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I can’t even believe it’s that time already. Another season come and gone. Another bucket list almost completed. Another new season begins. And more fun things to check off. This time, my focus was on appreciating the simple things. While there are a few outings and such on this year’s Summer Bucket List, it’s a little more about getting back to basics.
I made the list while the kids were out with The Ex today, and Nick spied it on the refrigerator as soon as he came home. I watched him reading through it, and when he came out of the kitchen, he nodded. “I approve,” he said. “I’ll let you know if I have anything else to add.”
This summer, I hope to get several trips to the Jersey Shore under our belts. The kids love the water, and I love the shore. It’s a win win. There’s something about heading south that makes it very easy to leave everything behind (I know Sarah, as well as many others, agree). Some sort of magic happens when sand and salt water meet, and all the sudden, everything is right with the world. That, and once we get to my parents’ house, all the to-do lists and checklists are out the window. The only thing you CAN do is relax. It’s hard for me to do absolutely nothing, but I completely appreciate the rewards of forced relaxation. Even just the drive down the parkway does wonders for clearing my head. The trip through the tolls and stops at the rest stops never fail to remind me of summers spent down the shore while we were growing up. I love that my kids are enjoying some of the very same traditions I enjoyed back then.
This year, Madeline is taking three weeks worth of swimming lessons, and I can’t wait for her to get started next week. She is my fearless child, known for jumping off the dock without waiting to make sure someone is there to catch her. And although I wholeheartedly embrace her fearlessness characteristics, my heart would beat a little slower once she has more basic skills under her belt. This is her favorite bathing suit from Old Navy (the closest one to rainbow stripes), no bunching, no slipping, super modest, and super cute. Their bathing suits are also really good at lasting the entire season, which my wallet appreciates. They’d probably last more than one season if the kids would only stop growing so darn much.