I'm always a little wary of making a bucket list or something similar for a season, year, what have you, since I always seem to accomplish zip, but since we're still relatively new to Houston I want to encourage our little family to keep exploring the area and find some new things to do as well as things that will keep up with Olivia's ever growing abilities and attention span. I'd also like to get out of the house more during the week - Mama gets a little cabin crazy.
1. Go to the aquarium
We haven't visited the Houston aquarium yet (we are big fans of the zoo) and indoor activities are wise for Houston summers, so I anticipate we'll be there with our noses pressed up against glass like the cool kids we are.
2. Take Olivia to swim lessons
We did swim lessons last summer when she was about 6 months old and I'd like to start up again. I think a Y membership is in the works for us - she can swim and I can use the gym while she hangs out at the free childcare center...win, win folks.
Last year. If I ever, I mean ever consider bangs again, someone use bodily force to stop me if necessary. Mean it.
3. Get our backyard set up
I have dreams of a lounge area with a dining table, grill, and fire pit where we can relax after a rousing game of corn hole. It's going to take some time (and let's be real, some $) to make it happen so I'll be picking away at it.
4. Roast marshmallows and make s'mores
This is a summer duh and see above.
5. Take Olivia hiking
This will be a Maine activity for one of our visits. Our family lives about an hour from Bar Harbor and there are some beautiful walking/hiking trails there that look out on the ocean. I'm not a huge nature lover, but I love this (and the fact that we always stop for second breakfast at Jordan's on the way home).
6. Take some real family photos
Our recent attempts at family photos are not so hot - so we'll take some with our fave photographer while we're in Maine this summer.
The last remotely decent photo of Ryan and I together....last May. I think decent is a stretch too - we're both sweating so much we want to die. It either pours or is sweltering at graduations, right? That's some kind of rule I think. Anyway, we're due for an update.
7. Start working on this
8. Make date night a weekly event
We need this. Bad. We've had a lot of company lately who've been wonderful about watching Olivia while we go on dates and I can't go back to dateless Ryan and Megan. I don't like them. We need a little romance and summer nights were made for that.
9. Spend time at the lake
Another Maine activity. I can almost taste the lobster and see myself losing at cribbage. Those are the days.
10. Find some better balance. I'm struggling with not staying up until 11 or 12 working on Willow Crowns and it's a little much for me. I'm hoping to restructure some of our days to allow me to get some more work done and enjoy the time I'm spending with Olivia more. Moms who work from home with little ones, I'll take all the advice you've got. Throw it at me.