Summer officially begins today! In celebration of the start of the most relaxed and carefree season of my year, I’m once again compiling a mini-bucket list of fun activities to enjoy before the Fall, with all its structure and demands, rolls around again.
Summer Mini-Bucket List, 2017
- Try three new-to-me local restaurants. Top choices include the Belvedere Inn, Gibraltar, and Luca.
- Visit an Escape Room with my family before Julia and Mark leave for college. This looks like so much fun!
- Attend a lawn concert at Nissley Vineyards. A soft summer evening, homegrown wine, good friends, and live music for listening and dancing – a recipe for grown-up fun.
- Get to Central Market a few Friday mornings. A historical treasure and a feast for the senses.
- Churn out a new flavor of homemade ice cream. How about the Cookies and Cream Ice Cream recipe from Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones by Kris Hoogerhyde, Anne Walker, and Dabney Gough? Yeah, I thought it sounded delicious, too.
- Read at least twelve books. (Just trying to reach my Goodreads Summer Reading Goal of 12 – 20 books). My summer reading choices swing between light and fluffy and suspenseful and thrilling (i.e, The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan and The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware).
- Go to a baseball game (the Phillies or Barnstormers). I do wish the Phils were playing better…
- Spend some quality time with my camera. The flowers alone provide endless possibilities for reviving my photography skills.
- Take an afternoon to bike an area Rail-to-Trail path. I’d prefer if the trail was a downhill ride both ways.
- Volunteer for or support a local non-profit organization. Clare House, Water Street Mission, and Schreiber Pediatric Center are a few I’m considering.
- Camp at a state park. World’s End State Park on the Loyalsock Creek near Williamsport is looking promising.
- Memorize Romans 8:31 -39. I need some sort of a challenge after all these mostly self-focused, feel good goals. 😉
I have very few other plans for the summer, actually. In a few short days we’ll be heading to Corolla in the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a week of glorious laziness. Other than that, I plan to hang around here, watching my son play baseball a few evenings a week and spending as much time as possible on my porch and patio. We’ll be grilling all the time and eating ice cream (homemade or not), buttery corn on the cob, sweet raspberries, and juicy peaches. My two oldest kiddos are heading to Lebanon Valley in the fall so I want to spend as much time as I can with them before they go. I’ll also be starting to teach my youngest son how to drive. His older siblings have broken me in pretty well so I’m not expecting too many “life passing before my eyes” experiences.
If I can accomplish all of this in the next few months, it will be a blessed summer indeed.
What are your plans and/or goals for the summer? Please share!