Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Summer that.......

Well, today is technically the last day of summer so I thought it was a good time to reflect on how it went.  The first day of summer brings such anticipation as to what's to come in the next several months. Did you have great plans as to how you were going to spend your summer?  Are their things you wanted to accomplish?  Or are you more of a I'm gonna relax and not do one darn thing type of person?

I am the accomplishment type. I wanted to use this summer to catch up on all the things I didn't get to do throughout the year.  As far as this summer goes, I thought it would be the perfect time to increase my mileage and get lots of long runs in. I thought it would be the perfect time to work on my speed a little. I wanted to catch up on all my magazines and I have quite a few house projects that I wanted to tackle.  But this is what really happened instead.

This is the summer that....................


My mom and I took a Cruise together.  2010 was the last time we took a cruise that was just her and I.



I learned I will never take Baylee for long walks on the Rail Trail again. The Island is more her speed.

I finished 3 books!  For me this is awesome because I love to read but haven't read for pleasure since we started this blog!


                                               I spent LOTS of time with Baylee in the pool.



Baylee's story got published. I had to submit a dozen photos for this article and I have to say I'm not real pleased with the one they chose since there were so many cuter options ( like the picture above). I guess that's my fault though since I could have more of a say in it and I really just forgot about when it was going to be published.


I hiked Bushkill Falls and saw some amazing waterfalls and also hiked Ricketts Glen and Trough Creek State Park.


I spent time with Family at the Lake House and had a fabulous time on the Proud Mary dinner cruise.

Baylee and Belle rode in the boat for the first time. We've only bee talking about bringing them for years. I think they had a good time.


                                                                I had some beach time.

I drove my Pappy in the Fourth of July Parade ( and met some famous softball players, the REAL ones from that old movie A League of their own).

I ran one 5K race each month and placed in my age group for the first time and again for the second time!


I learned how to use a pressure washer and got such satisfaction from seeing how clean our deck became. I had no idea it was that dirty! I washed everything else I could!

I did finally paint some of the trim on our house.


I got a summer wardrobe update from Golden Tote and finally took some dress clothes I no longer wear to a consignment store in town.



I worked my way through the Starbucks Frappe menu...lol

I had my first experience with a meal delivery service.


I saw what may be the largest Elvis guitar!

So perhaps I didn't accomplish everything I wanted to do but I had a really good summer and I enjoyed just being in the moment. Sometimes making memories is more important than accomplishing a task.  -M

What memories do you have from this summer?





26 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a fantastic summer! Mine was pretty good--my husband worked so much this summer that we didn't get to get out of town as much as we like. Summer is too short! Altho the warm temps linger on...

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    1. I am so thankful for the lingering warmth because I dread the colder temps!

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  2. Any summer that includes lots of puppy time is ALWAYS a win!

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    1. She is my #1 priority over the summer for sure (and every other time of year as well).

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  3. I feel like a really good blog reader right now because I remember all this stuff you talked about! :) I think we had similar summers- just having fun and making memories!

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  4. Looks like you accomplished a lot this summer! I was hoping to read more than I did so I am working on that.

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    1. I'm learning the key is audiobooks! That was I can multitask!

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  5. Wow, it sounds like a really fun Summer! I think I hoped to get more done but I have that hope every Summer and things just get busy.

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    1. That's just more stuff for us to do this fall!

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  6. What a great summer! I always have a long to do list each summer that I hope to tackle when I'm home from school. I came nowhere near accomplishing everything, but I'm happy with what I did finish. I also thoroughly enjoyed all of the time that I got to spend at home with my little man.

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    1. It's nice to accomplish tasks but even better to spend quality time with the ones we love!

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  7. What a great summer!! I'm right with you on the love of a pressure-washer - I still have about half of my very long driveway to do, but it's been too hot to get out there. And wow, Baylee is famous!

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    1. Haha, I didn't realize how satisfying pressure washing is! I love it!!

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  8. Amazing summer for you!! Which was your favorite Frapp?

    You got lots of things done! That's awesome!

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    1. Hmm, probably the birthday cake one but the caramel waffle cone was great too. Last summer they had strawberry shortcake and I was bummed they didn't bring that flavor back this year!

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  9. This is a fun post :)
    I still go all googly eyed at that picture of Baylee with the sad eyes & covered feet.
    THUMBS UP for going through the Starbucks frap menu ;)

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  10. Wow, You really accomplished a lot! I love doing posts like this because it reminds me that I actually DID things even though it felt at the time like I wasn't living it up the way I'd hope. (At least that was my experience this summer). How cool that you had that article published about Baylee, although I agree, the photo about is cuter than the one they chose.

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  11. This looks like a seriously fun summer! Loved seeing all of your pictures and you got a lot "done." Sometimes my favorite experiences were the unplanned ones! I'm with you, I tend to be a get things done person and start to feel anxious if I'm not making as much progress as I think I should. Congrats on getting published, too! I'm sure I just missed it, but what magazine was that in?

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  12. What a fun summer you had! I'm impressed with your pressure washing skills. We just had our typical summer with backyard fun, water skiing and a beach trip.

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  13. You did have a great summer! YOur pictures are all so fun!
    Pressure washers are awesome, I have a cousin who does that for a business.
    I had a great summer too, I had nothing I really wanted to get done but I wanted to hike as much as possible because I knew I was going to miss my pine forests before my move and I did pretty good with it, got out on a few new trails I hadn't been on before and spent lots of time with friends and family couldn't ask for more! On another note I didn't realize today was the last official day of summer until I read this, my mind is so not with it right now, LOL

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  14. The BF & I were originally only going to spend a half day or so in Ricketts Glen but now we've changed our itinerary a bit so we get a whole day there & I am so excited after I saw your post on it a while back.

    Summer for me was busy, lots of hiking, lots of weddings, and a decent amount of day trips here and there. But SO excited for fall!

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  15. Wow seems like you had a superb summer. The cruise sounds so exciting!

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  16. I love this! I am like you and plan, make list and think my time is best spent checking off the list. But my best memories are when I'm actually LIVING like these things.

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  17. I am BEYOND THRILLED today is the first day of fall! Summer is NOT my favorite season, that's for sure! It's just too too hot for me. Looks like you had a great summer though! I am actually going on a cruise for 10 days starting next Friday - never been on one before!!! Any tips? haha

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  18. Love the Baylee pictures as always.
    And this was the first time I consigned stuff too.

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