Tuesday, June 1, 2010


I love seasons.

I love how the change from one to another is so gradual and yet often seems so sudden.

I love making the most of the unique experiences each season offers: colorful, crunchy, falling leaves in the crisp fall, snowflakes and hot chocolate and bundling up in the winter, puddles and rainbow and new growing things in the spring.

With today being June 1st, and Memorial Day bringing in the 'unofficial' start to summer, I have decided to intentionally put a little bit of summer into every day - starting today!  Even the smallest things build great memories, sometimes even better memories than the big stuff.

Daydreaming of the summer ahead, I can see us picking fresh corn and tomatoes from our gardens, setting up the sprinkler in the backyard, eating outside under our big shade tree, playing with sparklers on July 4th, and putting lightening bugs in a jar past sunset.  Ahead on our calendar we have summer Vacation Bible School, the Library summer reading program, and a summer trip to Grandma's.  Summer time is also full of opportunities for all kinds of water play, crafts, and science & nature experiments.

I can't wait to get started!

What activities and experiences speak 'summer' to you?  What are some of your favorite summer childhood memories and traditions?


Cindy said...

The thing I remember most about summer when I was very small was sitting outside at night in a large wooden rocking chair with my mom looking at the stars. We loved to do that together.

Amy said...

That sounds like a cozy summer memory.

We have a glow-in-the-dark book of constellations we've been wanting to get to. Maybe this week is finally the time to do it!

Michelle said...

My favorite summertime things...
*laying on the trampoline with Chad at night and talk and look at the stars
*sitting on the porch swing at night with Chad and talking
*the girls playing outside together in the backyard/on the porch all morning until lunch because it is still shady until then
*picnic lunches on the porch
*playing in the sprinkler in the afternoon because now it is super HOT
*making snow-cones to take to the girls because they have been outside ALL DAY LONG
*making homemade butterfinger ice cream
*extra trips to the library and then curl up on the couches together and reading all afternoon
*the kids playing in the sprinkler until dark and going straight to shower/bed (they sleep SO good those nights!)

We did ALL of this except the trampoline and library trip this weekend. It was a great weekend!
(And I am totally stealing this idea for a blog post. Thanks! :-)

Kristin said...

I remember going to the snowcone stand with my big sister, a tradition that I plan to keep going this summer.

Jennifer said...

Summertime to me, as a kid, always meant trips to my grandparents...and they had an in-ground pool which I thought was the true meaning of FUN! The adults would linger under the umbrellas (on deck furniture that was concrete!) and the kids would swim literally all day. Of course, you had to wait thirty minutes after you ate before heading back in...torturous thirty minutes to be sure!