Summers always feel nostalgic for me. Carnivals, snow cones, running through sprinklers, the smell of citronella, swimming, and long lazy days always take me right back to my childhood.
There is so much that I miss about those summers, but these are the things I long for the most. Minus the three month break from school.
So earlier this week I tried a few. The watermelon was tasty, the popsicles were messy, the tree climbing was way harder than I remember. I reminisced about all the hours spent on my bike (I still ride the same one I rode as a kiddo).
Who is hoarding all the kickballs? I couldn’t find a one, although after a bike ride and a failed attempt at climbing a tree…I can’t say I looked too hard.
I also forgot how when you grab the hose to drink from, the water comes out boiling hot for the first couple seconds. Oh hey third degree mouth burns. Can’t call that enjoyable, but hey once the water chilled down it was just as tasty as I remembered. I might hold onto that one and call it a habit.
The only thing I couldn’t get to was Capture the Flag. Couldn’t find enough
players ahem willing participants. Anyone wanna play? Meet ya at the park in ten, I’ll grab my bike.
What do you miss from childhood summers?
Have you climbed a tree lately?
Have you tried the watermelon Oreos?
Tim wants me to mention that he begged me to change my graphic to “Anyone have a time machine?” but I said I gots to do what I gots to do dude. He knows proper English, but I am too gangster for all that.
I love decorating our mantle for the holidays and seasons, mainly because it’s small enough to not feel overwhelmed but in a spot that makes the whole house feel festive. In other words, it’s my lazy way of decking the halls.
Thanks to Danielle’s Craft with What Ya Got Challenge, I was challenged and inspired to make lots of bright DIY’s with the help of paint chips and this tutorial.
Now my mantel looks like our own little lemonade stand! My favorite is the little quote that says, “If life hands you lemons make lemonade, if that doesn’t work add vodka”. I think I will make that my summer mantra.
Just like every time I do a mantle post I have to apologize for our crazy fish tank lighting and awesome shadows. One day my photography skills will be good enough to compensate, I promise.
Have you been doing any summer decorating?
Have you made any fun paint chip crafts?
Want some tasty lemonade? With vodka?
It is Friday, the first Friday of June. June. As in the middle of the year, June.
Who do we talk to about slowing this whole “time” thing down. Another birthday is creeping up on me, and I haven’t even taken the Spring mantel decorations down.
This summer I promised Tim that we would slow things down, and spend more time at home. That is pretty easy for us in the summer because we are blessed with a pool. We finally have it opened and that greenish hue is just a memory now. In order to celebrate I thought I would show you one of my favorite Etsy shops.
Samantha French captures the essence of summer fun in her oil paintings.
If I could I would plaster waterproof versions of those all over our pool walls. The colors are so crisp and every single painting gets me giddy for cannonballs and mermaid games.
Ok, I need to get my head out of the summer-clouds…it’s still a little chilly yet.
So I will focus my attention on some of the coolest projects I have seen lately.
This looks like the perfect project for summer BBQ’s. It is very difficult to find a cute tablecloth, even harder to find one that won’t blow away with the slightest breeze. I think Jordan’s DIY striped tablecloth would also make a cute picnic blanket so it is kind of a win-win.
I am dying to make Design Sponge’s string art trellis. I love that they dyed the string prior to making it for that dash of summer color. I would feel so fancy with a trellis in my backyard and I am pretty sure it would force me to grow some lovely ivy or even grapes. That is it, it’s going on the list.
Did I mention I am ready for some swim time? So it is no wonder that Design Mom’s feature on a photographer taking photos of people swimming under crashing waves it caught my eye. Oh how I long for a beach. I think photo-projects are so interesting and most of the time I am left thinking, “how on earth did they come up with that idea”.
Are you doing anything fun this weekend?
Are you as excited as us for swim season?
Can you believe it is June, gahhhh.
Happy June….wait June? That means it is officially summer in my book. Summers have always been the highlight of the year, more so when it meant I was on a three-month vacation from books and bullying. Those were the days, and I decided I want to start reliving them. Instead of taking a three-month hiatus from that thing I call my job I decided to join some amazing co-hosts to bring you the Summer of My Youth Link Up Party.
The idea is simple: relive your youth, blog about it, link it up! Go somewhere or do something that reminds you of summertime when you were a kid – read a book (or series), visit a place that has meaning, make that recipe you couldn’t get enough of, watch the show or movie you know all the words to, or listen to that CD you wore out. It can be whatever brings back those awesome summer memories!
Before we dive into the deets, let’s check out the awesome ladies who are playing hosts this summer:
Now the deets!
Link Up Schedule:
TODAY! Link your blog up below and let us know you’re on board! We want to where to be looking for those awesome summer memories.
JULY 1ST, AUGUST 1ST, SEPTEMBER 1ST Visit the co-hosts on the 1st of each month of the summer for a fresh link up where you can share your Summer of My Youth blog post – tell us what you’ve done, where you’ve gone, how you’re reliving summertime. You can do all three months or just link up one – the choice is up to you!
Link Up Rules:
1. Follow the co-hosts!
2. Link up your blog! You only need to link up to ONE co-host to be linked to all!
3. Get started on recreating your childhood.
4. Come back July 1st to link up your ‘Summer of My Youth’ post with us!