Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer ‘round these parts. The pools open, the grills get dusted off and fired up, the sunscreen gets applied liberally. Memorial Day was only a week and a half ago but if you live on the East Coast, particularly south of the Mason Dixon, you know that it already feels like August.
Just today the thermometer has climbed to nearly 100. Add in the humidity and it felt closer to hotterthanhell degrees. (It’s a technical term.)
I’ve written a bit over the last few weeks about the early-summer fun we’ve been having around these parts (you can catch up here and here). More recently, I’ve had some fun taking pictures of our unofficial start to summer …little details that I don’t want to forget.
So here they are, my top 8 early summer woven moments…..
#8: SUMMER COMMANDO
There’s the classic kids-ripping-diapers-off maneuver. Because going commando is way more fun….
#7: ROAD TRIPS
Ignore that you look and feel like the Griswalds or that your minivan is busting at the seams with suitcases, swim noodles, and empty soda cans. The family road trip is a summer must-do and if you’re lucky, the road trip will include the magical and elusive “car nap”:
#6: WET SUITS
Nothing says summer like dripping bathing suits on the back porch.
#5: SEASONAL CHEESINESS
My seasonal flag for summer, complete with inflatable hot air balloon! It’s 3-D baby!
#4: HOPEFUL PLANTS
Window boxes, strawberries, and tomatoes, inching their way toward greatness:
#3: SUMMER PRODUCE
Besides Hanover tomatoes (which you can eat like apples in late summer), the very BEST thing about living in Richmond is Ukrop’s peaches (ripened first on the tree, then in the brown bag). They are the yummiest, juiciest peaches in the world.
First off, what’s better about summer than an old-fashioned BBQ? You know the scene: games of cornhole, kids running around way past their bedtime and sneaking treats when their parents aren’t looking, and catching up with old friends.
#1: WATER PLAY
Backyard water play is a win-win scenario in my house. The girls get to go nuts with the hose, the water table, the baby pool. I get to sit in a chair and do nothing for twenty minutes. Everybody’s happy.
Serious water play and silly faces…
There are other summer impressions that I keep in my mind’s eye, either because I haven’t snapped them with the camera or because they can’t be caught on film.
If I could bottle the scent of my girls’ sunscreened and sun-drenched cheeks, for example, I would wear it forever. It’s my favorite smell in the whole world.
I also love the red ring around Peanut’s eyes that comes after a full day of wearing swim goggles.
Or the way Pumpkin’s locks tighten to curly Q’s when it’s humid outside. Irresistible.
What about you?
What sights, sounds, and smells mark the beginning of summer in your world? Leave a comment and share with the class!
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