Savoring Summer

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned with age (besides the fact that hangovers get worse as you get older) it’s that time seems to move much faster. The last month and a half has been an absolute whirlwind. In my mind, we are still in the first week of June. Considering my favorite holiday, 4th of July, is coming up next weekend, I clearly need to wrap my mind around this whole “June is over” idea.

We spent the end of May and early June traveling around Europe then I came back and got to spend a weekend in Lake Tahoe with some of my closest friends for a bachelorette party. Please don’t think I am complaining. I love traveling and new experiences. I just didn’t realize how fast time flies when you are eating, drinking and playing all day. It makes the work day go by sooo slowly. Do you think there’s any way I could get paid to always be on vacation? Side note: I aspired to be a trophy wife in middle school, no joke. It just made the most sense to me and infuriated my teachers, so I figured it was a great idea.

Back to real life, I am not a trophy wife. But, like my younger self, I do still love everything about summer. After some work travel this weekend, my schedule will open up and I am looking forward to slowing down and savoring summer. In an effort to act like I am still a kid on summer vacation hanging out at the pool all day and eating popsicles, I am hoping to take on fewer responsibilities this summer. Instead, I intend to experience this season and soak it up every day, because we all know summer will be over before we know it.

In an attempt to be less depressed about having to come home from our adventure in Europe, my husband and I made a list of the summer activities we want to do during the next few months. I don’t want to find myself saying, “Man I wish we would have done that this summer” once October rolls around. Of course, there needs to be a balance. I can’t say yes to everything, so I plan to be very intentional with my time and hopefully slow down to enjoy these fun activities our joyful, vacation loving selves deemed essential for summer:

  • Go to Picnic in the Park
  • Float down rivers
  • Go to Rivercats game(s)
  • Go Camping!
  • Visit Clarksburg for wine tasting
  • Go to Tahoe
  • Visit the Yuba City River
  • Grill oysters
  • Check out local breweries
  • Buy a vespa
  • Enjoy picnics on the Greenbelt
  • Fish
  • Beach days
  • Invite friends over for BBQ’s
  • Golf
  • Pretend we are in Italy and eat meat and cheese plates for dinner
  • Get local produce at the fruit stands
  • Go to $5 movies on Tuesdays to escape the heat
  • Have a water play date and sleepover with our nephew/niece
  • Go on the boat (waterski season!)
  • Make ice cream
  • Check out new locations to hike

What’s on your list of activities for this summer? I’d love to hear about them below!

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