Summer bucket list

I love summer. It’s maybe not fresh and exciting like spring, or cozy and comfortable like fall, but it’s easy to feel happy when the days are long, hot and sunny.

I’ve been thinking about making a summer bucket list. I feel like too often I don’t plan ahead enough and miss out on some of the neat things summer has to offer. It’s walking the fine line between fun and doable – I don’t want to set my sights on several Pinterest picks that are just out of my league, time and perfection wise. I do want to make sure we enjoy each day as much as we can and I want to get outside and do things we all like.

Luckily a few of my bloggie buddies here in O-town have been doing this for years! I checked out their lists (Lynn at Turtlehead, and Kamerine at Life of K – do the same, especially if your kids are a bit older than my 2 year old!)

I also Googled a bit and perused a book I picked up recently called 150 Screen Free Activities to come up with a list of summer activities for toddlers. Here goes!

Summer bucket list

Strawberry picking
Splash pad
Farmers market
Burnstown beach
Swim at an outdoor pool
Spray sidewalk chalk
Paint outdoors with foam paint
Homemade ice cream
Wash the car
Fire Station visit
Picnic at Andrew Haydon Park

red head red car

I have a few other things I want to tackle, for me:

New blog design
Make 5 new recipes
Try 3 new restaurants
Take photos downtown
Redo my office space
Make our tiny backyard better for playing

Think I’m overestimating what I’ll be able to pack in? You’re probably right. Especially since it took me until July to come up with my list! But I won’t feel bad if I don’t get to it all, so there’s no harm in trying. Happy summer days to you!


And it’s July!

Canada Day in stroller

Quick Canada Day wrap up before it slips on by. Tonight is the first night in about 3 weeks that I’ve been able to sit in front of my computer, dog curled at my feet, a load of laundry already chugging and the kitchen mostly clean by 8pm. Bed time keeps on dragging and I think it might be time to say good-bye to the daily nap. We’re not ready! But if he is…not much else to be done, I guess.

It worked out today because of our Canada Day adventures! And by adventures I mean a mostly relaxing day off in which we hung around and played a lot. We attempted a nap and after an hour of tossing and turning gave up, then at 4pm our little trooper passed out in the car. He continued to snooze on the couch at my in-laws, which worked out ok since it made him in a decent mood by 5:30pm when we strolled to check out the festivities nearby. After we took a very expensive teacup ride, we played at the park for a bit, with J clambering up to the slide, sitting at the top long enough to sing the Paw Patrol theme song under his breath, then sliding down to start all over again.

We headed home for a late dinner, enjoying the roast beef and laughing at J’s reaction to the mini potatoes, served whole. He was so delighted to be eating ‘a ball!!’ that I made a mental note to concoct some kind of veggie mashup in ball formation in our near future.

Finally it was time for the main event. We’d been talking about fireworks and I was pretty sure he’d get a kick out of them, and we drove out to a nearby hill to get a good viewing spot. As soon as we’d set up in the dark, his noise blocking earphones intact, he sat in his tiny lawn chair only to leap up in amazement as the first one went off. I couldn’t stop laughing at him – he was so enthusiastic, watching closely, and reminding us in the car the whole way home about the BING-POP-BOOM Wow! Hot!!

I wasn’t sure if keeping him up would be such a great move, but he pulled through, going to be after 11pm (cringe) and sleeping in long enough today that missing his nap made sense. So here we are, and I’m looking forward to more good times as July comes along.

Happy Canada Day!

Birthday weekend recap

I’m not really one to make a big deal over a birthday and if I end up sitting listening to music or thinking of the year past, or even putting up a tent with family, I’m happy. I’ll admit though that the stars aligned and it was kind of nice to have an extended celebration this weekend!

My sister ended up coming to town for work on Friday and so she was able to join me and 3 other friends for a fundraising event at a local hotel. Tyler was playing, so we watched and gabbed and had a few free drinks. It was nice to just get out and catch up a bit. We also stayed at the hotel overnight and had a luxuriously fancy breakfast in the morning before picking up the little guy.

ladies Brookstreet

eggs benedict brookstreet

Saturday stretched into a day of getting things done. We recently painted and got new curtains, freshening up our walk out basement area (Tyler’s studio) and my sister and her husband got to work. Between that room and our living room, me fetching photos I’d framed 8 months ago, they hung 3 paintings, 3 mirrors and 19 photos, plus a shelf. Teamwork! My brother, his wife, and my mom came for dinner too – we picked up tacos from a new food truck nearby, and they surprised me with an ice cream cake.

mirror hanging

frame gallery


blow out the candles

Sunday morning found us at my mom’s per usual, having breakfast and a nice long play outside in the common area behind her townhouse. Julian picked up a stick and a plastic bag blew towards him, catching onto the end of it and he thought it was the best thing ever, swatting and swooping and playing with it. Sometimes I wish he’d sit and play more with regular toys, but I’m also glad he finds creative ways to entertain himself outside.

After his aunt and uncle had to go make the drive home, Baby J obliged nicely by taking a 3 hour long nap, giving me lots of time to clean and get food ready! We had a house concert here Sunday night, a way for Tyler to play some new songs and for us to have some cousins, grandparents, and friends over. It was a nice way to fill up our newly decorated space and we filmed the whole thing for later use.

Now Monday, my actual birthday, was a pretty typical day after a weekend of running around and visiting, eating, cleaning, and playing. Back to the weekly grind of day time chores, work, laundry, smiles and soap bubbles, missed naps and night time cuddles. Plus a nice new necklace. I’m a lucky girl!