My Mindful Summer: One Mom’s Hamptons To-Do List
I am so excited for summer to begin that I’ve found myself fantasizing about just sitting. Not even doing anything. Just plunking down on the oversized white, comfy couch in our Water Mill rental, the warm summer sunshine streaming in through the giant glass sliding doors, the light breeze tousling my hair. I see myself reading a great book or flipping through a local issue of Hamptons magazine or pawing through an oversized newspaper, the rustling pages dancing towards the floor as I toss them aside.
This scene is the opposite of my life with four kids in New York City. Here on the Upper East Side, I am in constant motion, racing across town to pick-up, running down the street pushing a stroller, talking quickly, typing emails fast-fast-fast on my phone as I walk down the street, barely pausing to look up. (I know, I know! I should stop texting on the street!)
I’m beat. I need to slow this show down.
Last weekend, realizing that the end of school was fast approaching, I decided to make a list of all the things I wanted to do while in the Hamptons, where my family will spend the summer. Instead of letting the season just fly by in a haze of kids’ activities, camp drop-offs and backyard baseball, I vowed to approach the season with intention. Mindfulness. Isn’t that what everyone says is so important? Mindfulness? I can do that! In addition to all the work I’d be doing like writing articles, finishing my book and hosting my podcast, “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books,” I wanted to fine-tune my time with (and without) the kids.
I opened up my laptop and emailed myself a giant checklist of everything I love doing “out east.” Then I read it to my husband and my kids over lunch. I called it: Mom’s Mindful Summer To-Do List.
“Will you all help me check these activities off my list?” I asked them all, looking around the table.
“Totally!” My husband, Kyle, replied, delighted that I’d put twilight drinks alone with him in Montauk on the roster.
“Yes! Can we do the lemonade stand first?” My daughter asked.
“Or let’s go to the Palm!” My younger daughter said. “That’s my favorite restaurant! I love the pasta there.”
“And I love the doughnuts,” my three-year-old boy added in his serious mono-tone voice.
“Great!” I said. “Let’s go to the Palm tonight. But first, let’s stop by Amagansett Square to run around.”
And just like that, I’d started our summer adventure.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to cross everything off the list, but I do know that I won’t let this summer just slip by with nothing to show for it. I’m approaching my favorite time of year, a time I crave and feel I really earn, in a mindful way. Even if that means just sitting sometimes and staring out the window. I can’t wait.
Moms’ Mindful To-Do List:
Dinner at Vine Street Cafe in Shelter Island
Dinner at Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton
Fridays at 5 pm author series at the Bridgehampton Library
Lunch at Sunset Beach with the kids
East Hampton duck pond with kids
Stand up paddle boarding
Run on the beach
Horse back riding for kids
Sunday night beach bbq
Dinner at the Palm
Ice cream and play in Amagansett Square
Go to an event at Guild Hall
See an author reading at Bookhampton
Do a walk or run race for charity
Have a lemonade stand
Play mini golf with the kids
Play 9 holes of golf with Kyle
Do the ladies’ tennis clinic
Do 3 Dance Body classes
Try one new exercise class
Host a dinner party
Host a kids party
Go for frozen yogurt at Buddhaberry in Sag Harbor
Go out on a boat
Have a houseguest
Finish writing my book
Go for crispy sushi at the Topping Rose bar
Go to Montauk with Kyle for twilight drinks
Buy veggies, flowers and fruit at a farm stand
Check out some open houses
Take kids for dinner out at World Pie in Bridgehampton
Go to the playground in East Hampton
Have the kids take a golf lesson
Cook an amazing dinner from the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks
Sit and do nothing
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