This summer I have the awesome opportunity to spend all day, erry day with a certain sweet little munchkin! Ok, maybe not “erry” day, but close enough. I am beyond excited to spend a lot of quality time with this little peanut; not only because I’ll be able to see her become an adorable little person, but also because I really want her to get to know me. I live about 800 miles away from her (and her parents and her grandparents, who are my parents…wait what?), so I don’t get to see her as often as I would like. I want to be one of those people in her life that she knows, no matter what happens, or where I am, I will always be there for her in a heartbeat. I know she won’t really remember this summer, but this time I will be spending with her is absolutely priceless.
I’m totally going to copy Mastercard here:
Daily cup of coffee to offset the lack of sleep: $2
Hand lotion because of washing my hands 1000x per day: $5
Spending 3 months with my favorite little human: priceless
All of this being said, I do have a list, albeit short, of things I want and/or need to accomplish this summer:
1. Read ALL of Jane Eyre. I’ve started this book so many times and never finished it because I’ve always run out of time and then lost my place. I’ve seen the movies (*gasp* before I read the book) and I loved the story so I know this won’t be too difficult.
2. Completely cut refined sugar out of my diet. I have some funky insulin issues and I know that sugar is horrible for me to be eating, but it has been really difficult for me to eliminate it because I’m at college and on the meal plan. Xylitol is an awesome substitute, but it’s hella expensive, so I’m going to get it when I get back home and have an income.
3. Eat all my darn fruits and vegetables. Seriously, what I would give for a fresh carrot. You have no clue…
4. Go on at least 4 runs per week. I’m going to get a gym membership this summer, so I can run there, but I’d also like to go on stroller jogs with the munchkin, as long as it’s not too hot, because fresh air is awesome, but I despise the heat. Also, I have quite a bit of Irish heritage and since munchkin is related to me, I’m sure she does too, and SPF 1000 doesn’t keep us from becoming human lobsters.
5. Knit some hats for preemies at Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. I totally borrowed this idea from Covered in Flour but I think it would be an awesome thing to do on the days that aren’t too hot. I know it’s going to be summer when I knit them, but I will see if my Mum or Pops will be willing to drop them off at the hospital in the fall.
6. Learn sign language. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but I haven’t had the time to devote to this. I want to know at least the basics of sign language and, with the approval of munchkin’s momma and poppa, I’d love to teach her super simple things like ‘food’, ‘drink’, ‘more’, and ‘please’. I’ve done a lot of research about the developmental readiness of very young children in learning sign language and I think it would be really cool to show her a few simple words.
7. Make some new, healthy habits: drink warm lemon water in the morning, drink that nasty lemon-cayanne-honey drink that all the health nuts rave about, use more natural shampoo, conditioner, and lotion, and also, eat super healthily in general.
8. Get fit! Like I mentioned before, I am planning on getting a gym membership to the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Buffalo. I thought only Jewish people could join that gym but apparently that’s not true… I chose this gym based on online reviews of it’s cleanliness, the friendliness of the staff, and most of all, the amount of yoga classes they offer. I want to get a 4.5 pack, yo! I’m going to go in the evenings after munchkin’s mom and dad get home and also on the weekends; I am determined to get super fit! This isn’t going to be a big change for me because I already workout 6-7 days per week, but I want to stay in good shape over the summer so soccer preseason doesn’t suck as much.
This is definitely an ever-changing list, but this is draft #1.
Only four more weeks more of school!
Over and out,