Friday Five: This Summer I Will….

T.G.I.F. And welcome to the first Friday of June. Can you believe it’s June already? I can’t. This year is flying by. Not only is this pregnancy zooming past, but we have finally made it to our moving weekend already. I cannot believe how quickly life is moving right now. The good news is that we are prepared and organized for our move. We officially begin tomorrow with the U-haul truck. I’m taking my daughter to stay at my moms house so that V and I will have the day to ourselves to tie up any loose ends.

BTW If you didn’t know, today is National Donut Day. Make sure to stop by your local donut shop and see if they’re offering any special promotions for the day. My local area Dunkin’ Dunuts is offering a free donut with purchase of any drink. I find it kind of ironic that donut day comes exactly 2 days after running day. Hey, IMO if you didn’t celebrate running day, maybe you should skip this day’s celebration as well.

Being that it’s Friday, you should have figured that I’m going to be joining the lovely ladies of the DC Trifecta for their Friday Five Linkup. You can join us too. Make sure to check out Cynthia, Mar and Courtney’s pages for all the details.

This week they are focusing on the upcoming Summer season and asking what we are planning for Summer. Since I will be staying at my parents for the majority of the season, I don’t have a big to-do list for myself. I’m six months pregnant and we’ll be shacked up at the beach house, so I really only foresee a lot of lounging around in my future. But I will try to make this post sound a little less like bragging and more like a Summertime goal setting.

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1. Get off my butt

I don’t mean to sound like I’m a lazy person, but the truth of the matter is that my mom likes to cater to my needs when I’m at her house. Don’t most moms? She has always been like this and I completely take it for granted sometimes, but I don’t want this to be the case while we are staying with them. I love and appreciate when she waits on me hand and foot, but I don’t want to create more work for her while we are there. I want her to enjoy her time with her granddaughter and I’ll take care of some things for her. She has been kind enough to open up her house to us and I plan on doing what I can for myself while I’m capable of doing so. My father and mother both work, so I’m planning to do a little cooking for them as well. Hopefully, I’ll manage to get a few home cooked meals on the dinner table by the time they arrive home for work every week. I like to cook anyways so it’ll be fun for me.

2. Walk or Run Everyday

Living a block from one of the most gorgeous beaches in the country is definitely going to have it’s perks. Even though running is going to increasingly get more difficult for me as my belly expands further, there’s no excuse for not getting out there and walking the powder white sandy beach instead. Walking is a fabulous way to stay in shape during pregnancy. Also, it will give me another excuse to work on my tan while I’m there. Just think about how much natural exfoliating the sand will provide my feet, especially since I won’t be able to reach them soon.

3. Limit My Junk Food

Both my father and my brother have extremely fast metabolisms. The two of them could live on potato chips and cupcakes and never gain a pound. Because of this, my mom tends to keep a lot of junk food in her pantry. When I’m at her house, I know it’s there. I don’t have the most self-control around food when it’s staring me in the face; I usually don’t keep sweets and treats in my own house for this reason. So staying away from the cookies, cakes, and ice cream is going to be difficult on my will power. I will prevail over the temptation though. I’m making myself accountable right now. I will limit myself to something sweet every now and then, but I refuse to give into the nightly ritual of polishing off a bowl of Ben & Jerry’s. (I know my husband is going to laugh when he sees this)

4. Teach Rosalyn to Swim

If you have been following my blog, then you might remember this from my pregnancy bucket list. Well, the time is upon us. Having a pool in the back yard makes it that much more important to teach my daughter water safety. We’re lucky to have this pool in the back yard, especially since it’s a lot safer and more private. Some people might understand that when you’ve had a baby, the last thing you want to do is go swimming at the beach. Pregnancy can change your body and leave you feeling quite insecure. Thankfully, my friend was able to send me a link over for some postpartum bathing suits from a company called Hermoza. Apparently, these one-piece swimsuits made my friend feel a lot more confident after her pregnancy, so she thought I might want to look into them. That was really thoughtful of her, however, I feel less pressure to look good in a swimsuit since the pool is in the back yard. At the end of the day, I just really want to focus on teaching my daughter to swim. She’s finally feeling more and more comfortable with water in her face, but the true challenge will be when she has to submerge. I know I have plenty of time to teach her while I’m there over the summer, but the question is whether I have the patience to teach her. I pray that God gives me the capacity to accept her progress as we go along and that she cooperates with my teaching techniques. I’ll be giving updates on the process too, in case anyone else is interested in my methods and if they are successful.

5. Bargain Shopping

Since we will be moving to our new house in August and will require some additional items for the house and the baby, I have decided that I would like to attempt to find secondhand items instead of spending the top dollar amounts that I did with our first child’s nursery. Flea markets, like the Houston flea market, are great places to pick up some amazing secondhand items at bargain prices while also being great for days out thanks to the entertainment they’ve got going on there. I’ve checked out websites like to try and find some cheap furniture and I’ve found some amazing pieces. We already own a large majority of the baby supplies we need, but I want to use my DIY skills this summer towards any nursery decorations or additional necessities. My mother will be a great deal of help with her skill sets and experience as well, so I’m really looking forward to having a few little DIY projects to keep me busy while I’m there. Sewing is still on my to-do list, so maybe this will be the time when that gets crossed off too!

How about you? What are some of the things that you want to do this summer?

Do you have any plans for vacation this season?

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24 thoughts on “Friday Five: This Summer I Will….”

  1. I am going to try to limit my junk food as well. Summer is hard though, because even though you spend more time outside being active, there is more time for cookouts with all the picnic foods. Summer is the perfect time for bargain shopping with all the yard sales going on:) ~L

  2. Thanks for the heads up on National Donut Day! Perfect reason to get one or two or three….
    I have been debating whether or not to sign my son up for swim lessons again this summer. He has taken them since he was 6 months old and now he is 2 1/2 yrs old, but I still have to be in the pool with him and it is very exhausting having to hold him for an extended period of time. I don’t know. I still have time to decide. I think it is really important for kids at a young age to experience swimming and learning pool safety.

  3. Go Hailey! You inspire me. Your goals are awesome and you are tackling it all while growing a new baby! You rock. Oh the beach. I miss the beach. I plan to see at least 1 beach this summer. Have fun. Can’t wait to read all about your summer.

  4. Bargain shopping AND swim lessons? Sign me up for a summer camp with Haley! Sounds like you’ve got an exciting couple of months coming up- hope you get both the rest and the activity you need πŸ™‚

  5. Bargain shopping can be so much fun! I never thought it would be my thing but then one day my friend asked me to go with her to see what great finds people have dropped off at thrift stores. I thought she was crazy, but we found amazing furniture and it was so much fun giving them a make over. Now we do it for fun, and find a great by, re-do it and make it look fab and then sell them. So much fun to find amazing treasures and bargains!!! Good luck in your bargain hunting!!!

  6. You live near a beach? So jealous! I wish I could go running by the beach – I bet it’s so relaxing and scenic. I have been trying to walk daily if I don’t run. I used to hate walks (thought they were boring), but recently I’ve enjoyed just going for a nice, relaxing walk. I’m going to try to keep it up all summer!

    1. We will be temporarily living at my parents beach house while our house is being built. So yes, I’ll be taking a lot of walks on the beach.

  7. Ahh I missed all the donut deals, oh well I’ll still buy one anyway πŸ™‚ Sounds like a good summer ahead, good luck teaching your daughter to swim. I use to teach lessons and coach swimming, it was always rewarding to get the new swimmers safely across the pool / have confidence that they could keep themselves out of danger.

  8. Great list! I hope to have my kids swimming well by the end of the summer (the older two at least) and my daughter is well on her way from last summer. But my son – eek!

    And the junk food thing – I know what you mean! I don’t keep stuff at home a whole lot but when i stay somewhere else and it’s on hand it’s harder!

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