Dude. Summer, the bucket list, and this blog are getting away from me. Since I last updated, we have crossed a few more items off the list, but we have several that I’m afraid will be slipping into fall…
We went to the beach in South Carolina for a week at the end of July and had a lot of fun. Monkey and his 8 year old cousin had a great time, meaning that they made it kind of miserable for the rest of us. Bouncing off the walls, not listening, just running wild. I had to remind myself and others of how super annoying my cousins and I were around that age and what incredible fun we had back in the day. Monkey is still talking about his cousins and missing them. All’s well that ends well, I guess! We visited the Serpentarium and Botany Bay – our yearly excursions.
Monkey feeding turtles at the Serpentarium
Granny and MM at Botany Bay
Mama and Mommy had two dinners out – woot! We also discovered the joy of Firefly sweet tea flavored vodka and lemonade. Highly recommended!
We spent every day on the beach and in the water. The MM took daily beach naps, mostly on me but on my mom one day as well (she was in heaven).
Our beach setup
Cousins on the beach
While we were in SC, we had a rented golfcart for the week so we can strike that one off the list as well. It is a life-saver as an activity that the kids love and the adults have fun with, too, when you’re not on the beach. Every evening we’d put the kids to bed and have cocktails and play games. The new favorite this year was Telestrations. A combination of Pictionary and Telephone – super fun and funny!
Boys passed out after day at the beach
It was great to catch up with family (my parents, my brother/sil/kids, aunt, cousin, 2nd cousin) and we dropped the news to them that we are interested in relocating, probably to the Southeast. This will tell me who is actually reading this blog 🙂 Yes, we’ve decided that we really need to leave SoCal – too expensive, unappealing school options, etc. I’ll do another entry on this later, but figured I’d drop it here since it was a big deal to let my family in on it. Yes, they are all working on helping me find a job already 🙂
In terms of the bucket list items that are not crossed off the list, I am still holding tickets for the local trampoline jumping place and we also have a certificate for dance classes for Monkey (Hip Hop!), so those will be happening in the coming weeks. I’m bummed that we never made Gym.bor.ee classes happen for my little MM. I will be getting that going, too, as it can happen while Monkey is in school (he started his third and final year of preschool today). Monkey had a playdate last week at Noah’s Ark, which we’ve been to before and love, so another one off the list.
Total of 15 bucket list items complete. By the end of August, it’ll be more like 18. Not a bad tally!
Summer Bucket List
- Trampoline place
Science Center to see the space shuttle (Endeavor) Splash pad Monkey attends camp for the first time Swimming lessons
- Dance classes
- First Gymboree class for MM
Fly to the beach and spend a week playing with family Ride in a golfcart Wash Grandma’s car– not happening due to the drought here in CA Go to the (local) beach Touch a Truck event Farmer’s Market
- Drum circle
Plant flowers in pots on balcony– not happening due to the drought here in CA
- Go miniature golfing
- Go bowling
Visit Noah’s Ark
- Go to Natural History Museum
Take the MM swimming for the first time Mini vacation at fabulous resort on the beach (thanks, workplace!)
- Go to the zoo
- Go to the Getty
NEW: 4th of July parade NEW: Go carts! NEW: Visit a California Mission