At the beginning of the summer, in all my YAYSUMMERYAY exuberance, I created a seasonal bucket list.
I always view these as more of a guide than a hard-and-fast/live-or-die/must-must-must-do-it-all sort of thing. Still, it motivated me on those occasional uninspiring weeks. I think we did pretty well.
Look. Homemade crab cakes were never gonna happen. It’s one of those things that sounds quintessential summer, until you realize it sounds way more appealing if someone else is cooking them for you. Luckily, we went to Ocean City, Maryland last week on our annual family vacation and we had our fill of better-than-homemade crab cakes. Off the hook!
You’d think “Nature Walks” would have been pretty easy to cross off the list. I tried. Today. Yes, in preparation for this post. It did not go well:
Me: Ryan, do you want to go on a NATURE WALK today?!?!?
Ryan: Uhhhhmmm. No thank you.
Me: Really? Why not?
Ryan: Because if I go on a nature walk, I’m going to get too tired. It’s too much walking.
Me: It’s really not that far. You have a lot of energy. You could run for hours.
Ryan: Daddy said I can’t go on nature walks because they’re too dangerous.
Me: Daddy would never say that. Daddy loves nature walks. We’ll look for the best sticks. Also, leaves! And rocks! And bugs!
Ryan, running circles around the room: BUGS?!? NOOOOOO, NOT BUGS!!! NONONONONONOOOOO!
Me: See all the energy you have?!
Anyway, it wasn’t worth fighting for. Plus, we were out of milk. So we went to the grocery store instead. (He was very, very interested in going to the grocery store. Pushing the cart for me + a star-shaped cookie shaped from the bakery for behaving = way better than a couple of dumb sticks.)
We checked everything else off the list, though. Proof:
I also discovered tons of holes in my list. All sorts of other awesome things we did that I hadn’t envisioned at the beginning of the summer … roasting marshmallows, twirling sparklers, flying kites, riding rides/playing games at the local fair, feeding ducks. We painted the sidewalk. We found The World’s Most Awesome Playground (not literally, but it’s really really cool and only 20 minutes away). We went to two different beaches and visited family in Ohio and Maryland.
It was such a full summer. A memory-making summer. A bucket-list-worthy summer.
So I’m going to forgive myself for not making homemade crab cakes.