Memorial Day has come and gone. Time to put on your white pants, your white shoes, your white hats…. and make a summer bucket list.
We have time booked down the Cape (I’d be happy if the only item on my summer bucket list was “be at the Cape as much as possible, if not more”) and a weekend in Maine for a wedding, but the rest of our summer is free for all sorts of adventures. Or naps.
Mini golf. We pass by the golf course at Franklin Park a few times a week and Grace is fascinated. She keeps asking if Uncle Christopher will take her (and a dog… presumably Clark?) golfing. I sort of think mini golf might be more our speed. Holiday Hill in Dennisport is an old favorite, but there’s also McGolf closer to the city, in Dedham.
Take a boat somewhere. Another special request from Grace.
Swimming lessons for both babes. We took a little hiatus when Nick was born, but he’s now old enough for class and Grace has missed taking lessons, so we’ve got them signed up for back-to-back classes. We spend so much time near the water (we live across the street from the ocean + my parents have a pool), that focusing on water safety is sort of a non-negotiable. Plus, lessons are fun. And baby bathing suits are ridiculous.
Visit a lighthouse.
Read 5+ beach books. I feel like I used to read 1,003 books each summer. And if I counted how many times I’ve read Elmo Goes to the Potty, I’d probably be close already. And it’s been less than 24 hours since Memorial Day. But I’m talking about real, actual, normal, grown-up books. Please let me know if you have recommendations!
Visit Martha’s Vineyard and/or Nantucket. Both are easy trips from the Cape… and require boat travel, thus checking off two bucket list items. I love being efficient (mostly because it’s a very rare occurrence these days).
Make a non-dangerous (if that’s possible) slip-n-slide. Maybe get helmets. And mouth guards.
Let’s start with a question: Where did the expression bucket list come from? (Please pause while I Google…) Hmm. Not a fruitful search. Ohhhhh….. it must have something to do with kicking the bucket, and like… things you want to do before that fateful day. One thing that is not on my summer bucket list: kicking the bucket.
Morbidity (and flaky inner monologue) aside, here are a few things I am hoping to accomplish before Labor Day rolls around.
Hiking in the Blue Hills – and by hiking, I likely mean the family friendly paved path… and a peek at the otters at the Trailside Museum.
Yoga outside – and lots of it.
SUP – Bonus points for SUP yoga. Side bar: I am convinced my sister, our cousin and I invented SUP. We used to take our families’ ocean kayaks out on the Cape, stand up, and think we were incredibly cool (we were). We called it “stand upon kayaking”… but maybe if we had abbreviated it to SUK it would have caught on? No.
See Wait Wait in person – Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! is going to be at Tanglewood in late August. I want to be there. Badly.
Run a new race – my broken toe is nearly unbroken, so I think it’s time to set my sights on a new goal and get training. Also, can I just say, broken toes are no joke. I like to think I have a pretty high pain tolerance (hello, labor and delivery), but maaaaaaan. You know when you stub your toe, and you get that feeling of I might throw up or I might pee? And then the feeling goes away and you’re fine (and hopefully you neither threw up nor peed)? It doesn’t go away when your toe is broken. And you have to wear an ugly boot. And suddenly this bucket list became a pity party.
Tackle unfinished (or in some cases, un-started) home projects – I have grand plans for our pantry and a few art projects in mind for Grace’s nursery. I’m looking forward to spending a few Summer Fridays getting crafty.
Go to a hot air balloon festival – according to the Internet, there are a bunch in New England this summer. This might be a reach, but I think it would be so cool to see a sky full of balloons. There used to be a few that would float over our house when I was growing up. It always felt like we were witnessing something magical (real magic… not the creepy, weird magician kind..).
Volunteer – Clark and I took some time off from our pet therapy visits in the weeks leading up to, and following, Grace’s arrival. I am looking forward to getting back in the swing of things at the hospital, and finding other ways to support our community.
Track 12 weeks of food and fitness – I’ve only ever successfully tracked my food intake for more than a day, like, once. It was back in my food allergy/elimination diet/what is wrong with my stomach days, and honestly… it was not fun. At the same time, it helped me see the choices I was making and the patterns I had fallen into, and how food affects my overall wellbeing. I think a bit of accountability and self-awareness will go a long way, especially as I try to make the best possible choices for me and Grace.
Welp, there you have it folks: my I hope I go to a ballon festival before kicking the bucket list.
P.S. I recently received a complimentary pair of Nectar sunnies. They’re fun and a bit flashy and very reasonably priced ($30 for a polarized pair, $20 for non-polarized). In other words, they’re the perfect accessory for checking off summer bucket list items. They were a bit big on Clark, but fit me perfectly. Looking for a pair of your own? Click here and use the code ‘lovenectar’ for 10% off.
Also On Tap for Today:
Planting a few more herbs for our little deck garden