Thursday, May 24, 2012

our summer manifesto

Last year I wrote a post about our summer plans and this week, as part of my less list, I've been revising that list to our 2012 plans. This morning, I was totally inspired by Ali's summer manifesto post and thought I would share the beginnings of mine:
  • Plan fewer errands, including the post office and 'just because' trips to Target and the like.
  • Camp in the tent in the backyard.
  • Attend one of Mark's softball games.
  • Consume large amounts of watermelon, corn on the cob, potato salad + popsicles.
  • Go to the farmer's market + buy local produce (can we try to do this at least every other Saturday?)
  • Go on bike rides - with and without the kids.
  • Plan easy-to-make, simple ingredient dinners + give our new grill a workout.
  • Make regular plans to visit with my mom + sister, since they'll both have the summer off.
  • Eat lunch + dinner outside - as often as possible.
  • Go to our library's storytime on Thursday mornings (love that it is outside in the summer).
  • Visit our favorite parks - feed the ducks, play on the swings + get wet at the splash pad.
  • Spend (the majority) of Parker's nap outside, instead of in front of the computer. Read books with Morgan in the grass.
  • Go on a nature walk.
  • Find and perfect a signature summer (adult?) beverage. 
  • Explore our favorite zoos - Detroit + Toledo.
  • Visit our local lakes + play at the beach. We loved doing this last year!
  • Keep the cooler clean + the fridge and pantry well-stocked for spur-of-the-moment outings.
Other Events :
  • Camping in Port Crescent (same park as last year)
  • Visit the local fairs + festivals : Ann Arbor Art Fair, Founder's Festival, Ann Arbor Summer Festival are a few on the top of my head.
  • Attend a couple of local parades : Memorial Day + Founder's Parade
  • At the park : Marshmellow Fly + Fry and Splash Bash
And while I was typing up this list, I asked Morgan (who will be 4 in a couple weeks) what she'd like to do this summer. This was her response :
  • go to a Fresh Beat Band concert
  • make pictures
  • go to the water park
  • see a puppet show at the fair and go on the ferris wheel
  • and my favorite : take a train ride home from the zoo like Polar Express
If you would like to read more summer manifestos, click over to Ali's blog where other people are sharing their plans. If you are here from Ali's blog, welcome! Thank you for reading. :)


  1. thanks for sharing! I need lots of keep busy ideas for summer :)

  2. Oh my all sounds like a very fun summer! And I am so up to more visits with you and the "littles".