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summer bucket list


Charlie and I on a beach in Marshfield (not quite the Cape, but close enough for this year (; )

I have one week left of extended maternity leave before the school year starts for teachers, which is making me feel all sorts of things. When WC and I first moved up to Massachusetts, we made a list of things we wanted to do. I was feeling a little restless? uneasy? with the prospect of so much wide openĀ time, and I thought writing down experiences we wanted to have would make us more apt to savor every moment, making the summer seem longer. Would you like to see our list?

  1. Take Charlie to the ocean.
  2. Find a nearby vineyard.
  3. Hike Mount Tom.
  4. Explore a New Hampshire/Vermont town.
  5. Take a day trip to Boston.
  6. Go fishing.
  7. Visit Cape Cod.
  8. Bring Craig to his first Big E.
  9. Start a college fund for Charlie.
  10. Visit Great Barrington (and find that gluten-free breakfast place)!
  11. Find a flea market.




Mama cuddles after the ocean, since it was so cold and scary!


It was so dark in the tasting room at Black Birch Vineyard, but I wanted so badly to take a photo of the space because I loved all of the art from their visiting artist, Dawn Allen.




We found Main Street Cafe in Stockbridge when we went to Great Barrington in December to celebrate our anniversary, and they had gluten-free French toast, so we knew we wanted to go back!

We decided to table most of the day trips, especially exploring towns, since it’s been so hot, and it’s probably not a great idea to force a 5-month-old to be in the heat most of the day, but we’ve also explored some fantastic new restaurants, enjoyed many nights around the fire pit, and picked up new hobbies (WC has been wood-burning; I have been sewing). While I don’t think either of us intended to startĀ a tradition, I’ve already started writing a fall list to give us things we can look forward to when we start our new jobs.