Ours is rainy, but we’re still going forward with as many plans as we can. The kids are spending time with their grandparents, but just skipping the pool. I’m still taking the baby on many walks, but with hooded strollers or umbrellas. We’re still gardening, but in between rainstorms. We still celebrated Scarlet’s birthday in Salem, MA, but went the day after her birthday, because it was dry that day. The whole summer is a bit like this, and how we have to make small concessions – because of the weather, but also because of the overall world right now. This summer feels closer to Summer 2019 than it does to Summer 2020, and that’s good. It’s so nice to see my kids and also everyone out there in the world having more fun. So of course I had to write up a little summer bucket list for 2021, about all of the things we are doing, and want to do. It’s important!
A Summer Bucket List for 2021:
Virtual Event: Good to Go from Head to Toe Recap:
As you know, we had a fun event two weeks ago, with fun, laughter, games, trivia, and prizes too! It was an intimate conversation with other moms across New England, and our meme sharing was strong. We spent a lot of time talking about summer plans, summer road trips, and how to keep the kids entertained all summer, with our own fun ideas, as well as with some Xfinity products and services. Everyone who attended got a gift box with New England products, and we opened ours all at once. (Ok, I admit I peeked before the event) This gift wasn’t from me, but our Vermont bloggers had sparkly syrup – OMG. All in all, I learned and laughed a lot that night.
Summer Bucket List:
1 – Go on a road trip again! This excites me so much. We went on one to Salem, MA over the weekend and I’m planning to see the ocean for the first time (and show the baby the ocean!) for my upcoming birthday. What do we like to do on road trips? We play the alphabet game where you have to find non license plates letters out there on signs, stores, etc. (and bonus that X always trips us up but we won the last road trip by seeing an Xfinity Store!) My husband and I can’t fully get away from work, so finding Xfinity WiFi Hotspots along our route with the Xfinity WiFi Hotspots app is a big deal! Once at a hotspot, you can log in and use Xfinity WiFi at no additional cost, because it’s included with your internet service. Plus you can keep your personal information safe while using the internet on XfinityWiFi Hotspots with enhanced Internet security. I LOVE it. I understand even non-Xfinity customers are able to access Xfinity WiFi hotspots. I LOVE it.
A wonderful way to help entertain the kids is to turn any screen into a TV with the Xfinity Stream app. This is included in our Xfinity X1 video service as well. You can stream top networks, live sports, the news, and thousands of On Demand shows and movies on your devices. This helps with our trips.
2 – Have an actual overnight somewhere. The kids have spent one night with their grandparents, and even that was a bit unexpected. Cassidy has gone on one pleasure trip and one business trip. We haven’t gone on an overnight as a family yet! It’s a bit confusing in these times, and also because we have since added a baby and a dog to our family. That said, I have a work trip in late August to Dutchess County, New York, and I am SO excited to get out of town with the family. Bonus points if we can take at least one of our dogs. And I hope it’s the littlest..
3 – I want to make ice pops! I shared a fun recipe a week or two ago for Rainbow Yogurt Popsicles and I feel like I’m hitting my stride. We are on the hunt for more popsicle molds because we have so many fun ideas! Let me know your favorite pops recipe in the comments!
4 – Once this rain stops, at least, I want to go back to gardening daily, or at least harvesting!
5 – I also want to go to a drive-in movie! I’ve only been to one in my entire life, and there are a few options that are not even that far of a drive from here. I can’t wait to go again!
6 – And, fairs and festivals are coming back! I missed them so much in 2020. I had so many high hopes of babywearing Rider throughout a fair or festival on a warm and sunny day. It seems like a far stretch right now, but I know it will happen again.
7 – I also think it’s important to take the time to read in the hammock. Getting back into life can be exhausting, especially for introverts and ambiverts, like me. It’s important to go slowly, at least at first.
8 – Eat and/or sleep outside. Last summer, even with me being 5-6 months pregnant, we spent one night in a tent. I’d love to do that again, and also have more picnics, once the rain lets up. I truly love to eat outside. We even had our first dining experience since February 2020 last week! It was outdoors dining, especially with my two under 12-year-olds, but super fun.
9 – I want to hike and explore our woods and nearby mountains. We have so much to see, and last year I was limited by being largely pregnant. I think it will be easier to explore with a baby, because I can always have someone else carry him for a bit. Bonus that he gets to see the world!
10 – I want to make the most of rainy days, because they are happening a lot lately. And in general, they do happen. It’s easy to get down about it and I’m someone who really needs sunshine for my mental health. I’ve been ok, though! I know that rainbows follow rain, and that sunshine is coming. I also adore staying in with my family. That’s something I’ve learned from 2020/2021. And I think it’s important to make the most of what we have. Xfinity has some great features that fuel our rainy days:
- Xfinity xFi: This lets you manage your home WiFi network and connected home, by letting you self-install and set up your WiFi environment in minutes. You can also find your WiFi password, know who’s online, view camera video, troubleshoot issues, and manage family members’ online experiences with features like Pause and Parental Controls. And the best part is – you can assign devices to each of your kids and pause them at once or put them into bedtime mode!
Kids Zone on Xfinity X1: We love this! It’s a feature that offers a safe environment for children to browse and watch live TV, Xfinity On Demand content, and DVR recordings that are appropriate for kids ages 12 and under. My kids are all 12 and under!
xFi Pods: How do these work? They work with an xFi Gateway to extend your WiFi network, and help eliminate deadspots for more consistent coverage to keep you seamlessly connected throughout your home.! We had our home renovated last year, and it doubled in size. This helps us solve connectivity issues. Nothing spoils a day indoors more than not having a good WiFi connection!