Friday, May 23, 2014

Big Plans for Summer Fun!

In MN, it appears we are foregoing spring and transitioning straight from winter to summer. I'll call it sprinter. Admittedly, our sprinter has been crazy. nuts. insane. you get the idea. At any rate, we've (I've) only had the mental capacity to think about doing what must be done on the day we're smack dab in the middle of. It's not ideal, but it's gotten us through this batch of crazy, so hallelujah!

Now we're in between crazy. We have a plan of action with Audrey. The house is cleaned up and on the market, but not yet sold. We can kind of think and plan ahead and we're thinking summer! Here's our complete list of 103 Super Fun Things to do this Summer from last year. And here are some pictures of our ridiculously fantastic fun!

bird class at eloise butler wildflower garden

frozen yogurt

arch selfie in St. Louis

captains of the Mark Twain riverboat in Hannibal, MO

watch a (cold as heck) parade
grill peaches
visit a state park (Wilderness State Park)
It was an ambitious plan, but it was the right year for it. The kids were 5, 7, and 9. We had no naptimes and the kids were much more flexible. We knew it was our last year without a diaper bag and naps and squawking, awkwardly mobile baby for a while so we decided to make the most of it. We got through about 80 of our 100 items and had a blast together exploring new places and visiting old favorites, cooking new recipes, reading new books, and learning new things. We had a wonderful summer and the memories I have from it still get me all warm and fuzzy.

This summer is definitely different. We have a crawling baby and a house on the market and a summer that may include an across the country move and two boys in baseball and one girl in softball. For logistical and financial and lazy summer, minimal scheduling reasons, we're cutting back on our summer adventures. We'll stick closer to home, but I'm certain we'll have big fun and make lots of memories, made all the more special by the fact that we'll get to share our adventures with our Asher boy.

I'd say the key to success is knowing your crowd and their tolerance for running around and being off of their schedules. It's no fun to go to a waterskiing show that starts at 7 pm if you have a toddler who NEEDS to go to bed at 7:30. Then she's screaming and you're mad that you spent all this time trying to have fun and make memories and no one, repeat, NO ONE is having any fun. On the other hand, let's say your toddler recently dropped his morning nap. You're now free to hit up a new kid friendly bookstore for that really cool 10 am story hour you've been hearing about. You might even visit a new park for a picnic and some swinging before heading home for a much-needed afternoon nap.

We've started our list and I'm glad to report that so far three of them involve ice cream. Clearly we have our priorities in check. Have a looksie. . .

We're looking forward to a summer of fun!

I'm linking up with Kelly's Korner today for Show Us Your Life. If you're reading for the first time, thanks for stopping by. I'd love to hear from you.

What's on your summer to-do list? 

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