Monday, August 24, 2009

Things I Loved About This Summer {Friend Makin' Monday}

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Friend Makin' Monday will be spending some time hosted by Amber over the next little bit. Today, it's back and ready to go ~ the topic: Things I Loved About Summer.

1. Having some down time. While we still did some school during the summer months, it was all low-key and very relaxed. We were able to just play and have fun. Visit with friends. And Mommy had some time to unwind and get excited about the upcoming school year.

2. Visiting Rick's family. This summers vacation was a little easier than year's past ~ mainly because the kids are getting a little more independent and that makes road trips go much more smoothly. We also took a little 'mini~trip' with the kids and Rick's parents to go on a boat ride and tour Thousand Islands. Very fun.

3. Swim team. While swim team involves a LOT of nights at the pool, this year we saw such great growth in the kids. I used to be scared to take all four to the pool by myself and after this summer it's become so.much.easier! And watching the excitement in the kids as they improved their strokes and times ~ that was just so much fun.

4. Capris. Getting older for some reason has made me be a little more umm....reserved in the shorts department. For some reason I feel rather 'indecent' wearing shorts most of the time, and jeans are just way too hot. So I've been loving my capris.

5. Flip Flops. Just love 'em. For me and the kids. While I don't enjoy the nasty, yucky feet that are the result for my kids, they make life so much easier since the kids can get them on

6. Ice Pops. This is the first year that I bought ice pops for the kids. I'm not sure WHY I didn't do it before now, but it's such a great treat for us on those nice hot days. And the fact that I get to eat them too ~ just an added bonus.

7. McDonald's Sweet Tea. It's become rather addicting and possibly a link to why it's difficult to loose weight when I'm literally inhaling pounds of sugar. And while sweet tea is great anytime, there's just something about the summer months that make it so much better!

8. Reading. So much reading for me. Love it, love it, love it!

9. Our Garden. This year we added a few extra veggie plants into our garden and while it hasn't been as productive as I would like it to be, we've still gotten some great tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini and peppers!

10. Last Minute Beach Trip with the Girls! I took a trip to the beach to do some last minute school planning with a few friends and it was JUST what I needed to help unload some stress and just laugh and have fun {and I so hope this happens again in years to come!}.

Well, that's it for now ~ there were so many other wonderful things about this summer, but that's just a few of them! Be sure to visit Amber at {aefilkins} to hang out and make some new friends!


  1. Your summer favorites are many of mine too. I hope your enjoy the rest of it and thanks for sharing.

  2. What a great list. So funny about the shorts.. I am with you. I usually wear capris and I love the Bermuda shorts. However, yesterday I needed to do the laundry and had to wear shorts to church.. I felt naked!!

  3. Great list and I think I am now going to go and make me some Sweet Tea!!!!



  4. I need to put my kids in swim lessons. I love flip flops, sweet tea, and reading. Sounds like you all had a great summer, especially your trip with your friends. It's nice to be refreshed.

  5. McDonald's has sweet tea??? Stop the presses! Honestly???

    I am going to have to check ours out and see.

    Love the list too, flip flops and capris! Now that is summer living at it's finest.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  6. I love flip flops and reading too. :D

  7. TOTALLY feel the same about the capris...what a perfect fit!

    Flip flops, sweet tea, and a good book...who could ask for anything more?

    Oh, and my kids eat ice pops at least twice a day during the summer. They stay in the freezer outside for eeeeeeeasy access. :-)

  8. Several people lately have mentioned McDonalds sweet have me curious! Gotta try it! and I too LOVE flip flops, I can't live without them.

  9. I'm a longer shorts wearer, tank tops, my Clark's flip flops, the sunroof open, the critters that we see in our yard, K- picking fresh tomatoes from the garden and snacking right there on the spot, sidewalk chalk and the wonders of teaching with it without K- realizing it, learning that sidewalk chalk bubbles in water and continues to sizzle and fizzle when you pull it out, having a child happy to dig for bugs, swinging, the Slip and Slide (for K-, so not for me), building small projects together and . . . so much more. No McD's Sweet Tea, though. I tried it. I'll have to stick with Diet Coke/Diet Pepsi.

    Summer is coming to an end. We'll have the season of warm sweaters, crunchy leaves, homemade pumpkin pie from the pumpkin-- again, sips of warm apple cider, Festival Choir practice and even more!

  10. Oh capris...I love capris! I forgot about capris! I keep finding things to add to my list at every blog I visit. Thanks for sharing your list and have a great week!

  11. Hi - Happy FMM! Great summer list. I live in my capris and flip flops -- so comfy!

    And a last minute trip to the beach sounds heavenly!


  12. I love love love flip flops and I don't know why I never thought to go swimming in the evenings! It was so hot here that it probably would have been dreamy lol!

  13. I love flip flops too...I'm wearing my favorite Sperry flip flops now. :)

  14. Hey girl, great list! I love the iced coffee from McDonald's. MMM. With sugar free vanilla syrup and splenda. Yum!

    Great list! I wanted to get swimming lessons for Saylor b/c she's fearless. She jumped off of the diving board this summer!

    Have a great day!

  15. I love your list. I live in flip flops during the summer too.

  16. Great list! I haven't tired the Sweet Tea...I'm hooked on the Iced Coffee....


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