SUMMER 2021!

We’ve been creating quite the bucket list for Summer 2021! These cold cold February days have me dreaming of warmer weather. There are a few non-negotiables I’ve come up with and I thought I’d share them with you all! Hopefully by Summer, COVID will die down and we will all be fully vaccinated. We’ve all already had COVID and I’m vaccinated as well.


Last Summer, we bought a pool. Craig and I NEVER had a pool like this growing up. I had no idea how to maintain it, or set it up but after having a pool all Summer, we will never go back! In fact, I’m hoping to get a pool heater this Spring so we can extend our time in the pool! If you have used one in the past and found one you love, let me know!

We also have Lost Island on our bucket list – an outdoor waterpark about an hour from our house. I’ll get the boys into private swimming lessons too. Lots of time in the water and in the sun!


We’ve spent so much time quarantined away from family this past year that I can’t wait to go on day trips to visit my brother and sister and their families! Buck lives in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area and Kayla lives in the Dubuque-ish area so it’ll be fun to have a cousin play day – maybe head to a museum or a park! We love the National Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque so maybe a family meet up there would be fun! I also want to snuggle my sisters new twins due this Spring!


Have you guys heard of RAGBRAI? It stands for the Registers Annual Great Ride Across Iowa – they break up Iowa into a week’s worth of biking and you bike across the state! Craig and I aren’t going to ride the WHOLE way across Iowa but we think we will hop on in Fort Dodge and hop off in Waterloo – 2 days of riding around 100 miles. So that means we are looking for a place to stay in Iowa Falls for the night if any of my readers are in the area! We are so ready to bike the Summer away πŸ™‚


Speaking of biking, we are going mountain biking WEEKLY – we think we will hire a sitter every Wednesday to make sure Craig and I prioritize our time together and get on the trails as much as possible. We’ve been scoping out what trails we need to hit this Summer and watching YouTube videos of maps and trails we want to try!


Like every day – every where – touring parks across NEIA while the boys play and I skate πŸ™‚ I’m so so looking forward to this!


We want to spend a whole day in Clear Lake, IA – skating or biking around the lake, paddle boarding, going to the park, playing on the beach, maybe renting a boat.

We want to get up to Apostle Islands in Wisconsin and check out their mountain biking trails. Apostle Islands has beautiful caves and shores for paddle boarding too – also on my bucket list. I’d love to explore other mountain biking trails in Iowa/Minnesota/Wisconsin/Illinois as well!

I’d love to get to the State Fair or some kind of amusement park/rides. We loved going around and trying the food a few years ago before a concert! I think the boys would love it too! I took that week off already so we can squeeze anything that didn’t fit on our bucket list into that week!


I’ve tried and failed at a garden more times than I can count! BUT this year, I’d like to plant an herb garden! Chives, green onions, parsley, oregano, rosemary, but most of all, CILANTRO! Yummy πŸ™‚


I want to add sand under our play set so the boys can play! I want to sip coffee while they drive their jeep around the yard, I want to just take in the outdoors – everything I can’t do in this bitter February!

Most of all, I can’t wait to create new memories with this crazy crew! What are you looking forward to most this Summer? Drop a comment below! I read every single one πŸ™‚

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  1. Kelli Hanken
    February 24, 2021 / 2:55 pm

    I want to snuggle my babies while you send me pictures of Georgie doing all sorts of fun things!! Just kidding!! I am super excited–and a little terrified–to watch Georgie become a big sister!

  2. Amy
    February 24, 2021 / 3:01 pm

    Sounds like you have a little Spring fever. πŸ™‚ I am looking forward to cook outs with my family. Campfires and longer days. I don’t spend much time outdoors as I burn from the sun so badly, even with lotion. And I am allergic to bees. But I can’t wait for warmer days so I can paint my kitchen and work on other home remodeling projects.

  3. Kim J LeMere
    February 24, 2021 / 3:36 pm

    One has to fit lots of outside activities/fun into the summer months when you live in snow country. Our son has biked across Iowa and for all those folks who thinks its flat, uh no. We have daffodils and tulips poking out of the ground here in Middle Tn and today it will be 65, so time for me to spruce up the flower beds and do a little fertilizing and weeding. I have never had much success with a garden so flowers are my thing.

  4. Kay Schleusner
    February 24, 2021 / 11:58 pm

    I can’t wait to go camping at Pulpit rock campgrounds. We love Decorah. In fact last 2 years that is only campgrounds we have stayed at.

    • thepinkshoelaces
      March 9, 2021 / 8:43 am

      Decorah is my FAVORITE town ever <3 We would live there if it wasn't so darn expensive!

  5. DonnaP.
    February 25, 2021 / 12:51 pm

    Being we live in an RV, most people think we can travel anywhere we want but we have restrictions like everyone else. Dh started making reservations last month for this spring and summer and guess what? Every place we wanted to go was either completely booked or almost – we took the almost of course. And we wanted to travel the northeast but it’s still closed off with several states still having a waiting period of up to two weeks before you can venture out. So, we’ll travel where we can, when we can and pray that this will all blow over eventually for everyone!
    Love and prayers

  6. Julie Meirick
    February 25, 2021 / 6:05 pm

    State Fair!
    Biking in NE Iowa!
    Minnesota Twins games!
    Biking in Des Moines with Alex & Nick!
    Biking on new trails!
    Mostly hanging with friends & family I haven’t seen much of in the last year!

  7. Paula Nordt
    February 26, 2021 / 3:33 am

    Hiking at Brazos Bend State Park. Getting in shape for a hiking trip in Acadia National Park in September. Trying to keep my plants alive during a Texas summer (the ones that survive our rare week long freezing temperatures in February!). Relaxing on the back porch watching the birds, bees, and squirrels after an intense year of substitute teaching during COVID. Taking care of our beehives that survived the freeze. And spending much needed time snuggling my new granddaughter!

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