Welp, it is September you guys. I know. How did that happen?
On a quarterly basis, I like rounding up a batch of photos here on the blog to share what we’ve been up to for the past season. I had so many summer pics to share that I just had to split this post into two parts! Here is Part 1 of our SUMMER. Part 2 will be coming soon, so stay tuned!
One of the ways we kicked off summer was by attending the end of the school year bash at J’s daycare. He had a blast and here he is with a devious little grin after getting SOAKED at the water table!
During Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, the huz and I had plans for a date night out at a fancy restaurant. After our childcare fell through, we changed up restaurant locations and J crashed our ‘date.’ We went to Metzer’s for German cuisine instead of the fancy place, and J got to try sauerbraten and spaetzle. Fortunately Metzer’s had crayons for the little guy.
One of the fun things about having a kid is that it makes us try new things that we wouldn’t have done before, with just the two of us. We’re always looking for more new family-friendly activities, and checked out the Belleville Strawberry Festival this year. The parade was especially good! (And best fried veggies ever! And strawberry shortcake.)
We look a little summer vacation up in East Tawas for a few days toward the end of June. We stayed at the most adorable cottage (found on Airbnb) near downtown, and only a few blocks from the lake, which worked out fantastically.
Every night we grilled at the house, dined on the deck, and then walked downtown for ice cream.
We also spent some time at the local parks. When I was a kid, my parents used to take my sister and I here, so it was fun to take Jack!
And we had a blast at the big lake! It was pretty cold though, but J found it hilarious. I want to go back!
We also paid a visit to White Lotus Farms in Ann Arbor. Goats and cronuts and a koi pond and iced coffee for the win.
Another place we visit as an annual tradition is Calder Dairy Farm in Carleton. So fun for little ones! We love to visit the animals and get ice cream.
And while it might sound like all we did was go-go-go, I assure you, we also had plenty of fun at home too. This water table for J was a new addition to our back patio this summer.
We also got his inflatable pool out a couple times but he’s not super into it.
My little helper loved gardening! Here we are shelling (and eating) sweet, raw homegrown peas.
We (and by ‘we,’ I mean the huz) grilled a few times. I wish we had grilled more! We may have to get a few more grillin’ sessions in before the truly cold weather hits. J (and mama) looooves dada’s grilled chicken!
Now and then, I enjoyed an evening glass (or two) of rose on the patio after J went to bed.
Most Wednesdays, J and I would go on a little adventure around town, since that is my day off work and his day off daycare during the week. I work the other four days of the week.
Some of our favorite places to visit include:
…the Leslie Science and Nature Center (love seeing the birds of prey, except here he’s more interested in the rocks)…
…the Matthaei Botanical Gardens of U-M in Ann Arbor…
…especially the Children’s Garden they have…
…Gallup Park has a fun little butterfly garden with lots of flowers…
…and a great sandbox and playground for tiny ones…
…and trails for exploring and expending all that toddler energy!
Jumping in muddy puddles is always fun.
Marsh View Meadows at the Pittsfield Preserve has a fun playground and nature trails that we enjoy exploring. We call it the “apple park” because they have this giant tic tac toe board with apples and other fruits on it. When we ask J if he wants to go to the park, he will often respond by saying “apple!?” which is his way of asking to visit this playground.
I managed to take a few solo trips to the Arb to get a little exercise in. This place rejuvenates my soul and is probably my favorite place in Ann Arbor. Before J was born, I used to love coming here and going on long, sweaty trail runs. Wish I could visit more frequently now. Not the best place to take a toddler though.
We hit up quite a few parades this spring and summer, including the Fourth of July parade in Ann Arbor.
Huz and I fit in a couple date nights, including sangria on the Palio rooftop. This patio is a summertime MUST in Ann Arbor! (And that Asiago Al Forno – so good!)
See ya soon for Part 2.