I’d never survive up north. Really. Kudos to all of you that are enduring a real winter. Down here we are on day two of really cold temperatures and I’m dreaming of sunscreen, lightning bugs and watermelon wedges. Weak, I tell you.
Instead of fighting it, I’m indulging my warm weather fantasies by listing out all the things I want to do so I can remind myself of them when I’m whining about bug bites, sticky car seats and humidity-soaked frizzy hair…. because you know it’s going to happen.
1. Go to the beach. In the words of Chandler Bing, could I BE any more cliche? Luckily we already have one beach getaway on the books and I’m giddy. Something in me yearns to see the ocean stretched out endlessly in front of me. And if her adoration for snow activities is any indication of what is to come, I think Hailey is at a great age to enjoy the heck out of the beach!
2. Grow something. Fingers crossed that 2015 is the year I finally turn my black thumb green. I have my expectations set really (really) low because the last time I tried to garden, I believe I yielded a single green pepper, a couple strawberries and some cherry tomatoes all summer long. I killed my squash plant. People told me that wasn’t even possible (insert evil chuckle).
Right now I am considering cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and some herbs. David is strongly suggesting we add in a spicy pepper of sorts, too, but hey, let’s not get too carried away. My friend Alise suggested our playgroup (there are 6 of us) all switch up what we grow so we can have our own sort of crop share. I think it sounds like a fantastic idea! (If you are currently enjoying your glory days of youth and reading this, I’m sorry, but this is the excitement your future holds… giddy conversations about basil and summer squash. In the words of Mr. Mellencamp, hold onto 16 as long as you cannnn….).
Just kidding, I love it.
3. Go camping. If you are thinking that this sounds a bit adventurous considering we have a three-year-old and a 9 month old, you’re right. Still, as soon as we got Koda’s diagnosis this jumped to the top of our to-do list. Fortunately in North Carolina there are a plethora of gorgeous camp grounds within our reach. I’m hoping we can find a weekend in spring and go for a day/overnight trip. It’s sure to be chaotic and I think it sounds fantastic.
4. Can pickles and one other thing. I canned pickles two years ago using my Nannie’s recipe and they turned out great. We gave them away as Christmas presents and ate them ourselves, leading them to disappear quickly. We skipped last year because our hands were a bit full, but plan to return with a vengeance and make a couple different types of pickles.
Ideally I’d love to can ALL the things, tomatoes, peaches, jams, etc, but since I am at least hoping to make these realistic goals, I’m going to choose one other thing to start. I’m leaning towards jam, but only time will tell (I see you sitting there on the edge of your seat with excitement…)
5. Host a big cookout. We are fortunate to live in a pretty great summer time house and we just completed our screened in porch at the end of last year. We talk all the time about having people over, but rarely make it happen because… laziness? Exhaustion? This summer I want to plan a big ‘ol cookout, complete with jumping off the dock, kids and dogs chasing lightning bugs and David’s ‘lake mix’ playlist rocking in the background.
6. Make ice cream. We have an ice creamer maker that David’s parents gave us way back when. For some reason it intimidates the heck out of me, which is hilarious because I hear they are incredibly easy to use. So this summer, I want to conquer my fear and make some delicious ice cream! My mind is going wild with possible flavor combinations, but let’s be real. David is a vanilla guy (in the ice cream context, not a jab at his personality … which is sparkling in case you were wondering), so I foresee a lot of tries in creating the perfect vanilla, then tossing in some strawberries for H.
7. Go on a picnic. Honestly, it doesn’t even matter where. It can be in our front yard for all I care. In fact, it’s probably best to have it there so I can hose everyone off afterwards. One thing (among many) that is really cool about having kids is rediscovering the simple joys. We’ve taken endless ‘nature walks’ down the same paths around our house and each time Hailey is filled with wonder as she searches for clues and giddily points out colorful flowers or berries. Kids are so cool y’all. It’s totally worth me slapping together a few sandwiches and grabbing an over-sized blanket.
Feeling wild today and ending it at 7! Also, Kaitlyn is crying for me to get her so that helped convince me to stop here.
What am I missing?
What is on your warm weather bucket list this year?