rhododendron Festival at Roan Mountain
  2. Drive in Movie
  3. Play Putt Putt Golf 
  4. Pick Strawberries
  5. Find a lavender field!
  6. Plant an herb or vegetable garden
  7. Weekly trips to the pool or splash pad!
  8. Outdoor Concert!
  9. Get a Sprinkler and watch MJ run through it
  10. Eat Popsicles
  11. Eat Watermelon
  12. Weekly Movie night
  13. Eat lunch from a food truck (atleast once!) 

Some other ideas (when Madelyn is older) 

  1. Safety City (elementary age) 
  2. Float the River Townsend TN River Rat (3+)
  3. Camping!

Things we have done in the past (not on our 2023 list) 

  1. Synchronous Fireflies Smoky Mountain National Park 

I hope you are able to slow down, take the pressure off, and soak up these sunny days with your family.




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