Our Summer Bucket Lists.

Remember in one of my last posts when I talked about “Mud Season” or “Sprinter”?

How fast the seasons change around here, and we are now smack dab in the middle of yet another extra New England season – Sprimmer!! Or is it Sprummer? Either way, it’s when May hits with all of its blooming flowers and buzzing bees. It’s when we go quite suddenly from winter to spring to summer-like weather. It’s running in sprinklers and eating ice cream (with sprinkles) for dinner. It’s sundresses and sandals and staying outside until it gets dark. It’s swings and earthworms and dirt.

Did I mention dirt? Lots of dirt!

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One of the symptoms of “Sprimmer” here, even with a month of school left, is to start dreaming about our summer plans. It’s not too early, especially when the temperatures are topping out at 85 degrees, and you find yourself eating ice cream for dinner. Twice in one week. Chocolate stain-inducing ice cream! In talking about our summer plans, we made up a family bucket list that ranges from adorable to hilarious to messy. Very messy. Luckily we are now using All Free Clear! Ever since I made the switch several weeks ago, our clothes have been soft, sweet-smelling and stain-free. This time around, I bought the Oxi version of All Free Clear. Des decided to pose with it, and I didn’t even remove the rainbow sprinkle from his mouth.

And it was 9:00am. Rainbow sprinkles before noon is another symptom of Sprimmer.

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When we woke up today with a powerful sun shining in by early morning, we talked about summer bucket lists. I have been planning a beach trip or two, and Cassidy is picking up Six Flags season passes. I loved hearing what my family wants to do:

Scarlet: Go to the playground AT NIGHT! Go to Six Flags. Attend summer camp at my old preschool. Go out for breakfast, lunch and dinner ALL IN ONE DAY! Go to Nana’s house for a few days and feed her mule and horse, and ride her new pony!

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Des: (I’m paraphrasing some of this because he’s two) I want to collect acorns in a bowl, bounce bouncy balls, play with Scarlet and go swinging! I want to eat doughnuts every morning, wear superhero clothes, and smear dirt all over my superhero clothes. I want to use a stick in the dirt. For two hours straight. I want to get REALLY dirty every day. Twice a day.

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Me: Oh, where to begin? I want to go to Cape Cod at least twice, and at least once long enough to have that beach vacation feel. I want to go to upper New England once or twice to find moose and maybe discover some new mountains and parks. I want to eat ice cream a lot, and maybe cookies too. I want to visit my family, do a lot of photography jobs, and maybe go to a blogging conference. Maybe! Importantly, I want to spend quality time with my family and friends.

And hit a summer concert or two..

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Cassidy: Go to Six Flags and the beach. Go see the Grateful Dead. Get a tan. Take road trips. Put my hands in the dirt. Play hooky. See lots of summer blockbusters.

It’s nice to see how all of our bucket list items align. I predict an awesome summer!

No matter what summer throws at us, and I know it will be a lot of dirt and sticky ice cream, I’m glad I started using All Free Clear products on our clothing regularly. That will no doubt help us go summer adventuring in style and softness.

We’re going to need it!

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What’s on your summer bucket list?

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  1. My list consists of going to Cape Cod with YOU, getting out of here with my hubs so I don’t lose my mind, seeing the kids, making good money, baby making, and dreaming big about getting out of my apt and having my own house!!!! I’ll use the apt pool while I dream:)

  2. I am loving Des’ list although everyone’s list is great. This summer we’re doing Disney World and Universal and the kids are super excited. Because of my skin sensitivity All Free Clear is one detergent that I use consistently and now that Madison is older I use it on her clothing too. Haven’t tried the Oxi one though so it’s definitely now on my list to try.

    1. That’s so awesome. We love Disney and Universal SO MUCH. I can’t wait to go back in January.
      I hear you about the skin sensitivity! It’s always something in the air around here.

  3. I am so excited that summer is just about here and on my list is number #1 with Disney in August for us, then 2 different concerts with Foo Fighters in July and Zac Brown Band in August. A Blogging Conference even if I go for a bit, but not on Emma’s birthday (but seriously only if you do go). Plus, my 9th wedding anniversary, my birthday next month, Kevin’s next week and so much more, too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Ooh! Two concerts. Summer concerts are the best – they always make me feel young again.
      As for BlogHer, we’ll talk! I know we will meet any which way.

  4. I love the lists!! And yes, I predict a fun and sticky yummy summer. ๐Ÿ™‚ All Free Clear is a lifesaver for sensitive skin.
    Happy Almost Summer!!

  5. My kids would love ice cream for dinner. I would love it too. I hope you guys get to spend lots of time at the beach this summer. Along with lots of ice cream and sprinkles ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Oooh, yes to all three of those! I have a blogger friend in the Hudson Valley and I’d love to meet up with her. The Berkshires and Cape Cod = goes without saying!
      Come up here too!

    1. Happy Sprummer too! I could deal with May year-round. So many blooms. Not too many bugs yet, although there are some. Not too much humidity or heat. Just.. dreamy.

  6. You know how much I love All! I also love your son’s idea of doughnuts for breakfast every day and then ice cream for dinner, sounds like a win!! My Liese calls it ice and is so addicted she demands it several times a day and will even grab the ice cream scooper and try to hit you with it if her previous requests for the stuff were ignored!

    1. ha! I want some “ice” right now, in fact.
      Des talks about doughnuts so much that sometimes I just Google image photos of doughnuts and have him look at them.

    1. Oh, we are so there! I think we’re starting with a White Mountains trip. It’s one of my dreams to ride the steam train up Mt. Washington.

  7. I love your bucket list! Especially Cape Cod, so jealous! Here’s where we differ though: summer is my least favorite season. I know, shame! I don’t like the heat lol.

    1. The heat can be very hard for me too. I think ultimately I just like it more than winter, because winters are endless here! If I lived back in California, I’d probably say something totally different.

  8. Oh how I would love to go to Cape Cod (or just a beach in general)! I’m so happy to see 80+ degree days and thinking of moments like running through the sprinkles with ice cream (with sprinkles!). The winter was so long that it now makes summer that much sweeter. Can’t wait to hear how fun your days at the beach are when you go and come back from Cape Cod. Cheers to you going a minimum of 2 times! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. My in-laws are there right now and I’m dreaming about it! It’s only about 65 degrees there and it’s about 90 here. They live at nearly the top of the Cape and it’s rarely very hot. In the ten years I’ve been there, it’s only been uncomfortably hot ONCE!

  9. So many things! Go to the beach. Take Eve to some museums (including the outdoor sculpture park nearby). Go to Alaska for real! Read books. Give myself permission to take days off. Garden. Make gazpacho.

  10. Gosh, your kids are so beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ I love Sprimmer–how did that happen? NOT COMPLAINING though it is strange that we totally skipped spring. Oh well. It’s nice to wear long skirts and short sleeves again. I feel like my legs haven’t seen sunshine in years.

    I love that you are eating ice cream for dinner multiple times in a week and enjoying all the beautiful things that summer offers. Even if it is Spring. LOL. Lots of concerts and road trips this summer on the horizon for me. Can’t. Wait. XOXO

    1. Thanks! I’m very partial to my kids!
      Ooh, concerts and road trips. I hope that happens. It’s so easy for me to get psyched out by heat and humidity, or parenting exhaustion. The “old me” would be up for anything all summer long, so I’m hoping to channel her.

  11. It is hitting me HARD that summer is literally around the corner!! Ahhh….. I cannot WAIT for long days at the pool, late nights outside and really? Just the relaxed fit of summer is soothing to my soul. My kids get out May 21st… and the pool opens that weekend. That is where we will BE!!!

    Oh how gorgeous your pictures are… <3

    1. We had a pool when I was growing up and we’d always want it open in March, but it was always Memorial Day. And it would be freezing even then, but we loved it!
      Summer is SOON. Up here, kids are in school until late June but I remember from my blogging friends that some of their kids are out in May. So strange!

  12. I wish I could have doughnuts everyday too! We are preparing our summer bucket lists right now and have some great ideas, like horseback riding and watching sea turtles hatch.

    1. ha! Me too. Des doesn’t really have doughnuts every day but he sure tries for it. I have like.. one doughnut a year on Christmas.
      Watching sea turtles hatch! How amazing!

    1. Awesome.
      I certainly want beach time. It’s never been very hot for us at Cape Cod. I really love that. It’s often comfortable and sometimes even cold! I can’t wait to sit on the beach again soon.

  13. Summer bucket lists! I want to eat doughnuts and ice cream every day too. And the beach and I long for that summer vacation feel. And I think that I am going to a blogging conference!

    1. It’s funny because all winter long, our ice cream cartons collected freezer burn in the freezer. Now that it’s warm out, I’m surprised if they last a week. Sometimes less! I kinda want it.. every day.

  14. These pictures are gorgeous! So dreamy and full of life! After your last All Free Clear post, I made the switch, and I am loving it ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Aww, Scarlet is such an adventurous kid and Des is so cute! I know Reiko says bouncy ball all the time. LOL. Without a doubt, your new season will be a hit! And a blockbuster. Enjoy!

    1. ha! That’s so cute about Reiko.
      We are very excited about summer. Well, Des is the only one who LOVES school. Scarlet is ready. I’m ready. If Cassidy could be ready, he’d be ready.

  16. I love that Scarlet wants to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner out in the same day. She’s my kind of girl. Isn’t summer wonderful?

    1. ha! That was my favorite item on her list. We’re totally going to do it. We had this great spring break bucket list for when Cassidy was away and we really did everything on it. We had to cheer ourselves up after a terrible winter and Cassidy being gone.

  17. I am so happy that I can walk outside now and NOT shiver or wear a coat or run to my car to turn on the heat or any HEAT source period. It’s gorgeous, moods are better and bucket lists are definitely accruing. This summer we are going to visit my sister’s new home in Jersey, beach for sure, a resort getaway for our anniversary and wherever else the wind blows. ๐Ÿ™‚ How is your Mother’s Day?? Ha sent a text I remembered your number is stored in my Contacts lol. ๐Ÿ™‚ Tehehe take care Tam Tam! -Iva

    1. Wow, Jersey = my old stomping grounds! I was just thinking about how BlogU is almost a year ago. Crazy that we last talked in person a year ago! I wish we had talked more but I was so confused and overwhelmed and someone I didn’t like was there, and a lot of people I DID like were there. It got crazy!!
      I love that you texted me.

      1. Yes your old stomping grounds indeed!! ๐Ÿ™‚ It was almost a year ago that’s cray cray!! I get overwhelmed too – esp with all the bodies everywhere, activities constantly happening. Twas fun though, this year I’ll have to skip the conferences since I got ish to pay. ๐Ÿ™‚ Woop maybe next year! Haha yes so many numbers in my contact list it’s difficult to remember who lurks within. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Same here! I do have some fun New England road trips planned, but I’m not entirely sure I’ll be able to pull them all off. Here’s hoping!

  18. Spending a day at the beach & enjoying a flavorful sushi dinner is on the summer list. Finding a local carnival would be fun too.

    1. Hey now, that sounds awesome! My husband actually makes his own sushi and apparently it’s quite good! I have yet to try it which is nuts.
      I love local carnivals. We have one this weekend, I believe.

  19. I love your photos! So beautiful… my bucket list has “taking a photography course” on it.
    I plan on spending a ton of time workout out and enjoying the sunshine with my friends and family.

    1. That’s awesome! Even 15 years into my career, I still think about taking a photography course. It’s important!
      And sunshine has been wonderful lately – too long without.

    1. Thank you!
      And we usually do too – Cape Cod is this wild beach vacation for us but it’s actually in the same state we live in!

    1. That’s one of my favorite parts about blogging. I love remembering things this way, or being able to look back on things I wouldn’t otherwise remember very well.

    1. I love that! We just started that with a spring break bucket list because my husband went away in April during spring break and we needed fun things to get us through that long week.
      It worked!

  20. Sounds like you have got a very exciting summer ahead! I especially love Des’ ideas – eating doughnuts every morning and wearing superhero clothes!

    1. Awesome!! I think we’re doing NYC. I’d love to do Disney but we generally only do it in January. It gives us something to look forward to during our long New England winters.

    1. No doubt! I’m such a summer girl, although I do have to get used to this heat. We went from winter to summer and now we’re expecting spring weather this week. Ah, New England.

  21. i hope that when/if Andy and I become parents we capture their childhoods as beautifully as you have with your kids ๐Ÿ™‚ These past two weeks have been so shocking to the system! First sprinter, and then full-on summer. I may have complained a bit, only because this is my favorite time of year and I don’t want summer to come too soon! I want to be able to savor it without thinking ‘ugh, 85 degrees again? We had that four months ago!’ Ha.
    Everyone’s summer bucket lists are awesome. Six Flags sounds like so much fun! I went to the one near you for my birthday four years ago and loved it. Looking forward to my birthday in a month, and Maine a few weeks after that, and waterfalls and hikes (hopefully tick-free ones) and lots of wonderful fresh veggies. And Vermont! And Montreal! I’m determined to go back there soon!

    1. I think it will go with the territory! You’re both into photography and you write, so your kids will have this wonderful record of their lives. Of course!
      Maybe I’ll see you this summer in our many overlapping travels.

  22. As an “Upper New England” resident, I completely hear you with Sprimmer or Sprummer?! lol It has definitely hit with 80 degree days twice in one week! I think I’ll ask my kids to sit down and come up with a Summer Bucket List too! I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

    1. I remember when I was 30 weeks pregnant, we went on an anniversary trip to Bethel, Maine and it was 90 degrees and humid and we were all bewildered! I would have thought Maine in May would have cool nights or something! You just never know around here. We did see some moose, luckily.

  23. I am actually getting reallly excited about the summer! On my list? Lots of day trips, relaxing, UNPLUGGING, and soaking up all the time with my kids.

  24. My youngest came home covered in dirt last night. I told him he needed a bath and he thought I was mad at him for getting messy! When I explained that getting messy was his job and that he looked like he’d done a pretty good job of it, he cheered up. He still doesn’t like the bath, though!

    1. heh, did you see my photo on Facebook of Des? He looked like he had taken a bath in dirt. It was horrible. He had a raccoon face! Of dirt!

  25. Beautiful photos! Swimming is on our summer bucket list for sure! We didn’t get to do a lot of that last summer so I’m looking forward to it this year!

  26. Oh, the summer bucket list! We haven’t started ours yet, but T has been asking me to do a ‘cooking camp’ at home with her this summer. Should be fun as long as I can let go of my inner control freak. I think dirt is necessary in spring and summer. We even had a “mud day” in our backyard last year. The kids loved it!

    1. Cooking Camp!? That sounds awesome. There’s a Lego camp around here. Suffice it to say, we’re researching that one.
      I’m glad dirt is necessary because Des dips his face in it daily.

  27. Down here, the season is called Pollen is Satan’s Table Salt. The closest i’ll get to Cape Cod is eating cod filets with a cape on, but I’m down. I love the idea of hooky, all seasons of the year.

  28. Our summer bucket list includes cooking outside, taking at least one trip, doing a summer reading program/challenge and overall just having fun enjoying each other’s company before school starts back!

  29. Your bucket lists ROCK! I just got a season pass for six flags and I want to go right this second and devour a funnel cake! Des really likes his outdoor play, and I don’t blame him, you live in paradise! You’re definitely putting in overtime in the laundry department with that one! lol I hope you get your two (at least) cape cod trips!!!!!!!

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