Monday, June 1, 2015

Life // Summer 2015

Happy Monday and hello June! I know that summer doesn't technically start for a few more weeks, but after a warm and sunny weekend here in Portland, it definitely feels like summer is here already! 

In the past, I've enjoyed putting together posts with a list of things I'd like to do for that particular season. I haven't had a chance to do one since Henry was born and so today seemed like the perfect time! The summer always seems to fly (and I'm sure it's going to go by even more quickly this year with a baby!) and so taking the time to write down the things I'd like to do seems to help. I know that we might not get to everything on this list, but here are a few things that I'd love to do this summer...

+Go camping at least twice

+Read at least 3 non-baby related books 
(I'm setting the bar kind of low because I haven't been the best about reading since Henry was born!)

+Hike Oneonta Gorge

+Finalize the details for our trip to Europe
(My sister is getting married in France in July and so we're taking Henry across the pond for the wedding and making a family vacation of it...definitely the highlight of this summer for sure! I'm super excited but there are quite a few loose ends I need to tie up before we leave, not to mention traveling internationally with a baby takes a bit more preparation!)

+Go to Astoria, OR

+Make homemade ice cream
(I have to do this at least once during the summer!)

+Go to the zoo

+Go to Tahoe for a long weekend
(This is probably a stretch with our Europe trip but I'd love to make it happen!)

+Sign Henry up for swim class

+Outfit our backyard for entertaining
(Cameron built a deck over Memorial Day weekend which is awesome, and now he just needs to add some finishing touches. Once that's done, then we're planning to get some furniture for it along with a grill. We're also want to get a fire pit for the yard and I'm looking forward to having people over!)

+Go to Bend, OR

+Get down to the wineries at least twice
(We haven't been since before Henry was born and I know quite a few of the wineries are pretty kid-friendly and good for picnics!) 

+Do at least 3 day hikes with Henry

+De-clutter the house
(I've got this book on my Kindle and I'm looking forward to purging a lot of our junk this summer)

+Go to Cannon Beach, OR

+Have family photos taken
(After all, Henry has changed a little bit since we had these done!)

+Cook with the veggies from our garden

+Get a better cleaning schedule in place
(Right now I feel like I don't have a good system of breaking things up into a few tasks each day and instead a whole day ends up getting devoted to cleaning...and ain't nobody got time for that in the summer!)

+Take Henry to Book Babies at the library

+Do a capsule wardrobe for the summer
(This is definitely happening and the wheels are already in motion...excited to share more soon!)

+Go to an outdoor concert

+Blog more!
(This post is a start and I've got a fun giveaway coming tomorrow!)

In addition to the stuff on this list, I'm excited for all our usual summer activities - getting together with friends, going on walks, dining al fresco, going to the farmer's market, and just spending as much time outside as possible. And now that Henry is here, I know this summer will be the most fun one yet!

What about you? What are you looking forward to this summer?


  1. This list is AMAZING! If you do even half of the stuff on here, you will have a great summer. Now I am feeling kind of inspired to make my own list. :)

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  2. yay! everything on this is awesome! i need to make one as well!

  3. What a great list of things for summer! And seriously cannot get enough of Henry and those shades!! Ah, such a doll.

  4. what a fun summer! we have a few things planned (trip to tucson and to san diego). Other than that just planning to hit the pool a few times and do some berry picking. have to keep thing realistic with 3 kids!

  5. This list sounds AMAZING - Can I be you for the summer?! Seriously though, if you need any suggestions on the winery front, let me know, I'm out there at least twice a month! Stoller is GREAT for kids...

  6. What fun plans! I've managed to keep my expectations for summer plans looooooow, what with having a baby mid-July and all. That said, we're looking forward to a lot of playing in splash pads, going to outdoor concerts in nearby parks and some yurt camping.

  7. So exciting about your trip to France! You need to tell us how the flight and time change go. And I can't wait to see your deck!

  8. Hi Jane- Great summer list! Have you ever hiked Oneonta Gorge before? If not, here are some tips I wish someone mentioned to me. To get to the falls you'll have to climb over gigantic logs --which end up being really slippery. --when you get to the other side of the logs-- there is a water hole that will most likely get you waist deep.-- hence the wet logs. A change of clothes/towel would of been nice. Other than that, if the weather is hot-- It will be a fun one Have a geat summer, hope you get to check most of these off your list.

  9. This is a great list!! I love all those things. Excited for fun nights on your deck!

  10. I need to make a list for summer too! This is a great list, especially with a baby!

  11. Love that photo of Henry! He's ready for summer :) Love the list too - I have many similar items on my list!

  12. great list!! i cant wait to hear about your trip to france (and traveling abroad with a baby!) i need to look into signing violet up for swim classes! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  13. Great list. I suggest hiking Oneota Gorge and then checking out the wineries in Hood River and White Salmon area. A two-for one off your check list. ...My friends own a swim school and offer awesome swim classes for all ages... but they are in Beaverton. If you want info and coupon let me know. PS. I do offer an "update" family photo session for all of my newborn clients. ;)

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