The Summer List: Final Update

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Well, that was summer, and now it’s all but gone.  But before I start moaning about cold weather on the way – or waxing poetic about fall, which is my favorite season, after all – it’s time to look back, take stock, and reflect on the summer that was.  It was a good one.  Peanut was old enough to enjoy some adventures, and we packed a lot of family fun into a few short months.  I didn’t get through every item on my summer list, but I did quite a few of them and I think that, as a family, we did the summer justice.


Done!  I had a great run and PRed in my third half marathon.  And then for good measure I ran my fourth half marathon over Labor Day weekend.  That one wasn’t such a great run, but I was proud of myself for sticking with it even when it was tough and miserable.

  • Attend the wedding of one of hubby’s oldest friends on July 4th.


Done!  It was a beautiful wedding (even in the midst of Hurricane Arthur) and we had a wonderful time celebrating the happiness of one of the nicest couples in the world.

Didn’t get around to this one this year.  Moving this to the fall list (coming on Friday).

Lake 2

Done!  We made a stop at my parent’s lakeside house north of Albany on our way back from our friends’ Independence Day wedding, and it was a lovely, relaxing day.

Porter 4

Done, and so excited to have accomplished this!  Climbing Cascade and Porter was an incredible experience.  I can’t wait to start tallying up a few more high peaks, but it’s going to be awhile before we get up our next mountain.  So, for the time being, I’m continuing to bask in the glory of the first two.

Done!  I didn’t blog this, but we had a great time checking out the local art scene.  I stocked up on gifts for a few people and some nice pieces for our new house.


Done, FINALLY!  After several attempts and cancellations (due to constant over-predictions of rain and general meteorological mayhem), we finally managed to connect with Zan and Paul at the Grand Canyon of the East.  Letchworth was beautiful and I can’t wait to go back and explore more.

Taste 1

Done!  We had such a great time sampling the tasty foods on offer at Buffalo’s favorite local food festival.  My favorite?  It was a tie, I think, between Lloyd’s Taco Truck and Joe’s Crab Shack.

  • Start teaching Peanut to swim.


Done!  All I had in mind for this goal was to introduce her to the pool so that she would feel safe and comfortable and – hopefully – not fear water.  I think that’s been accomplished, and then some.  She had a fabulously splashy time playing “baby sea lion” with Nana over her birthday weekend, and Daddy and I have managed to get in the pool with her since then as well.  The only tears and hysteria we have around the pool happen, inevitably, when we decide it’s time to get out of the water.

  • Summer hike at Tifft Nature Preserve (we’ve already seen it in the winterand spring).


Done!  We went last weekend, and yes I am counting it as the summer hike.  We hadn’t bumped up against the equinox, and the trees were still green – good enough for me.  It was a lovely morning activity; we enjoyed sunshine, flowers, and plenty of cool animal sightings.

Didn’t make it to any wineries this summer – this one’s getting back-burnered.  But there will be plenty of opportunities in the future.


Done!  I can’t believe my tiny wee baby is two whole years old!  Seriously, where has the time gone?  Peanut had a great time playing at one of our favorite parks with her grandparents and one of her Stroller Strides buddies.  And hubby and I high-fived each other a bunch of times, because we got the best kid ever.

Also back-burnered.  I’ve decided to defer my entry until the 2015 race, for a number of reasons.  Kind of bummed about it, but it’s the right thing to do.

  • Spend an evening stargazing with hubby.

Another one I didn’t get to.  Moving this to the fall list – before the weather gets too chilly.

  • Go to Shakespeare in the Park (I’d love to see Henry V, but I think by the time we make it there that one might have wrapped up… but The Comedy of Errors is up next and I’ve never seen that either, so really, I’m good either way).

Majorly bummed that we missed this one.  Maybe next summer…

Also didn’t happen.   There just weren’t enough weekends.  Maybe we’ll wait for spring when everything is in bloom again.

  • Read Moby-Dick.

Haha!  Hahahahahahahahahaha!  Um, I got busy.  LOL!


Done!  We did some more strolling around Knox Farm and explored the wooded trails a bit.  It’s so beautiful there.

Yes, I’d say we definitely did the summer justice!  Lots of fun family outings squeezed in around some very busy days, between work craziness and moving into a new house.  And now we’re at the start of a new season, and it’s time to think about pumpkin, and apple spice everything, and knitting, and Halloween, and Thanksgiving, and colorful leaves, and football Sundays (or to be more specific, Sundays in which hubby watches football while I catch up on my reading), and sweaters, and cider, and all that good stuff.  Fall list coming on Friday!


3 thoughts on “The Summer List: Final Update

    • I never made it to the Pope-Leighy House, even though it was less than five minutes from where I lived in Mount Vernon – major regret. I love Wright’s style! Buffalo has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to Wright-designed buildings and I have got to get to a few of them. No more excuses!

  1. How wonderful! I’m so glad that your family enjoyed such a great summer together. We had some nice moments together as a family this summer, but not as many as I would’ve liked (or as many as the kids deserve). We’re in the process of trying to figure out how to better balance work with our family lives. It got a little out of hand. The good news is that we’re FINALLY taking a vacation in a few weeks. 🙂

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