"Change, when it comes, cracks everything open."
Dorothy Allen

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

End of Summer List Review

Back at the beginning of the summer, I made a list.  A list of things I wanted to do before the fall came.

We had some stumbling blocks.  Sebastian breaking his ankle put the breaks on a lot of our plans for things like waterslides, beach days and the zoo.  We also had some unexpected surprises when it came to Geoff, so that also took a toll.  But for the most part, we had a great time.  We replaced the missed opportunities with new activities, and some things came up that I hadn't anticipated in the beginning.  Some things that weren't originally on my list, but should have been:
- seeing (or intending to see) a summer concert.  I made every effort to see Nazareth and Helix and had a great night anyway.
- taking the kids to Avondale Dairy Bar.  Sawyer experienced it for the first time ever on her birthday.
- eating dinner out on the porch with the kids
- doing Rib Fest.  The NF one was fun with Holly, Kathy and Dawn and the kids, and the St. Catharines one was great with Joel and Carrie.  So much ribby goodness.

So, here is my final list.  I am pretty proud of it.

. Take the kids to the beach at least once.
2. Go to the Zoo.
3. Use our season passes to Zooz like crazy.  Get our money's worth and more.
4. Have family BBQ's at least once a month.
5. Have a blast at our White Trash party.
6. Sleep in the tent with the kids...even if it is just in the backyard.
7. Keep the grass and the hedge trimmed and neat.
8. Plant flowers.
9. Make salsa from ingredients I have grown in my garden.
10. Play outside...A LOT!!
11. Get a pool for the kids.   But mainly for me. :)
12. Ride a roller coaster.
13. Make suntea.
14. Go to a carnival.  Play bingo.  Eat burgers and cotton candy.
15. Ride a horse.
16. Run through the sprinkler with the kids.
17. Walk on the treadmill every day.
18. Reconnect with an old friend.
19. Take lots of pictures.
20. Play hookie from work, for one afternoon.
21. Get a tattoo.
22. Get a pedicure.
23. Have a sleep over with Sawyer in her bed.
24. Have a day of fun with Sebastian- just me and him.
25. Same thing as above, with Sawyer.

26. See Gage graduate from Grade 8.
27. Clean up Grandma and Grandpa's grave.  Plant flowers for them.
28. Go down a waterslide.
29. Play baseball.
30. Get a sunburn (not a bad one, just enought for freckles.)
31. Go fishing with Dad.
32. Have beers on a patio
33. Wash the cars.
34. Find fireflies.
35. Go garagesale-ing.
36. Go to the drive-in, eat tons of popcorn and junk.
37. Find a dog park for Axle, and let him go crazy.
38. Go on a road trip.  Even if it is just a day.
39. Watch fireworks.
40. Eat watermelon with Sebastian.
41. Have the driveway covered with drawings in sidewalk chalk.  Courtesy of Miss Sawyer.
42. Teach Axle to catch a frisbee.
43. Laugh so hard I cry.  And maybe pee a little.
44. Sit by a fire, making spider dogs.
45. Have fresh flowers in my house, as often as I can.
46. Fly a kite.
47. Buy good sandals.
48. Take a nap, even if the laundry isn't done and the dishes are dirty.
49. Sleep in.  But not on the same day as #48.
50. Read an awesome book.  Share it with everyone

I still have a chance to do a little of the left over stuff.  We are going to be going to GWL soon, so we can do the waterslide.  We will try and do the Zoo this fall.  Garage sales will run right into October. 

My sister-in-law has adopted the lists as well.  I think we are probably both going to do a list for Fall/Winter.  Should be fun. 

Thank you summer, I will miss you.  See you next year.  I can't wait.

Rosie N. Grey
The N stands for "new list, coming up."

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