I’ve had a draft post titled “2017 bucket list” saved since January and somehow I never got around to writing it never mind accomplishing the things that I was going to put on it.
And now here we are halfway through the year, so I thought this would be a good time to scrap that post and make a new one for summer instead! Also, it’s our first summer with a kid so there are so many new things to do… but also, we have a kid so there’s so many things that I will probably forget I want to do unless I write it down haha.
So here is my Summer Bucket List 2017
Mooney’s Bay beach day(s) // This is probably my favorite place in Ottawa in the summer time. There’s a huge beach, tons of green space, picnic tables, bbq pits, playgrounds, an ice cream shack, burger shack, and is only a 5 minute drive from our house.
I’ll admit I haven’t been to any other beaches in the city, but with this one being so close to home I don’t have much of a reason to venture to a different one. I’m so excited to take Bash to the beach and see which of his parents he takes after when it comes to sand and water! ;)
Prince Edward County trip // I’m sure I’ve said this on here at some point in the past, but ever since moving to Ottawa I’ve wanted to go here. I feel like if you’re not from here you have no idea what it is and if you are from here you’re so used to it just being there that it’s no big deal.
No one ever seems to talk about it, but it is this gorgeous looking place with beaches, wine, adorable towns, delicious food, quirky shops, and a seemingly perfect place for a mini holiday. And it’s only a couple of hours away! Here’s hoping this is the finally the year.
Camping // A lot of Matt’s family have campers at a campground together so I’m sure we will have lots of days out there this year. Bash’s first camping trip is happening this weekend too! Wish us luck!
Ribfest // Incase you didn’t know Ottawa has a thing for festivals, particularly food festivals. Poutinefest is my favorite, but that usually happens in the spring and fall (yep, twice a year. We take our poutine very seriously), but Ribfest is also super delicious! You walk in hungry and you walk out way too full and smelling like BBQ. It’s pretty great.
Playa del Popsicle // This adorable popsicle stand opened up last year and I never made it there so I’m determined to go this year!
Ice cream // No particular location or plan for this one except to consume as much ice cream as I can. Because summer.
Outdoor pools + splash parks // I’ll be the first to admit that I’m 100% going to use my baby as an excuse to go to these this summer when it’s over +30 for the billionth day in a row. I love outdoor pools and haven’t got to go to one in years! Although I have no idea where the good ones are in Ottawa – suggestions anyone?
Get family photos done // Even though we’re both photographers we’re the worst at getting professional photos done. In fact the only time we ever have was for our wedding. But again baby = great excuse. So who wants to photograph a will-be 9 month old and his 2 super-awkward-in-front-of-the-camera photographer parents? Anyone? …. any takers? … hello? …
Go out with Matt sans baby // Confession time: before I was a parent I may have judged those that would say that they haven’t left their baby overnight with someone else or that they did eeeeverything with their kids in tow. And now I’m that parent. Oops. haha.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my short 7 months of being a mom is: don’t judge anyone else for how they choose to parent. You have no idea their life or feelings or reasons behind doing things they way they do it and who are we to tell them they’re wrong?
The longest I’ve ever left Bash is around half a day and it’s mainly because I just really like hanging out with him. He’s the coolest! (Also, me being his main food source may have something to do with it too). But every one of those times has been by myself or for work or with other people. Matt and I have never done anything together, without Bash, except for a quick 10 minute trip to the grocery store once. Yikes.
All that being said I’m still not ready to leave him overnight somewhere, but I am starting to think it might be a good idea for the two of us to go for dinner or something sometime. Where we will obviously just talk about the baby and look at photos and videos of him the whole time, but I am so okay with that ;)
Go to EUROPE (!!!) // Okay, this one is on here only because it’s actually happening! YAY.
I’ve never been anywhere in Europe before and it still doesn’t feel real yet, but the flights have been booked so we will be closing out our summer with 2 weeks in Sweden, Estonia, and Italy with Matt’s family. I. Can’t. Wait.
That’s what I’ve got so far and if half of those things happen it will make for a pretty awesome summer!