For the past few weeks, the weather has been pretty awful where I live, and I have not been able to get out with the girls as much as I would like to. Instead of getting down about all the things that I can’t do I decided to write a summer bucket list of all the things that I want to do with the girls as the summer months approach. I hope you enjoy reading my list and I would love to hear some ideas of what you plan on doing this summer.
1. Visit the National Museum of Scotland
Although the girls are relatively young, I think that they would enjoy looking around at the exhibits. The last time that I was at the museum was when I was at college studying Administration and IT 5 years ago and have been desperate to go back since. There is so much to look at and so many interactive activities I think that the girls will enjoy the day and will be an excellent activity for a rainy or cold day.
2. A picnic on the beach
Last year the girls absolutely loved going to the beach on the few hot days that we managed to get in Scotland. As soon as the girls set foot on the sand, they would begin to rip their clothes off so they could run about naked having the time of their lives. I can’t wait for the sun to be back so that we can have some picknick days at the beach.
3. A trip to the zoo
I feel like the summer wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the zoo. When my dad and I took the girls to the zoo last year I honestly don’t know who was more excited, the girls or I. Gabriella, even a year after still talks about seeing all the animals. I think that this year they will both appreciate it even more and the day will be even more exciting. I need to remember and take plenty of snacks with us because the girls both got quite hungry with all the walking.
4. Visit Dynamic Earth
I haven’t been to dynamic earth in years and have been really wanting to take a trip there with the girls. It is a science centre in Edinburgh that explores the earth and how it was created. Although Gabriella and Ava are still young and won’t fully understand the science, I think that there is more than enough there that will spark their imagination and excite them, plus I really want to go.
5. Make a fairy garden
I have been looking on Pinterest and seen a lot of fairy gardens and thought that they looked like a great addition to the garden. Gabriella and Ava both like the idea of fairies so I think that they would find it a really magical activity and it could be something that we continue to add to throughout the year.
6. Get back into my Miss Sixty jeans
This one is more of a personal goal for me, but I wanted to add it to the list as well. Since having the girls, my weight has gone up and down, and I want to put some focus on myself for once and make the final push to get back into my favourite pre-baby jeans.
7. Go for a more family walks
When I was younger, I used to absolutely love going for walks and exploring. We are fortunate to live close to so many beautiful nature reserves and estates that are amazing to go for walks. Now that Gabriella and ava are old enough to go for a longer adventure I want to make the most of it once the weather warms up. I love the idea of going for scavenger hunts, and I think that the girls would too.
8. Finish painting the house
I have lived in this house for almost three years and still, am not finished painting. Although I know that this place isn’t going to be a long-term, forever home I am sick of it not being at least be painted. I grudge spending much money on the house itself because I know I don’t want to be here for a long time but I do want it to feel more homely.
9. Potty train the girls
I think I am pretty much done potty training with Gabriella. We just need to build up confidence going when we are out in public and when she is at daycare. Ava has begun to use the potty in the house, but I want to take full advantage of the warmer weather when I can put the girls in dresses and skirts which will make potty training a lot less messy and reduce the amount of laundry that comes with potty training.
10. Have fun
This summer I want to make sure not waste a single day. Whether we have a big day out or just a quiet day playing at home, I want to have fun and enjoy myself. As the girls are getting older, I am becoming more and more aware of how quickly time goes. I really want to learn how to ‘live in the moment’ a lot more and appreciate each day. After all, the girls will never be this young ever again, and I just want to make the most of it and enjoy spending time with them and making memories.