Sunday, June 30, 2013

Listicles: Ten Things I'm Looking Forward to this Summer

Like with a lot of things lately, I've let my participation in Listicles slide. I blame 'baby brain' due to pregnancy. When I saw this week's topic, I couldn't resist. Really looking forward to seeing all the rest of the entries this week!

"Papa, I want yours!" (See #7 below)
This summer is going to be full of some great milestones along with the usual fun stuff that I always love. So, without further ado, here's the Listicles listy-loo of what I'm looking forward to this summer:
  1. Some fun outings & playdates with my little boy. He won't be in daycare starting this week, so we'll have lots of time for adventures on weekdays now. Now that he's reached the age where he actually plays with his friends, not just near them, it can be entertaining & sometimes even relaxing to get him together with other kids.
  2. Breezy summer dresses with NO WAISTBANDS. Anything snug around my belly (read: bladder) is of utmost annoyance to me & has been for at least three months of this pregnancy already. Ten more weeks to go! 
  3. Hanging out with family & friends at all the gatherings we've got coming up: barbeques, several birthdays, probably a few house parties & a baby shower.
  4. Less rain--maybe even (gasp) putting away the gumboots for a while. July & August are generally the only months of the year where it doesn't rain near constantly in Vancouver.
  5. Free outdoor movies in Stanley Park. Last summer we went to three films: Labyrinth, The Princess Bride & Monty Python & the Holy Grail. We'd arrive an hour or so before dusk, set up a blanket, unpack the snacks & then usually discover at least half a dozen people that we knew who were also there. You can find the schedule of outdoor movie events here on Facebook.
  6. Warm evening walks. I really have to start doing some regular walks, as I've had to cut back on my cycling & I'm just not getting much exercise otherwise.
  7. Ice cream cones aplenty! Okay, I'll admit, I have been eating ice cream quite a bit for several months now. This is what happens when I'm pregnant: my normally somewhat lactose intolerant body temporarily regains the ability to digest dairy & I take advantage of it! Many of the aforementioned summer evening walks will be in the direction of the gelato place & the Dairy Queen on Main Street.
  8. Going to the Food Cart Fest. I know, I know, it's already started, but it'll be at least another week until we can get to it. Over 20 food trucks offering a diverse mix of internationally-inspired munchies for every set of tastebuds every Sunday until September 22.
  9. The PNE. Yes, it's cheesy, usually unbearably hot & packed with people but I love it anyway.  The mini donuts & livestock are too cute to resist! I've always had a special relationship with the Pacific National Exhibition because I was the only person in my family lucky enough to be born during the two weeks in late August that it happens & I went for my birthday quite a few times. Also: we've gone every year since Sprout was born--this will be his fourth time. Maybe he'll even be tall enough to go on some little kiddie rides this year...
  10. Baby! Obviously, what I'm looking forward to most this summer is seeing my daughter for the first time somewhere in early September. :)

So, leave me a comment: what are you looking forward to most this summer?


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20 comments:

  1. I love reading about other people's summers from around the country. Sounds like you have some fun stuff planned. Hope you get to enjoy the season in your final months of pregnancy. I had one of my children in August, so I loved being able to get outside and walk in the morning hours before and after her birth. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! It is fun to see what people do--I agree. I can't wait to read through everybody's lists. :)

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  2. Food cart fest sounds right up my alley!

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    1. It's pretty good. :) This is just the second year of it--food carts are a relatively new phenomenon in Vancouver.

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  3. Sounds like you have the makings of a wonderful summer. Ice cream in the summer makes me very happy, too. The Food Cart Fest sounds so fun, and good! I'm glad there isn't one around here, though. I wouldn't be able to pull my family away!
    Hopefully the heat will be kind to you and that pregnant belly of yours. Summer dresses are a lifesaver! (I have three late August/early September babies. Perfect time of year to give birth!)

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    1. Should be good, as long as we don't have too many more heat waves like this weekend. :P

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  4. What enjoyable list of things to look forward to! I can relate to the sundresses - LOVE THEM in the summer!

    I am looking forward to 4th of July - one of my favorite holidays. So many awesome memories with family on that day.

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    1. Enjoy the 4th! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Very nice list! We love our ice cream in the summer, too. But I'm really looking forward to taking my niece to see The Little Mermaid at our outdoor theatre in KC, seeing my nephew in August (when he's born), and starting my son in soccer! Welcome back to Monday Listicles :)

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    1. Glad to be back! :) Outdoor movies are pretty awesome. Reminds me a bit of going to the drive-in when I was a child.

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  6. OMgoodness that last one made me giddy. So exciting. I also am with you on no waistbands!!! and what great free movie choices! JEalous!

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    1. Yeah, it's nice to have a baby to look forward to near the end of the summer. :) It's true, whoever's picking the movies has really got it right. A child of the 80s, I'm guessing...

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  7. Great list especially #10! For the movies, do you take Linnaeus or leave him home? Does he stay awake or just sleep through it? I'd love to go but am nervous about how the kids would do!

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    1. We've always taken Sprout with us & he's stayed awake through the whole movie each time. But he is a night owl, so... If your kids usually go to bed at 7 or 8 o'clock, it might not work.

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  8. Ice Cream and a new baby sounds wonderful! Stopping by from Monday Listicles, have a great summer! -Adrienn/This Uncomplicated Journey

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  9. Oh my, cannot wait to 'meet' your baby girl!! Happy summer!

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    1. Pretty sure she'll be the star of the blog soon enough. :) Nine weeks to go (give or take two) now.

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  10. Oh yeah, ice cream cones in the summertime - love them!

    The free movies in the park sound like a lot of fun - I would have loved to have seen the Princess Bride, picnic-style.

    Happy belated Listicles Monday
    Yona from http://artpark78.com/blog1

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    1. I personally think "The Princess Bride" is good pretty much any way you see it. ;) It's even handy for a drinking game--so many hilarious oft-repeated lines in it to pick & drink to. Happy Listicles to you too!

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