Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Checking In: Summer Bucket List

Last night we officially ended summer the same day we started… with a Labor Day BBQ on my parents deck.  It was perfect weather, a perfect time AND we enjoyed wedding cake - yum!  It's a little hard to bounce back today after a fantastic and jam packed long weekend - we took off Friday for Providence to celebrate a college friend's wedding and flew in yesterday just in time for a little lounging/napping and the BBQ.

And this summer's story was… Enjoy

This summer was one of the best.  Last summer was one of the best and definitely most memorable in a different way - it was all about building and moving into a new house and finalizing wedding details.  We had making up to do in the "regular summer activities" department this summer and we did just that. Part of me feels like the summer flew by yet memories of early summer days feel like so long ago.

Today I'm taking a peek back at my summer bucket list that I shared on the first of June.

+ Lay by the pool: We were lucky enough to enjoy a decent amount of pool days (my favorite one: here)
+ Baseball games: The Phillies might not be good this year but our many games down at the stadium were highly enjoyable.
+ Picnic: I was hoping to pack up a basket at home and get to one of the local parks but we packed up a cooler with all the fixings in CA and picniced at a winery so that works too. 

+ Ice Cream Night: We've had more ice cream nights than ever before on the deck this year (I don't know if that's a good or bad thing, ha!) but we had a few nights out for froyo too.
+ Wine Tasting: We went to a winery when in Maryland for a tasting as well as a full day of wine tasting in Malibu on our recent vacation.
+ Golf: The first round of golf was a success (we went on Father's Day) but I think next time I'll just stick to nine holes.  Eighteen is TOO long.

+ Homemade Lemonade: Lemonade was made at the beginning of the summer (here) and it was delicious! It definitely took a lot of lemons.
+ Fishing: Just last weekend at the lake I gave it a few tries.  I wasn't the one to make the catch but we did catch a catfish.
+ Grow Fresh Veggies & Flowers: This was such fun and more successful (some of the items) that I thought.  (all the details: here)

+ Dog Friendly Bar: Not a bar but a restaurant and all three of us enjoyed - pups should be allowed more places.
+ Lake Visits: YES! And quite sad they are over (posts here)
+ Patio Dining: The better question was when were we not dining al fresco.  On our own deck, at patios at restaurants, the porch at the lake, dining under the stars - we were always outside if it was a possibility.

+ Visits with all our out of town friends (and lots of visits with local friends): At least once we saw all of our out of town friends as well as visits with our local friends too.
+ Family Trip: Boston was the best spot to visit - we had such fun.  (posts here & here)
+ Brunches & Happy Hours: Not as many as I'd like but we at least got in one of each.

+ Feet in the Sand: One day is better than none - dipping my toes in the sand was relaxing.
+Anniversary Trip: The best trip at that - we had such a good time being disconnected for over a week. We're already wanting to go back (the first parts of our trip here & here)
+ S'Mores Night: This one barely got in but we finally made these delicious (I forgot how good they were) treats at our last lake weekend.

+Strawberry Picking: This is something I'd never done before and it was a treat - Maybe apple picking is in store for the fall.
+Afternoons/Nights at Home: By home I mean my parents house, ha! Not too many afternoons but we did enjoy some nights out on their deck.

Things not completed and being saved for next summer… 
+ Be a tourist in the city (actually I'm hoping to get this one in the fall!)
+ DIY (this is another one that could be sooner than next summer… I'm thinking holiday season!)
+ Christmas in July
+ New Drink Recipes


  1. You rocked that Summer bucket list girl - such a fun time!!! I think the picnic in California was a great treat too!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. Go you!! You guys definitely made the most of this summer, and you have the memories and photos to prove it :)

  3. Can't believe summer is over!! You guys did so much, I'm jealous! Ready for Fall now ;)

  4. You guys had such an amazing summer!! I'm impressed with all of the fun things you did. Cheers to another great season getting started and all the fun you'll hVe. Can't wait to see.

  5. Looks like you had so much fun this summer! I've loved reading all about your trips to the lake and, of course, your vacations to Cali and Boston! So glad that you were able to accomplish so much this summer and still able to relax a little bit.

  6. You had an incredible summer gurlie! And picnicing in Cali and all the pool time would be two of my favs! Cheers to rocking your summer bucket list <3

  7. Yay for having such a great summer and for knocking so many things off your bucket list! I think being a tourist in the fall sounds like a great idea!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  8. you really knocked a lot ofthings off the list! good for you! loved the update :)

  9. Whoop whoop! So glad you guys were able to accomplish all of your summer bucket list items. It looks like you guys had such an amazing summer! Here's to the best fall ever!

  10. It looks like you guys had the best summer. Love it. Now on to fall, and hoping it's a warm one. ;)

  11. You all were great at knocking things off your list! Ha, I didn't do so well on my Summertime bucket list. I'm going to try and wrap up my items by the end of the month!

    xo, Carly
    P.S. - I changed my blog name to carly blogs!

  12. You definitely had a successful and fun summer! So many memories to look back on!

  13. You sure had an amazing summer, well done lady!

  14. Wow, you did a fantastic job with your bucket list this year!! This reminds me, I definitely need to recap my own list... though I did not do as well as you haha!

  15. Way to go! You checked almost everything off...that is awesome. And it looks like you had so much fun doing everything!

  16. Y'all had a fun filled summer! Reading through your list, reminded me of some of the things that we didn't get to do this summer - there's always next year ;)

  17. I feel like you all fit in a ton of fun this summer!

  18. Fun! Looks like you guys got most of it done! We can't wait to get started on our fall bucket list! My favorite time of year!

  19. A summer bucket list is such a good idea. Maybe I'll do one for fall =) This summer went WAY too fast but it seems like you made the most of it!

  20. Wow I am so impressed with all you did this summer! And it's never a bad thing to have a few things to look forward to next summer that will hold you over while winter is here. - Svetlana @Life with a Side of Wine

  21. You did SO much! Good job girl! Ice cream nights are the best :)

  22. You got a lot done! I also wanted to do christmas in July but I never got around to it! - Seri from www.Serisblog.com

  23. I'm super impressed with all of the fun that you managed to squeeze into one summer!

  24. You guys knocked so many things off your list! Apple picking is one of my favorite fall traditions!

  25. Wow, you had such a great summer. You did so much! I cannot wait to go Apple picking, now if the weather could just get cooler.

  26. Wow! You really accomplished the majority of your list! I'm super impressed. Looked like a really really fun summer. And happy anniversary, Christina!

  27. You totally killed all things summer!! I'm seriously jealous of your summer! How was the wedding cake? Ours got ruined when we lost power for a few days... but I've been thinking I want to ask the Ritz to make a small one for us to celebrate with!