It was a long winter in the Greer household – with me waddling around heavily pregnant, desperately trying to savour the last of my days with ‘just Beau’ (which in reality turned out to be a lot of snuggling, watching TV, reading books, and visiting cafes for fluffy milk and allthefoodsplease).
And then Georgie was born on the third day of spring – almost two weeks passed her expected due date, as though she was clinging onto her warm cocoon, not at all interested in being born until the weather improved.
And now… we are just 6 days away from the summer-time! Spring – and Georgie’s glorious fourth trimester – is almost over, already.
I intend to write more about her fourth trimester, our wonderful babymoon, and prioritising the adjustment into a family-of-four… but today I want to share with you our S U M M E R B U C K E T L I S T ! Because priorities!
I made a decision recently that I need to prioritise what matters most to me, above anything else – and that is quality time with my family, getting out into nature, and having bucket-loads of fun together.
On one particularly long afternoon of cluster-feeding, when Georgie was just born… and I had just finished reading Constance Hall’s book ‘Like a Queen,’ feeling inspired by her discussion around surrender and choosing joy with her children over literally anything else… I got out a pen and a piece of paper.
Right in the centre of this piece of paper, I scrawled “summer bucket list” and drew a cloud shape around it. And, when Nick got home that evening, we listed all the things that came to mind in anticipation of our summer-time with the children. Not a list of things we should do, but a list of the things we could do.
So I stuck this piece of paper under a magnet on the fridge, replacing the list of housework formerly there, and it’s a daily reminder to me to embrace the things I most enjoy doing.
Our weeks are pretty full on – just as yours would be – Nick runs his own Building & Project Management company, often working 12 hour days, and I’m full-time mother to an active preschooler and a breastfed baby. Saturdays come and are a flurry of errands, and housework, and catch ups, and each getting a bit of time for ourselves. But then – Sundays.
Sundays are our family days. Our no work, no commitments, no plans days. We avoid sharing these days with others, cherishing the time as just the four of us. Sundays are our bucket list days. The mornings are for having fun, getting out and doing things we really enjoy – maybe there’ll be a long car journey for the little ones to nap, a place to easily push a stroller, lots of trees and wide open spaces, a picnic to enjoy, and blue summer skies. And then the afternoons are reserved for relaxing – watching TV or a film, reading books, figuring out whose turn it is to mold play dough or build duplo, and later on eating a favourite meal.
The best way to end and start any week. Fulfilled.
What would you put on your own summer bucket list? I’d love to know!
S U M M E R B U C K E T L I S T
- Have a picnic in Cornwall Park
- Smell the flowers in the Auckland Domain
- Meet the animals at Auckland Zoo
- Go for a trip on the Glenbrook Railway
- Try new foods at the Clevedon Farmers Market
- Pick strawberries in Kumeu – starts here after Christmas
- Go on beach trips – to Long Bay, Omaha, Pakiri…
- Camping in the Coromandel – toast marshmallows!
- Discover local walkways & playgrounds – buggy-friendly Auckland here
- Garden fun – paddling pool, sand tray, BBQs + homemade popsicles (try this, this or this)
- Water fun at the Albany stadium childrens’ pools (tip: go early!)
- Go up the Sky Tower on a City trip
- Catch the ferry to Waiheke Island
- Build forts on rainy days
- Walk around Lake Pupuke
- Walk through Shakespear Regional Park
- Kids Kingdom, to celebrate Beau starting preschool.