I keep trying to remind myself how much fun we've squeezed into our summer though, so I thought it'd be a good time to recap Ella's Summer Bucket List & let you all know how we did! Spoiler Alert: We killed it!
1 - Story Time at the Library
We went to the library the first week of summer vacation on a very rainy day & combined this with #6 - having a playdate with Addy! The two girls absolutely loved our trip & I loved getting to see them play together!
2 - Feed the Ducks
I had every intention of going to the canal with Ella, but I totally underestimated how much work it is to take 2 kids out for even the simplest outing!
3 - Splash Pad!
Miss Jennie made this one happen & took Ella and Addy to a local splash pad on Ella's birthday!
4 - Visit the Lake
My sister's in-law's rented a place on Canandaigua Lake in July & we took full advantage of their hospitality! Ella was the only one who swam because the water was COLD - but we all enjoyed cruising the lake on the boat.
5 - Bubbles!
We did lots & lots of bubbles - especially after Olivia arrived - since it was something fun that we could do in the backyard! Ella got a bubble lawnmower for her birthday too, so that's been getting a workout as well.
6 - Playdate with Addy (see #1)
7 - Zoo Trip
We took our cousin Ethan to the zoo in July & we had a great time! Ella's new favorite part is the "fossil dig" which is a glorified sandbox that causes a huge mess. But if it gets me out of having a sandbox in my own yard I'll gladly let her play in it!
8 - Museum of Play
This just didn't happen. I put it off, then when I finally got a day planned, we decided to go back to the trampoline park again instead.
9 - Playdate with Ethan (see #7)
10 - Blueberry Picking
We didn't get to go Blueberry Picking, but we did pick blackberries & raspberries on my parents' property at the country house!
11 - Road Trip!!
We're here in Myrtle Beach as we speak!
12 - Have a Sleepover at Aunt Britt's
Ella had a couple sleepovers at her Aunt Britt's house! The most notable of her sleepovers was probably the night that I went into labor & she got dropped off in the middle of the night though.
13 - Sidewalk Chalk
All day, every day. Ella loves her chalk.
14 - Bake on a Rainy Day
Nope. Didn't happen. Maybe next year...
15 - Do a Craft
We didn't do a lot of crafts (it's just not my strong suit), but we did manage to create firecrackers for the 4th of July!
16 - Have a Picnic with Daddy at Work
Never got to this one. I don't think Eric is too upset about it either. We're kind of a handful these days...
17 - Go Running
I just had my first run on Monday morning & I am SORE. It's going to take me awhile to get back into it, but it feels good to be back, no matter how slowly I'm going.
18 -Turn 3!
You can read about Ella's Birthday Party here!
19 - Get Tacos
This was an easy one!
20 - Become a Big Sister!
You can read about Olivia's arrival here!