What up peeps?!? We just got back from our (almost) free family trip to Jamaica, and I hate to brag, but it was Awwwesoooommmme!

Our winter wasn’t as bad as some other parts of the country, but after a cold last few months, it was amazeballs to sit on the beach and soak up some rays. The weather was beautiful. The hospitality was fantastic (more on that in the next few weeks). And, nothing beats spending days on end relaxing and playing with my family. It is honestly what I live for!

All of that fun in the sun gets me itching for summer! The backyard barbeques. The trips. The pool. I can’t wait. So, I thought you and I could share some of our summer bucket list items with each other. What do you say? I’ll go first!

Spend Countless Hours at the Pool

One of the things that I love most about our house is the neighborhood pool. Seriously, I never knew how much fun a pool could be. I was never much of a pool person growing up. Even in my college years, I didn’t spend much time there. Now that I have kids, it is one of my favorite places to be. I love spending hours each evening and weekend watching my girls splash around and enjoy their youth. Seeing the world through their innocent eyes is such an incredible joy, and it is a joy that I want to capture for as long as I possibly can. Every day, they continue to grow older, and I’m trying to savor every last drop. Now that I work at home, I’m so excited to be able to spend every weekend playing in the water with Holly and the kids!

Watch the Sunset Over the Pacific Ocean

For all of the traveling that we’ve done over the last few years, I have yet to see the Pacific Ocean. That’s about to change, and I’m def crossing it off my bucket list this summer. This summer, Holly and I are going to swing down the left coast for a few days. I can’t wait to sprint into the cool surf Hasselhoff style and take in a beautiful Southern California sunset with my bae. We’ll be staying in Laguna Beach, which should be pretty sick! Holly is hoping to meet up with Lauren Conrad at Pinkberry. I’m more of a Lo fan, myself. (If you need help with that reference, look that one up here.)

Playing in the World Series of Poker

Here in the Johnson household, we love ourselves some card games. We play all types of cards, from Crazy 8’s to Hand and Foot. Still, our favorite card game is poker. It can be a fun family game, although that’s not the case in our house. When it comes to Texas Hold’em, it is every man/woman/guest for themselves.

We’ve been playing all types of poker games for about 10 years or so. I’ve read all of the strategy books (yes, I’m a nerd) and I used to be quite good. Although my mad skillz have diminished some from playing less the past couple of years, entering a WSOP tournament has always been a dream of mine. As a stroke of sheer coincidence, Holly and I are traveling to Las Vegas in July…shortly after the World Series of Poker!!! I doubt I will play in any fancy or expensive tournaments, but I can probably talk Holly into letting me play a $50 buy-in tournament with some fun money. Maybe.

Take My Daughter Fishing

And, for my final summer bucket list trick…(drum roll)…I want to take my daughter fishing. She has been asking to go fishing for about a year, so that is definitely on the to do list this summer. Of course, she’s just turning 6, so it will probably only last about 10 minutes. Still, I think she’ll really enjoy it…especially if we catch anything. When we head to Minnesota, I know her grandpa and grandma will happily make sure this happens while we are there.

So there you have it, my summer bucket list for 2015! What’s on your bucket list this summer? I would love to hear about it. Let me know in the comments below! And if you need any frugal travel tips, be sure to check out our “Travel Rewards Advice” page to receive your personal plan!

What is your 2015 Summer Bucket List?

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