I hope you guys had a nice weekend! We got out for some sunshine, lounged on the couch, and did lots of snuggling.
This summer will look a lot different than last summer in terms of traveling. We have a lot of travel scheduled (like last summer), but it definitely won’t be as laid back and spontaneous. Last summer, we went to Indy and Chicago, Nashville, and ended the summer with a trip to Rhode Island and a positive pregnancy test!
This summer, we have a trip to Maine, a trip to Rhode Island for some weddings, and hopefully a trip to the beach planned. I have literally no clue what traveling with a newborn will entail so would love any tips and insight that you mom’s may have.
So, I decided to create a blended bucket list with goals and fun stuff on it. I’m overly ambitious thinking I’ll do all of this this summer (I know I likely won’t), but goals and a bucket list never stopped me.
Make grilled pizza on the grill
Host a BBQ with fun cocktails
Drink iced coffee on the back porch and enjoy a slow morning
Get a Carvel Ice Cream Cake. I used to eat them yearly on my birthday and I haven’t had one in forever!
Try Shake Shack, new to Charlotte. And I’ve never been to one but I’ve been anxious after seeing all the press about it.
Go on a food tour in Charlotte (this is STILL on my list).
Go Berry Picking
Get back into running (when I’m medically cleared) with a local running group and sign up for a race by the end of summer.
Train for a fall half marathon. Ed is running an ULTRA this fall – I will NOT be doing that but would love to start doing some longer distance training.
Join the YMCA. Mainly so I can have childcare while I workout. (Genius idea, by the way)
Do a hike in Maine. Maine has been on my bucket list for FOREVER and we’re going in June!). I’d love to hike Acadia National Park, but that may have to wait until Camryn is older or a separate mommy/daddy trip.
Take Camryn to a football tailgate. We’re tentatively planning on going to the UNC Charlotte/Tennessee game in Knoxville in the fall (my sister went to Tennessee so they may meet up with us).
Family beach trip – Wilmington, Charleston, Carolina Beach, Emerald Isle?
Go to the local lake
Spend a day at the Whitewater Center.
Have a local picnic in a park with Ed and Cam. (The photo below is the last picnic Ed and I did about two summers ago – this was before meeting with our real estate agent and finding our current house)!
Get 3 month professional photos done for Camryn. We JUST did newborn photos – can’t wait to see them!
Hit up a few breweries this summer (with Cam in my carrier). Babies and breweries just go together, right? 🙂
Join a local MOMS group to make friends. This is a big one I want to do. I haven’t researched local groups around me, but surely there are some. I’ve also heard about moms groups that do “stroller” workouts and I’d love to learn more about that.
Invest more in my virtual private practice and perhaps start a business website
Plant a garden. Realistically, this is probably more than a summer away, but I think it’d be so fun to have plants/veggies to pick with Camryn to introduce her to her food
Formalize my plan for going “back to work” and seeing clients in the office setting. Since I do mostly freelance/contract work, I don’t have an “official” maternity leave. I kind of figured I’d take the summer (since we’re traveling so much) while doing some freelance/work from home stuff, but really focusing on learning how to be a mom for the first 3-4 months. But, I do want to have a formal plan for going back to work so I can start planning for that.
Establish childcare for fall (daycare vs. nanny).
Find a reliable babysitter. I’ve heard about care.com – any other suggestions from mom’s on how to find trustworthy/professional references?
What’s on your summer bucket list?
What are some of your fun/food/travel/fitness goals?