our summer fun list: how we did

At the beginning of this summer, I made a list of all the Fun Things We Wanted To Do before school started and the weather turned cold. I made this list fully realizing that crossing EVERYTHING off of it was a lofty goal because hi, you have a newborn baby in the house, Jen. But I really wanted to try and at least have SOME kind of plan to make up for last summer’s lameness.

Summer Fun List

As expected, we didn’t do everything on our list. But considering what we were dealing with (a new baby, me in a boot for 6 weeks, etc), I think we did a pretty awesome job. And it was kind of fun to see the list on the fridge every day and see what we wanted to do next.

Things We Did

Swim in the pool in our yard & run through the sprinkler. We did both of these several times.

Catch fireflies. The girls did this a few times, at my parents’ house and our house, and I think at a friend’s house and Audrey screamed because she was afraid all of a sudden. YAY SUMMER!

See fireworks. We saw some on the 4th of July, and we might do this one again this weekend at our local community day!

Make and eat a s’more. We had a s’more party with Grandma!

Go see a movie. Monsters University in 3D! This was Audrey’s first movie theater trip.

Watch a parade. 4th of July in our little town.

Go to Idlewild.

Go to a carnival.

Go to the beach.

Play on 5 different playgrounds. This was actually pretty fun, more than I thought it would be.

Mommy/Maggie date night. Taylor Swift!

Visit Daddy at work.

Things We Didn’t Do, But That’s Okay

Visit a spray park. We really wanted to save that for a Friday when Dan’s mom could meet us there (the one we were planning to visit is about 2 minutes from their house) But the weather never worked out with our schedules and before we knew it, it was the end of August. Boo.

Camp in the backyard. That requires a certain kind of weather (non-sticky, non-rainy) and this was a very RAINY and stormy summer around here. Plus it had to be a weekend (someone had to stay inside with the baby and Dan had to work all week) and I didn’t want to do it on a night where we had big plans the following day, just in case the girls didn’t sleep well out there. Maybe we’ll get a chance in the next few weeks? But I think next year might be better for this one.

Have a lemonade stand. I bought stuff for a lemonade stand! We just… kept forgetting. heh.

Go “hiking”. This sounded great in theory but when I thought out the logistics of our kids and their ages and then my foot injury… yeah, no. Next year!

Ride on PapPap’s boat. WE TRIED. My in-laws were only able to take the boat out a few times themselves because the rivers in Pittsburgh were really rough and full of debris from all the rain and storms this summer. We had plans to do it this past weekend but the weather was cool and cloudy and possibly rainy, so we decided to skip it.

Visit a Farmers Market. Such a great idea in theory! But just not something we were able to make priority on our weekends. Too much laundry and cleaning up and whatever else fills up those days.

Wash both cars in the driveway. ha. Again, great in theory, but the girls would lose interest in about 3 minutes and then we’d wish we had just gone through the drive through carwash and been done with it.

Go mini-golfing 3 times. We went once! So.

Date nights. We realized that in order to do a bunch of separate date nights, that would require many different free evenings which we rarely have. But we can also do these in the winter if we want, especially because Audrey just wants to go to Chuck E Cheese’s for both of her dates so hey! Winter Fun List!

Have an adventure day. This was going to be a Let’s Get In The Car And Drive And See Where We End Up! kind of a thing. So cool! And so ridiculous to consider doing with 3 small children, one of whom was being breastfed at the time and just… nevermind. Dumb idea, really.

So, that was our summer. To be honest a lot of our days were pretty boring and we just stayed home, but that was okay with us. And, as I told Maggie, we still have some time to do a few more fun things because TECHNICALLY summer doesn’t end for a few more weeks. Plus, fall comes with its own fun things, like the pumpkin patch we visit each year, and football games, and Halloween.

But still. A pretty awesome summer. Let’s do it again next year! (with less Fussy Newborn and less Mom With A Broken Foot. heh)


  1. Andrea

    September 6, 2013 1:17 pm

    I was just looking at our list the other day! We did horrible on the Date Nights too! :)

    We’re going to make a Fall Fun List too- jumping in leaves, going to a pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin, carve jack-o-lanterns, go trick-or-treating, visit the apple orchard, etc. :)

  2. bessie.viola

    September 6, 2013 1:46 pm

    I love this! You did awesome for all the logistical craziness you faced this summer!

    I am totally swiping this idea for fall… we’re already deep into the routine of school after 1 week of it, and I need a reminder to be fun and not just do the things we *have* to do. (That sounds terrible, but there it is.)

    (Also, I think that list uses my favorite-ever font… is that Love You Through It?)

    • Jen

      September 6, 2013 2:40 pm

      HA! It is, I think! :) aaah, a fellow Font Geek. Love it.

      And yes- agreed about the doing fun things in addition to all the School Year Chore stuff. It’s so easy to get into the routine (rut!) of the day to day things. More fun!!!!

  3. mona

    September 6, 2013 2:46 pm

    Bravo on your list! I need to make one of these for this year. And Monsters University was the first movie I ever took my oldest to on my own.

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