Over a month ago, I wrote a post about a mini bicycle adventure, intending it for this space, but it instead morphed into my first piece for The Savvy Cyclist blog. After weeks of waiting, the post went live today — check it out here!
I almost had a bigger bicycle adventure to share — my first ever bike camping trip, but the weather didn’t cooperate, and the trip is on hold indefinitely.
Anyhow, the ride chronicled on The Savvy Cyclist kicked off my summer, and the weeks since have flown by, with both highs and lows along the way.
- Harvesting veggies from our own yard!
- Picnic dinners and acro yoga jams at MOBot Whitaker Concerts
- Shakespeare Festival to see The Winter’s Tale on a deliciously cool [almost] summer night
- Continuing our aerial journey with our first level 3 (!) silks class
- Fun times leading a Sunday morning social ride
- Watching Jesus Christ Superstar at The Muny from lovely ticketed seats (and singing the songs on the bike ride home)
- Hosting a potluck and game night
If you’re thinking, “That sounds like a lot for parents of a young one,” you’re right! We enjoyed an entire week where Gabriel was traveling with my MIL, which was reminiscent of our pre-child summers — fun and tiring — and we continue to benefit from regular “Baba overnights.”
- Adjusting to a new routine, i.e., summer — I get there eventually, but change is hard.
- Remembering that “just taking one” summer class is deceptive, because it’s 16-weeks worth of work and material packed into 8 weeks.
- Gabriel’s drama over swimming lessons (clearly I learned nothing from last summer)
I was going to put the garden on both lists, but it’s not fair to call it a “low.” It IS, however, a ton of work, which can be overwhelming at times. With the commuter garden located at my MIL’s, we had a lot more of her help. Now it’s all us, and we’re working on garden-life balance. There will ALWAYS be more work to do! (Any volunteers??? We’ll pay you in beautiful vegetables!)
While the official season of summer has just begun, it feels like we’ve already had a full summer’s worth of stuff, but it’s not over yet — birthdays, big cats, and naked bike rides await!