Monday, August 19, 2013

Summer Bucketlist {re-visited}

As summer comes to a close (so depressing!) I thought I should re-visit my summer bucket list and see what things I was able to cross off my list...
-Bike ride on the Loveland bike trail 
We didn't make it to the actual bike trail, but we did both get new (to us) mountain bikes and took several rides around town and in the park near our house 

-Try out at least 3 new restaurants in downtown Cincy  
One thing we definitely did this summer was explore our city. We tried out more than 3 new restaurants, but these were some of my favorites: Echo, Taste of Belgium and Anchor

-Read at least 10 books on my list (FAIL, I read 4 and a half)
I read The Princess Bride, The Distant Hours, Call the Midwife, Bread & Wine and I'm in the middle of Wild

-Use our canoe  
I'm going to count Kayaking
-Try out some new donut recipes (FAIL, but we will get around to it one of these days)

-Have a picnic at the park
A few of my girlfriends picked up Whole Foods and took it to the park near my house. We laid out a blanket, ate and napped in the sun.
-Go to the drive in
We saw Monsters University/Superman on my birthday
-Put together a photo wall
You can see how it turned out here!
-Travel to a state we've never visited
We went out to Colorado for a wedding and mini vaca. I miss it!

-Find new places to hang our hammocks
We hung hammocks in KY at our family reunion and then at the lake in Tennessee.
-Make creamsicles 
Made these twice. They are that good.
-Go back to Findlay Market (Fail)
-Do some of the DIY projects I have pinned 
 I only did one measly DIY project for my craft room, but I am in love with my new stool for my craft room below! (Tutorial coming soon.) I did however make quite a few new recipes that I had pinned. I made several new recipes including Strawberry Bruschetta, Lemon Asparagus Couscous, and Mini chocolate chip cheesecakes
-Find a way to give back/serve others
Drew and I are still looking for a consistent way we can serve others outside of our teaching jobs, but we did go to Matthew 25 Ministries and helped out at a church garage sale to raise money for a family trying to adopt two children from China. Drew and I also gave up TV before 10 am and worked on being intentional in our marriage.

-Attend a few Reds Games and explore the Banks
We did get to go to a Red's game when Drew's family was in town and tried out Yard House at the Banks.
*A few of my other favorite summer activities included our trip to Norris lake with my family, living like a local on my birthday, making Cake batter martinis and celebrating our 4 year anniversary.

I am so sad summer is ending, but there's also a sense of excitement as a new school year is about to begin. I will probably be very sporadic in my posting for the next month or so as I adjust back to working full time, but I'll do my best to keep up with all that is happening in your lives!

Goodbye's been real.

P.S. Another Hello/Goodbye Link-up will be happening on September 1st so mark your calendar if you want to join in!


Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

Love the first picture of y' cute :)
Looks like a fun, busy summer!

Adam & I are planning on buying those hammocks soon...woo hoo!


Karla said...

WoW!! You were able to accomplish a lot on that list! Love all the photos. Cute hammock photo! Glad this summer was a success! =D

Amanda said...

You guys did a lot! I'm sure as much fun as having summer off is, it's SO hard to go back to working all day. Hope you have a smooth adjustment! I read Call the Midwife too this summer and really enjoyed it!

Anne said...

Even if you didn't get to all the items, all the ones you did make for a seriously great sounding summer! I've still been meaning to bike (or run) on the Loveland trail forever too, and try Anchor. Also fall seems like a perfect time for new donut recipes, so you can still get to that next month :)

Anonymous said...

Well you still got a lot done!! Good for you.

And what sweet photos of you and your husband. It looks like you had a great summer so far!

Erin LFF said...

You guys rocked your summer list! Much better than we did at ours, haha! Maybe I should start a fall list and get started ASAP on it ;)

Carrie said...

I need to do this, to see what I all crossed off my summer bucket list. I love the stool makeover, so cute! The hammock photo is a good one! ha!

Sarah said...

You did so well! I love that stool, can't wait to see the tutorial!

Natalie said...

I always feel like you put me to shame with all that you accomplish on your summer goal lists (lol).

Erica said...

I am in awe of how you managed to cross all that off! Wow! :)

Anonymous said...

I'd say you used your summer time to capacity! Good for you. I love the idea of a summertime bucket list.

That picture in the hammock is great! I love hammocks!


Amanda McK. said...

Lovely pictures!! :)

Susannah said...

I'd say you did really well on your bucket list! :-)

Jovita said...

You seriously did an awesome job on your bucket list- and they all look so fun, too! Did you like The Distant Hours? I'm a huge Kate Morton fan and that was the book that made me fall in love with her!!:)

Becca Moss said...

You accomplished so much Allison! You go girl!

scrapperjen said...

You did A LOT on your summer bucket list! Good for you.
I hope you had a wonderful summer.

lori said...

looks like you definitely made the most of your summer! i need to make a list like this for next year... and probably every season, really. it's so easy to let the time slip by and get away from you and not do the things you wanted to!

love your pink stool. so cute!

Betty said...

It looks like you had one fantastic summer and were able to knock quite a few things off of your list! BTW, that picture of you two in the car is too cute! :)

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

You did such a great job with your summer bucket list! What a wonderful summer it was for you guys! :)