Let’s Talk About Goals: Originally Published 6/12/2012

…and by goals I do not mean lofty ones.


Hello, summer.


Let’s talk about what we want from each other.  I need you to know that since I’ve had three babies in five years, it’s been awhile since I’ve truly been able to enjoy you to the best of my ability.  I’ve been really pregnant, or a little pregnant, or hanging out with an infant for a few summers now.  Sure, there was that one year when Toast was about one and a half, but that only served to whet my appetite for more….more time outside watching independently mobile children play. More time not sitting on a blanket trying to convince a baby NOT to eat the sticks and leaves, but in the garden while they toddled around on the grass.  In short, I’ve been waiting for the summer where I (and my kids) had a little more freedom and independence.


So, summer, now you know why I’ve called you here.  Let me talk a little about my needs….I was inspired a while ago by this post written by one of my favorite bloggers, Ali Edwards.  She is calling her list a “manifesto”, but I feel a bit more comfortable just calling mine a bucket list.  So here’s what I want to accomplish with you this year:


– Take the boys for ice cream after dinner…do it more than once this year

– Plant a garden

– Eat outside as much as possible

– Enjoy all three meals outside: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, at least once (dinner’s easy…the other two, not so much)

– Pick up breakfast and eat it at a park early in the morning one day

– Play in the sprinklers

– Go Up North. (Not a Michigander? Here’s what that means.)

– Take the boys camping



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