July 2010 Goals Update

by Wendy Copley on August 1, 2010

July has come to a close and I’ve managed to knock some of my goals for the year off my list.


Splash Pad

  • #31 Find a park with a splash pad for the kids to play in. — I did this one on our trip to Iowa and I didn’t do it half way either! We went to the splash pad four times in our 9 days visiting Grandma and Grandpa. Wyatt loved it, which I knew would be the case, and by the end of our second visit Augie loved it too. Now if only I could find a splash pad around here to go to…
  • #37 Go to Iowa in the warm months. — I just posted about this the other day. It was fun! We had a good time! Yay!
  • #38 Take the kids swimming — We did this in Iowa too. I don’t have any photos though because I wanted to enjoy myself in the pool rather than worrying about my camera getting wet or stolen. “Now, why did it take her so long to do this one?” you may ask. “Don’t they have pools in the Bay Area?” The answer is: yes, we do. The problem is that it’s been too cold to swim here most of the summer! We’ve barely had any days that got up into the 70’s the past couple months and my kids have been wearing sweatshirts outside most of the time. Brrrrr! Wyatt and I did bite the bullet and go to our local pool yesterday afternoon though because the temperature shot up to 72 degrees. We had the heat on in the car on the way home. I’m not joking, people!
  • #61 Go to Nordstrom for a bra fitting. — Last summer, inspired by Whitney,  I vowed that as soon as I was done nursing Augie and things had…er…settled down a bit, I would head to Nordstrom to find out what size bra I should be wearing. Two pregnancies and 3+ years of nursing changed my body dramatically and I didn’t even know where to start looking. A lovely young woman with a tape measure and an arm full of bras set me on the right track and I’m now the proud owner of five new, non-grey and shapeless bras.
  • #68 Read To Kill a Mockingbird. — I slipped this one in under the wire and finished To Kill a Mockingbird just before midnight last night. Have you heard of it? It’s pretty good. It’s a little-known book by this woman, Harper Lee, and I’d recommend it if you can find a copy somewhere. I was an avid reader as a kid and I majored in English Literature in college, so I’ve read many of the classics, but somehow To Kill a Mockingbird slipped through the cracks. It’s one of those books you know you should read — if for no other reason than that you want to know why all those hipsters are naming their kids Atticus — but here I am, 37 years old, and I’ve just now got around to reading it. I’m kicking myself for waiting so long — I can’t stop thinking about it.


  • #51 Attend BlogHer 2010 — I’m heading out for BlogHer in NYC on Thursday! Are any of you going to be there? I’d love it if you found me and said “hi”!
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  • cathy

    Hi Wendy, There are two spash type places I've heard of in east bay:
    Osage Station Park — 816 Brookside Drive, Danville
    It has a fountain area and a river that leads into a wading pool.

    Hap McGee Ranch Park — 1025 La Gonda Way, Danville
    Kid-friendly water park made of metal tubes forming a tunnel with water spraying inside. As kids run through, a motion sensor activates and water sprays up from the ground.

  • I've read To Kill a Mockingbird at least a dozen times. I *love* it. And I fought hard to name one of my boys Atticus, but my hubby wasn't even considering it. I would have even loved Scout for our girl, but well, you know my last name and it sounds pretty ridiculous. LOL Harper doesn't sound my better with it either. đŸ˜‰

  • Grace

    Have I mentioned that the park down the street from my house in Castro Valley has a splash pad? It's not as fancy as some, and it's not as warm as in San Ramon or Danville, but it's nice. The address for the park is 18988 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley. There's a parking lot on Quail Ave. that's much closer to the playground than the parking lot on Lake Chabot. Quail T's into Lake Chabot, so there's only one way to turn. Let me know if you decide to head out this way.

  • Haha. You cracked me up with “a little known book”… A trending topic on Twitter the other day called “Books That Change A Child's World” or something like that had me tripping down memory lane. There are still several books on my high school “required reading” list that I need to get back to and actually read. My godmother (a teacher) just revealed yesterday that she never read 1984! I told her I'm buying it for her because she MUST. Glad you got Mockingbird in. It's fantastic.

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