Our Summer Bucket List

I’ve been seeing lots of summer bucket lists on mommy blogs, and I’ve got to say they look like fun! While I admit I was initially intimidated by the thought of actually trying to plan and execute fun things to do over the summer, I was also intrigued by it as well. Eventually I managed to make it past my bucket list writer’s block (hmm – let’s see, what do I want to do this summer? Survive. And not get sunburned. Anything else? Nah – that pretty much covers it.) and come up with some things I think we’ll all enjoy.

And so, in no particular order, here is our “2013 Summer Bucket List”:

  • Make homemade ice-cream
  • Go to a local outdoor concert event
  • Go for a hike at the local nature preserve
  • Go to the beach
  • Make homemade play dough
  • Go to a local garage sale

Nothing too complicated or spectacular (it’s hard to top “survive”, amiright?), but they’re all definitely doable.

My summer plans are to make messes everywhere!

My summer plans are to make messes everywhere!

What do you have planned for this summer?



7 Quick Takes: Vol. I

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I have been meaning to try my hand at this, since I see so many other bloggers who participate and it looks like fun. And since I’m woefully behind on blogging, it also seems like a great way to get a little bit “caught up” in chronicling the happenings at the Monster household.

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This happened this week:


First "big boy" haircut

First “big boy” haircut

I had P take him somewhere, as he is not very good at sitting still for me when I cut his hair. And he NEEDED a shorter haircut now that summer is here, otherwise he would have overheated.

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Monster has been really into building with blocks this week. Before, he loved building stuff just so he could knock it over, but now he is really getting into making different buildings. He makes up stories about his buildings – it’s too cute. The other night, P was helping him build with his wood blocks and he showed him how to “reinforce his structure” so it was less likely to fall. Now every time Monster builds with his wood blocks he makes sure to “reinforce the sructure (Monster is still working on mastering the pronunciation of that word). It’s too cute.

And in case you’re wondering what a ‘reinforced’ wood block structure looks like – here you go:


yep…future engineer in the making

— 4 —

P is taking a project design class this semester. When he came home from class the other night, he was laughing at another team’s presentation because apparently they went on and on about a material called Delrin and how wonderful it was. P couldn’t believe that anyone hadn’t already heard of it. (Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t heard of it – in the industries P and I work/have worked in, it’s a commonly used material). Anyways – if it isn’t painfully obviously already, Monster has little chance of not becoming a geek. Sorry, buddy!

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P and I celebrated our third anniversary this week. We agreed our “gift” would be a new dishwasher, since ours has recently broken. Apparently, P decided I also needed flowers and brought these home:


I’m not keeping them outside…the lighting inside was just horrible

Such a sweetheart. I am so blessed! We’ll see how long they last, I keep catching Monster petting them and trying to move them to his own personal table. That kid…

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P took a vacation day on Friday to help get stuff done around the house (like purchasing and installing a new dishwasher, as well as yard work). Monster took on the role of supervising the yard work.

I don't even know what to say about this face...

I don’t even know what to say about this face…

He took his job very seriously. 😉

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We also took a trip to our local library on Friday. Turns out, Monster was old enough to join their summer reading program so we signed him up. Which means he gets a new “prize” every week this summer when he visits the library, as well as raffle tickets to use in their Chinese raffle. Even if he doesn’t win anything, I think he’ll enjoy participating. This week he got a sand shovel and he keeps asking when we can go back to the library so we can get some more books. Too cute!

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Artist in the Making

Against my better judgement, I decided to get Monster some paint and brushes. I saw a sweet little idea for a Father’s Day gift that little ones could help with and it required paint (and a canvas, which I’ll be procuring later this week).

Today, we broke out the paints. And Monster loved it more than I could have imagined! My little man sat and painted for about an hour. And then kept asking to paint again and again for the rest of the day. In fact, Monster asked to take his paints to the playground when Daddy took him (so Mommy could get some things done without her little helper). Daddy obliged – I thought for sure it would be an instance where Monster insisted upon something only to forget about in 10 minutes. That was not the case today, apparently Monster took a break from swinging and sliding to paint!


Painting is serious business

Painting is serious business

...but it's fun too!

…but it’s fun too!

We also had some mini-meltdowns when Monster was told he couldn’t bring his paint to church and when he had to stop painting to go to bed.

Fortunately, it hasn’t been as messy as I expected. Monster did get on paint his shirt, arms and legs (due to resting his arm on his wet painting) but he was pretty good about staying on the paper. I also think it’s helping him learn his colors (although I think he already knew most of them, but usually won’t answer when I ask him what color something is). We are however, starting to suspect that Monster has red-green color blindness. He seems to have more trouble keeping those colors straight. I mistakenly thought color blindness was hereditary, but wikipedia.com has informed me otherwise. It could of course, be nothing (he is after all only 2). Looks like we need to work on letters and numbers faster so he can take the color blindness test sooner. 😉 Not that it would change anything though!

Here’s hoping my little painter stays enthusiastic about painting at least for the rest of the week, so we can start (and finish!) his Father’s Day gift.

What is your little one(s) favorite activity?

A Little Relaxing Chair

A couple of weekends ago, P built a child’s size Adirondack chair for our Monster. We had seen one on display at a local wood working shop and Monster had been enthralled.

He wasn’t sure about it at first….


…but he warmed up to it!


Of course, to-date, he’s spent more time sitting in the one we saw in the store than he has in his very own. Typical Monster. P has full-sized Adirondack chairs in the works for us as well. Hopefully once we have ours, Monster will sit in his longer than a minute!