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.
- POOL TIME
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!
- VISITING FAMILY!
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 🙂
- MOUNTAIN BIKING!
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!
- ROLLER SKATING
Like every day – every where – touring parks across NEIA while the boys play and I skate 🙂 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 🙂
- JUST BEING OUTSIDE!
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 🙂