My favorite season remains fall– somehow 50 degree weather in October I celebrate as being ‘crisp’ but the 50 degree weather WI has been experiencing this spring has been a ‘bummer’. But as Miss Julia closes in on two ( she is 19 months old) she is becoming more and more active which makes me so excited for summer and taking some of that energy outside!
Door County Getaways: I am fortunate that my parents have a beautiful home in Door County about 3.5 hours north of where I live. Door Co is a tourist area located on Wisconsin’s peninsula. Lots of beaches, several large State Parks, family friendly attractions including an old school drive-in movie theater, lots to do! Julia has recently loved playing in the sand at the park so I can’t wait for her to experience the beach. There is nothing better than watching her experience our big world for the first time! My parents house sits on nearly 4 acres so there is lots to explore– they are excited for her to ‘help’ in their vegetable garden. There is nothing more helpful than a toddler– haha!
Swim Lessons: I’ve enrolled Julia in swim lessons. As at this age you obviously have the parent involved , I have been uncharacteristically diligent about my work outs in order to become swim suit ready! She loves, loves, loves her bath so I am hoping that translates into enjoying time in the pool.
Zoo: We live about 10 minutes away from a great zoo. I am planning on purchasing a zoo pass and spending lots of time there. I last went in September and after a 3 hour visit, am not sure Miss J registered that we had seen any animals! Believe me, I won’t be springing for that zoo pass until we’ve tried again. But she is SO much more aware of/interested in her surroundings so am guessing the zoo pass will be a go.
Simple Pleasures: I want to make lots of time for the simple stuff. Playing with sidewalk chalk, letting her run through a sprinkler, going out in the evening to look at fireflies, making homemade Popsicles, roasting marshmallows over a bonfire: basically recreating the summers of my childhood. It is really those ‘small’ things that I have carried with me into middle age not so much the ‘big events’. When I think about my childhood summers playing in a sprinkler comes to mind before the pricey trips to Disney World.
I am looking forward to gathering inspiration from everyone’s lists. Have a great day!