I get super nostalgic around this time of year. For some reason, the beginning of summer always makes me want to be a kid again. I've been thinking about why exactly and I think I really liked being free - when you're a kid there's always an adult telling you what to do or where to be or what to wear or to "finish your food".... and summer was like the opposite of this - for me anyway. I grew up on a dirt road and we really did just wake up, put on some shoes and run out the door to play all day. We played in the ditches, the the apple orchard, in the creek. We made "underground houses" (a hole we dug that we covered with branches and leaves and stuff... more like a death trap, less like a house) and we organized soccer tournaments between all the kids on the road. We waded into the creek and got all of our running shoes wet. I know this sounds super idyllic like I'm making it up - and it definitely wasn't that... but I do feel like these are the memories - good and bad - that stand out in my mind. The name of my grade three teacher is starting to leave my memory but biking down the road to the convenience store with my childhood friends is still there. It's the kind of feeling I hope I can replicate for my kids one day. I really hope that when school is out for summer they can just run around and eat popsicles for lunch and because there's no plans the boredom makes the summer seem to last forever. Because now that I'm older I realize that's the only true time in life that we get that feeling of life being not busy and of time not really having an end.
I don't like to make bucket lists because sometimes the title makes it seem like they have to be "big" life things. But I do like to make lists! I make them all the time on scraps of post-its around the house. This seems somehow more solidified and like I can actually make it happen because it's typed up? We'll see!
1. Make ice cream with our ice cream maker.
2. Take a stack of books out from the library.
3. Pick some strawberries.
4. Bake a pie.
5. Explore a trail.
6. Finish quilts** for June and Flora
7. Take more photos on Film.
8. Visit Parliament with the kids.
9. Walk along the canal and have an ice cream.
10. Go to the beach!
11. Have a bbq* with friends
12. Unplug from our phones for a few hours each day (sorry if you're trying to get a hold of me!)
13. Journal a bit every day for myself and for June and Flora.
14. Go for a weekend away somewhere.
15. Celebrate our anniversary!
16. Grow vegetables in my backyard.
17. Nap on a blanket outside somewhere (I don't think there's anything like a nap outside in the summer).
18. Watch a movie in the park.
19. Sew something for myself and something for my girls.
20. Read five books***
21. Go on a road trip**** and take photos at silly landmarks.
22. Make a summer playlist.
23. Go on a boat or a train ride with June - because I think she will love either!
24. Take some family photos at twilight.
25. Start running again.
*we don't have a BBQ so I hope we get invited to one?! ha!
**I am nearly done Flora's but my sewing machine broke on me! I'm hoping to borrow my mom's until I can get a new one. Because it would be a shame to not finish their baby quilts when they are still babies!)
*** I'm still working on my reading list! that will have to come in a different post!
**** I have a "thing" about road trips dating back to having missed out on an epic one my family took before I was born. Ever since I learned I "missed out" I've been dreaming of the day I can take one with my own family. June hated the car as a baby, so let's hope Flora doesn't mind it as much!
***** Is it just me or does this happen less and less frequently as we stream music? I'm going to try to keep a running list of songs I want to download and hopefully put something together so I can remember it as music from the summer Flora was born.