Back in May, I made a Summer Fun List of things I wanted to do to make summer feel like summer. This weekend, I crossed off another item: going to a Phillies game!
My husband and I took our two older boys to Citizens Bank Park on Friday night. The weather was absolutely perfect. Just a little warm, a slight breeze, all clear as the sun set over the city. It was “Christmas in July” night and so we saw actual reindeer near the entrance! Alas, the Braves clobbered the Phillies 9-2, so hopefully, if I put this on the summer fun list again in future years, the outcome will be different.
We’re coming up on the end of July and I’ve made reasonable progress on my list. We went strawberry picking and to member night at the zoo. My husband and I went to Asbury Park’s beer garden during our week at the Jersey shore. We ate at Aquavit back in June; French Laundry is on the schedule for late August. We ate ice cream at Days in Ocean Grove many, many times. We have gone on a few family bike rides, though I haven’t done any solo. I have, however, gone swimming solo! Usually it’s just a quick lunch break thing, but it’s definitely fun to go in the pool and not worry about anyone but myself.
I’m making my way through the list of kids for Mommy Days. My daughter and I went to the American Girl cafe in NYC a few weeks ago; I’ll be doing the 9-year-old’s day this week. I have plans for the other two’s days in August. We went to the Phillies this weekend.
What I haven’t done yet: Listen to music outdoors! However, we have tickets to see Brad Paisley in early September, so I will just figure summer is stretching into back-to-school season. (We will also go to the fireworks and fountains show at Longwood Gardens at the beginning of September). We haven’t hiked in Yosemite yet, but that’s on the calendar for August.
As for editing my novel? Eh. I’ve done nothing. But at least I can confirm that I am “keeping all other professional expectations low.” Talk about an easy aspiration to hit!
I know this is the time of year when those “summer isn’t almost over!” posts start to accumulate. But I like to remind myself that for me, at least, summer is no where close to over. There are 31 days in August and two bonus days in September before the kids start school. And then the weather doesn’t change instantly. I’m looking forward to a few summery things before the equinox.