Summer summer summer time! Oh how we love summer! The slow long days. The cool refreshing drinks and meals. Even soups get transformed into something cooler.
Watermelons! Berries! Ice cream! Beach! Sand! And a whole lot of sun!
Need I say more?
Truth be told, summer can get somewhat stressful sometimes because, well, I always make a “bucket list” of sort and I feel this pressure of making sure we get to cross out everything in the list! I’m learning though that the more relaxed I am about the said list (and really about everything else) – life is just 10x better.
So while I share this list with y’all – it’s really not so much that we get to do these awesome fun things this summer that makes it fun. But the manner in which we do it….and we intend to do it PLAYFULLY!
Give yourself permission to play this summer. As much as you can. Because summer comes only once a year. Savor it. Swim in it. Let it be the sensory wonderland that it is for you and your family.
Here’s how we plan to embrace summer in Seattle:
Road Trip to Vancouver BC - This is becoming a yearly tradition for us – we love Vancouver, BC! A combination of city living and nature feasting. I might have to write a blog post about our favorite things we love to do while we are there.
Go somewhere new. Aaah, yes. It’s always fun to try something new. And this spot seems like the perfect one for this year.
Best Blueberry Picking with a View at Bybee Blueberry Farm - We’ve tried several different farms by this, oh this! It makes you want to pick berries ALL DAY LONG so you can enjoy the view of the mountains.
Arts in Nature at Camp Long, August 10-11 - This one is especially close to home – a few blocks walking distance. What better combination than arts and outdoors?
Quick Visit to Portlandia + World Domination Summit - We make quick trips to Portlandia all the time – we love this weird city. But this year is quite special – we are going to the WDS! Wooohoo! Anyone else going?
Trip to the Oregon Coast - Another family tradition, except last year we went to Westport, WA instead. We do live close to the water but there is nothing like going to the coast for those big ocean waves.
Hike to WaterFalls - Our little one is now able to walk/hike farther distances then before (although we have to take LOTS of breaks and an occasional piggyback ride.) And it’s always a treat for kids to have a “reward” at the end – the sight of a gorgeous waterfall. My daughter dreams of climbing a rock next to a waterfall just like her brave hero, Merida. This experience comes pretty close.
Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park (Finding Nemo on July 25) – We’ve actually never done this. But this might be the year to give it a try! My husband and I used to watch movies on my mom’s backyard with our projector and we haven’t done that since. Hmmmm. Maybe we’ll do both this year!
Family Horseback Riding: We loved riding horses together while we were at Leavenworth earlier this spring and it would be fun to go again this summer.
Go canoeing on Lake Washington: Another family favorite at quite a low cost too! We just have to remember to bring hats and a cooler with snacks to keep us all happy for an hour or two.
Eat Tacos at Agua Verde: It’s just a fun place to eat and watch all the boats and kayakers go by.
Strawberry Festival in Vashon Island: We went last year and then hung out with my husband’s co-workers who owns a house at the island. We dream of living here someday and will use any excuse to visit!
Bicycle Sundays at Seward Park: Oh this! We especially enjoy doing this. It’s a challenge for me to ride my bike around the steep hills of Seattle, not to mention motorists next to me (and that I had absolutely no problem doing this in Shanghai boggles me) so it’s a treat for me to be able to do this with the rest of the fam.
Art Walks: Another fun slow family time window-shopping and discovering art by locals. And of course, an ice cream at the infamous Husky Deli in the end!
Hunt down Parfait Organic Ice Cream Truck: Parfait parked her wheels all summer long last summer (or was it two summers ago?) in our neighborhood but it has moved elsewhere.
Outdoor Pool by the Puget Sound: Oh it gets packed but it’s so worth it, even for a sensitive introvert like me! Weekdays are our best bet, and it’s only once a year deal so we make that half a mile (or so) walk from the parking lot to the pool!
West Seattle Street Fair: It’s fun to see the streets get transformed into a fair and see people we know!
Summer Reading Program with the Seattle Public LIbrary: I have mixed feelings about the reading program in our library but I’m glad they are doing it. We check out books all the time so I don’t think we’ll have a problem meeting the challenge.
Hang out with Beach Naturalists in Seattle beaches: We’ve never done this but a homeschooling mama told us about it one day while we were at the Park day with other homeschooling families. It sounds fun.
Ballard Lock Concerts: Something I’ve always wanted to do but never quite gotten to it.
Seafair – Pirates anyone? We’ve done this almost yearly and it’s fun to watch the pirates get off the “ships.”
Farmer’s Markets everywhere! – Need I say more?
Next up? How we plan to have fun AT HOME this summer. How about you? HOw do you plan to enjoy life this summer? And if you are a Seattle-lite and love this list, go ahead and share on Facebook. Or Pint it pin it!