I don't love summer.
In fact, there are some years that I'd say I don't even like summer.
It's humid and I'm sticky and my hair is frizzy and I hate wearing shorts so I'm usually overheated. But that's not even the thing that gets me the most. The reason I usually dread summer is because our schedule is typically so busy that between the months of June and August we're lucky if we have 2 or 3 weekends open. The constant traveling and plans (though I'm usually the one that makes them) wears me out. For the past few years I have to admit, I kinda dread this season.
It's too bad really, as I sit here typing this my Mom is putting Keaton to bed, Collin is resting next to me and the dog is sleeping on the floor and it is quiet in the living room. The only sound I hear are the wind chimes signing a tune outside. It's simple things like wind chimes blowing in the breeze, fresh watermelon cut up on the table, and the warmth of the sun on your arms as you lounge outside reading a book that make summer so spectacular. It's the simple things that I tend to forget about (or take for granted) as we bustle from one engagement to the next.
This year is different though, because of the new baby our schedule is pretty wide open for the next couple of months and for once I'm actually looking forward to this season. I know we'll still be busy but this year I want to make an effort to enjoy the little things that make summer so special.
- Eat an ice cream cone and let Keaton have his first very own cone.
- Have a bonfire and make s'mores.
- Go blueberry picking.
- Spend an afternoon at the beach.
- Make a conscious effort to buy produce locally at the various Farmer's Markets.
- Have a cookout and use the outdoor serving set we got for our wedding.
- Make cheeseburgers from scratch. Also make a summer dessert.
- Celebrate the 4th of July with a parade and fireworks.
I like ice cream, but when we stop for a treat I tend to get some sort of flurry or ice cream in a dish. I'm not sure why because when I eat ice cream on a cone I'm instantly taken back to the summers of my youth. There is something really awesome about eating ice cream this way and I'm looking forward introducing Keaton to the novelty.
We live 0.9 miles from a blueberry patch....farm...what would you call it? Blueberry picking place. For the past three years I've been meaning to get down there and for the past three years the season has come and gone and I have yet to pick blueberries. This year I'm doing it.
I was hoping to plant a garden this year, but with June halfway over and the next few weekends not looking promising to be able to get it in I'm afraid it isn't going to happen. If I can't grow my own veggies then I'm going to make a conscious effort to not buy produce at the grocery store for the season. One of the awesome things about where we live is that we have Farmer's Markets galore at our disposal. Every single day downtown the market is open and on weekends the little square is pretty full. Between that and the Co-op, which also sells local goods, this shouldn't be too difficult, it will just take a little more planning on my part.
Five years ago as Collin and I were registering for wedding gifts I insisted on registering for this set of outdoor serve ware. Plates, glasses, bowls, etc, etc, we have it all. Collin thought I was nuts, we'd never use it, but I assured him that we would. EVERYONE needs serve ware for their cookouts. Turns out in five years the set has not once seen the light of day. That is going to change this summer!
What things do you want to do this year to make the season special?