Summer!! Every time I think of summer, I want to burst into song, Olaf style. There are always so many things I want to do during this season. The beautiful, warm weather makes my heart smile and beckons me outside to soak up some Vitamin D. Summer makes me want to get super tan, jump off cliffs into crystal clear water, run through sprinklers, watch a fireworks show, and drink all the iced coffee in the world. Just to name a few. ;) I know I can't do everything I want to this summer, but I've created a list of things I'd love to do and think I can actually check off my list!

Make lots of homemade ice cream.
Beth has been on an ice cream making spree, and I've nominated myself as a taste tester. It's such a burden, really. ;) My two favorites so far: espresso and mint chocolate chip. YUM TOWN. I'm excited to see what other delicious ice cream creations she comes up with!

Discover new coffee shops.
Coffee shops are some of my favorite hangouts for friend dates, working on the blog or emails, or reading a good book. I had a couple of favorites back home, and am slowly learning where all the cool coffee shops are in Colorado Springs.

Go on lots of hikes.
There are so many great trails to explore all around the city and so close to home. I crave the outdoors and fresh air, so hikes are high on my priority list.

Attend a Renaissance Festival.
Guys, there is a Renaissance festival happening right up the road from us, and we have plans to go soon! Someone find me a cute Renaissance-y way to wear my hair. ;)

Climb a 14er.
This has been on my bucket list for a lonnnnng time, and I'm really hoping to check it off the list at some point...maybe this summer??

Go camping.
We have plans to hopefully head up to Buena Vista for some camping at the end of the summer, and I'm so excited. Trips with friends, sleeping outside,'s all on the list.

Spend every Saturday at the Mayberrys.
But seriously. So far so good. I spend my Saturdays with my best friends. While the boys work on finishing the basement, Beth and I cook meals and do what bloggers do and sit on the porch to read and work on our Chaco tans. It's the life.

See five free movies in the theater.
So we happen to have a connection at the movies this year that allows us to for freebies sometimes. So far we've seen Inside Out and Jurassic World! Watching movies is one of my favorite things, and I love experiencing movies new and old with some of my best friends. There's just something about laughing and crying and feeling all the feels that a movie may bring out in each of you. What are the must-see movies for you this summer?

Read two books.
I'm currently working on three or so books, and it's my goal to finish at least two of them this summer. I love finding a quiet spot outside on my lunch breaks and getting lost in a story for an hour.

Say yes to a spontaneous adventure.
I don't know what this is going to look like yet, but I'm open to it. If you know me at all, you know I'm quite the planner, but am totally able to wear my stretchy pants for when plans change. So bring on the spontaneity, summer! I'm ready for ya.

Make a summer soundtrack.
Are there certain songs that feel like summer to you or bring back memories of summers gone by? Melodies are memories to me. I can either tell you where I first heard it, who I was with, or what I was doing. So I'm putting together a playlist for this first summer in Colorado.

Are you a fan of summer? What is on your bucket list for this season? Big plan or little plans; I want to hear them all!
Elizabeth Mayberry said...

summer summer summer! I am about to finish The Last Battle and I think I want to start over with the series and read them all again ;)

Meg McIlvaine said...

Haha! I'll be right there with ya in Narnia once I finish these other books!

Amy said...

ice cream - i want to join you and @Elizabeth Mayberry every single time i see anything posted about it....seriously, i might just show up one day with a spoon.
coffee shop dreammssssss always! hikes = YU-YES
Renaissance fair? SHUT YOUR MOUTH MEG! i've always wanted to go to one - not even kidding. And you should wear your hair like this:
movies, books, soundtracks, huge climbs, friend time = i love it!

Natalie Schuck said...

Uhm... I hope Beth and you still do that every Saturday when I come back to COS. Because I will definitely join. Hehehe

Meg McIlvaine said...

Haha! We'll do it just for you, Natalie. :)

taylor said...

how fun! looks like this summer you'll be very happy and busy! the renaissance festival sounds so fun :) how are you thinking of doing your hair? i have a 'do i did here on my ol' blog! feel free to check it out!

have fun!

Jenna Griffin said...

Ohh, I love these! Camping and coffee shop hopping are two of my faves!!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Love that hairstyle! So cute, girl!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Me too, friend. Me too. Come to Colorado and we'll do both! :)

Mayara Moreira said...

This summer bucket list is looking very similar!! hahaha coffee shop hunting and hiking are also way up there on my list!!!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Oh nice! Those are two of the best ones. :)

Elizabeth Than said...

I've never really make a summer list before since it's forever summer alike here in Singapore. Maybe I should this time round, and you bet it will consist of lots of ice-cream moment. ;)

mariahelena said...

All these things are great!

Stacia said...

I've always wanted to go to a Renaissance Fair. Have fun!!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Oh man, it was a blast!!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Haha. All the ice cream, all the time.