Monday, April 11, 2011

Summer Adventures

I love that warmer weather has arrived and wrapped her arms around me. I've been waiting for this hug aaaaaaaaaaaaaall winter long. Spring and summer bring such a great sense of possibility. There's more to see, do and experience, and I can't wait to get out there. I've decided I better put some of my goals down on paper (or megabyte, or whatever you call it when it's out in cyberspace). Let's hope this works better than my Christmas season goals (of which we accomplished nothing).

  • An Indianapolis Indians game. Back in the pre-arrow days, this was a favorite date night for my husband and me. Victory Field is one of the best minor league ballparks in the country, and it's so family friendly. I can't believe we haven't taken the arrow yet, but that will definitely change this summer. (So if the end of July rolls around and I have written about it, you'll remind me, right?)
  • Farms. I really want to go to a u-pick farm (strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are all readily available in the summer throughout Indiana). There's also a lavender farm, herb farm and buffalo farm around Indiana that intrigue me. And I'd love a return trip to Traders Point Creamery, this time in the summer. Of course, this will be in addition to our nearly weekly trips to nearby farmers markets!
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    Camping at Warren Dunes in Michigan last fall
    
  • More camping. We took the arrow camping at Warren Dunes State Park in southwest Michigan last fall and had a blast, despite a 40-degree drop in temperature while there. I've got a few spots in mind that I want to get to around southern Indiana: McCormicks Creek State Park (one of Indiana's best campgrounds, in my opinion), Clifty Falls State Park (from which we can explore quaint Madison, Indiana or venture over to Cincinnati), and Spring Mill State Park (a jewel in Indiana's state park system that I'm embarassed to admit I've never visited).
  • A long weekend away. Most of my husband's vacation time is already allocated to a few things we've got going on this year. But we've got a day or two to play with here and there this summer, so I'd love to do a little mini-trip. Maybe cash in some frequent flyer miles and head to Washington DC? Or a hiking trip somewhere closer? A visit to the Windy City? Perhaps we'll join my sister's family for a few days on their summer vacation.
There are a few "adventures" around home that require our attention this summer, too.
  • Transitioning the arrow to a big boy bed. Hold me.
  • Potty training. Hold me tighter.
Sigh. I'm trying to look on the bright side. While I might lose my sanity, it will hopefully mean the end of diapers and dragging that pack 'n play all over God's creation. If this blog goes radio silent for a few weeks, it just might be because no one is sleeping and we're drowning in soiled laundry. Send help.

The arrow and his dad grilling last summer.
So fire up the grill and let's get these summer adventures rolling. If you're looking for us, we'll be in the backyard letting the arrow run around naked.

This post is a part of Mondays are for Dreaming at The Mother of All Trips and What's Your Word: Adventure at Mommy Words.