Summer Lovin’

This summer was hands down one of the BEST I’ve ever had in my life.  And that’s not just because I can’t remember most of my summers and two of them involved newborn babies.  No, this summer just totally kicked tushie.  And I feel like a huge part of that is due to the fun checklist we made as soon as school let out. Get ready for a photo overload!

photo-1We did it ALL.  Every last bit of it. Sure, we were scrambling about near the end to ensure that every last item was completed, but that only helped to keep up from moping about the last week, waiting for the school year to start. Some things were pretty easy to check off because they already happen regularly, like going to church, eating lunch, and hunting for bugs in the backyard.  Other things were bound to happen anyway, such as Emily’s bug-themed birthday party, sleepovers at Grandma’s and Grandpa’s house, getting ice cream, and of course, getting frozen cokes. We also did loads of arts & crafts projects – check out these groovy tie-dye shirts we made!


We did other artsy-type projects that were on the list too – we painted, made sun catchers out of pony beads, created jewelry, and even dabbled in architecture when we tried to make buildings using marshmallows and toothpicks. Julia gave up and ate them when we weren’t looking. 😀


Our list included trips to Ocala (where we also crossed off swimming in a natural spring), a visit to Dinosaur World, and a stay at the Nickelodeon Studios Hotel.


And of course there were other highlights, like water park playdates…


…trips to the library…


…board games…


…fireworks shows…


…trips to the pet store (one of the girls’ favorite things to do)…


…and beach days, too!


The last thing we checked off on our chart was a trip to the movies.  We managed to squeeze in a movie at a local theater the last week of summer break.  Whew!

Looking back through these pictures makes me so overwhelmed with joy at the wonderful memories our family created this summer. Granted, many of the items on the checklist were things that were already on the calendar, but there many more unplanned activities than planned. It wasn’t always easy to find time to do some of the things we wanted to do, but it definitely kept us from staying inside everyday watching movies because it was too hot or rainy to go anywhere. 

We had ourselves a BLAST! And we will definitely be making another checklist next summer!


7 thoughts on “Summer Lovin’

  1. It really has been such a great summer! And the check lists definitely help keep things fun and active.
    However, now I can’t wait for fall. Cinnamon broom, anyone? 😄

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