While the temperature outside may still denote Summer, my school calendar does not. A new Happy Planner has been purchased and pre-pre-planning is underway. I have to go back to work a little bit earlier these days…however it is easy to get back into the school year swing when you absolutely love your job AND when the one who helps with Addie during the day is the same woman who raised you (thanks MOM)!
We had another epic Summer in the Harvey household complete with trips to Disney World, a cruise to Mexico, time spent at the Lake and Beach. It’s a wonder that we were able to complete anything on our Summer Bucket List with all that extra fun…but Addie and I are pros at this bucket list thing. Check out of progress this Summer!
Here is the list for this year:
Make a stepping stone- Bought the supplies, but not yet completed. I will post picks with the finished product!
Collect and paint rocks- CHECK!
Visit the Trampoline Park- CHECK!
Paint Pottery- CHECK! Addie did such a great job. The lady who works there noted how much patience she had painting all of her pieces.
Create a spa night at home- CHECK! Aunt Mer took us to a neat place that allows you to customize and create your own bath scrubs and oils. We used these and some samples of spa lotions and nail polish that we got for free the same day.
Go to a summer matinee- CHECK! We saw Cars III….not my favorite Disney movie, but a Disney movie is better than almost anything else out so I call it a win.
Have a Random Acts of Kindness Day- I really like doing this, but it is so much more fun as a group. I will add it to the Fall Bucket List to redeem ourselves!
Tie dye- CHECK!
Have a picnic/tea party- CHECK! This was Addie’s first-official-non-pretend Tea Party. She LOVED it!
Go sea shelling in St. Augustine- CHECK (sort of). We went to Fernandina instead and there were VERY FEW shells.
Make homemade pizza- NOPE.
Make jewelry- CHECK! Addie made a necklace and bracelet with her name on it and all.
Go to the beach with friends- CHECK!
Have a lazy day around the house- CHECK! We actually had several of these….until I decide I can’t stand being cooped up and we go head to town or anywhere.
Go to a U-pick farm- CHECK! This year we actually picked tomatoes. YUM!
Go to the open studio hours at a local kids art studio (Henny Penny or Scribble Art Studio)- NOPE. Maybe sometime soon?
All in all it was a great Summer. I can’t wait for many more with this little chick!
With only 940 Saturdays between birth to 18 I want to make sure I savor each and every one in Addie’s life whether we are adventuring around the world or our hometown, I want to hold on to these precious moments. Some weekends we celebrate the mundane….but the last two weekends have been extra-special.
Elijah Clark State Park Weekend Adventure
We camped, we ate Mexican AND Italian (who says Lake Life can’t have some global flare), we tie dyed, and we swam and played!
Day Trip to Downtown Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach
We have played “tea party” in the bath tub, playroom, at Mimi’s house, and just about everywhere. Addie has made raspberry, peach, blueberry, chocolate, and even the occasional broccoli and carrot tea. This week Addie, Mimi, and I had a chance to have our very own real tea party. Look at the pictures below. I think it is safe to say that it was a great experience, and I am sure will become at the very least an annual tradition!
Today went down in the books as another fun summer day with Addie and family! Her cousin Aubrey is in town for the 4th. They swam until they dropped today at the Splash in the Boro.
While I do like celebrating Independence Day in the USA, I have to admit that I do miss bringing in the 4th in Ireland while Waring and I were on our honeymoon EIGHT years ago. I miss this place… Maybe we will make it back there for our 10th year anniversary. A girl can dream….
5 Reasons Why I Love Ireland (and you should too):
Round-abouts and left-sided driving make everything more interesting
Bed & Breakfasts are WAAAY cooler than hotels. Each host is a treasure trove of knowledge and each place seems to have a sweet dog as their mascot.
Small town vibes are everywhere. You can explore the country by traveling from town to town and not feel overwhelmed.
Absolute 360 degrees of beauty EVERYWHERE you look.
When the heat index is over 100 degrees here in Georgia….the high is a crisp 60 degrees in Galway.
Another glorious summer is here! As an educator, Summer is the season of life in which we can stay up late, pretend for a little while that we are stay at home moms, finally get to that overdue spring cleaning, READ, be the fun mom that you wanted to be all year, cook actual meals that aren’t from a box, can, or freezer, and reconnect with family and friends. Yes, summer sabbaticals are amazing. They recharge our batteries and allow us to hit the ground running at 110% come August!
Summer is great, but it doesn’t last! In order to make the most of each summer day with Addie I find it helpful to create a bucket list (of course….). In years to come I think it will be even more fun as she will get to come up with unique and crazy adventures to add to our list each year as well.
Here is the list for this year:
Make a stepping stone (We did this last year, so I would like to make it a yearly tradition).
Collect and paint rocks
Visit the Trampoline Park
Create a spa night at home
Go to a summer matinee
Have a Random Acts of Kindness Day
Have a picnic/tea party
Go sea shelling in St. Augustine
Make homemade pizza
Go to the beach with friends
Have a lazy day around the house
Go to a U-pick farm
Go to the open studio hours at a local kids art studio (Henny Penny or Scribble Art Studio)
We still have a little bit more time before I go back to school. I will be sure to post our accomplishments then! What’s on your list this summer?