Thursday 13 – Bring on Summertime


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Waaay back in the day, I participated in this blog hop and in doing my research, it seems like it died out but then a couple folks revived it. I loved this one so here goes.

My topic for this week is:

Thirteen things I want to do this spring and summer.

  1. Take the kids out to Bradley’s Country Store and let them pick out old-fashioned candy.

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2. Eat lots and lots of popsicles! There’s just something about one of these that makes a summer day more bearable.

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3. Take neighborhood walks. When my kids were younger we took WAY more walks. We’ve been a little lax about it lately. It’s time to get back to it.

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4. Get my lawn in order. It used to be so nice and then out of nowhere, it began to die! I don’t even like talking about it because it frustrates me so much. Before we move, I have to hardcore tend and patch, etc.

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5. Buy elderflower liqueur. I had gotten really good at making slightly fancier gin drinks but the more I delve into recipes, I find that people are using this in SO many. I enjoy crafting drinks and the warmer months are perfect for finding refreshing libation.

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6. Buy a bubble machine. Koda had one last year but it didn’t last very long. She loves this thing and I don’t think being one year older will mean she won’t still get a total kick out of it.

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7. Work on my tan. This is a year-round thing in Florida but if you read my blog at all, you know I’m like Superman – I recharge based on the sun. I’m careful, mind you. I use about a 30 spf on most of my body and a much higher one on my face. I stay out for only 20 minutes at a time. but slowly, my skin regains that darker, healthier hue and my overall mental state is corrected.

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8. Get to that beach. Obviously. Now check this out: my husband made me a deal last night. If we skip watching the wrestling pay per view on Sunday, we can hit the beach. We went a few weeks ago but it was super cloudy. Sadly, my oldest son’s first reaction was “Ugh, I don’t wanna go to the beach!” He’s always so annoyed by the sand and the drive (it’s only 55 minutes). Either way, I’m going to make sure this happens.

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9. Take a few trips to Pensacola. I just saw my mom this past weekend so we’ll need to wait a bit but I love that my parents now live in that coastal town. And town is right; I always thought it was a bigger place but honestly, only about a quarter the size of Tallahassee! I enjoy going because it’s different and they have a million places to eat and drink. It’s always a nice time. Here we are at the Pensacola Bay Brewery.

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10. Throw a party. We did this a couple summers ago (and many other times) and with the kegerator, it’s always a hit. The only problem is picking the right time so that the majority of people can attend. I know not everyone will but I always want a big turnout.

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11. Eat seafood! There’s just something about water, sun, and seafood that go together for me. 3/5 of my family don’t like it but I do and want it in mass quantities. Either we’ll find some places that offer other dishes or Elliot and I will go out just the two of us and feast – because he loves him some shrimp.

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12. Get to the public pool. We don’t own our own pool just yet but one of our local public ones serves us just fine.

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13. Slow down my life. Granted, summer can sometimes feel crazy with vacations and other activities but I want to take time to live moments as they arise, be mindful of the present, and to appreciate everything I have.

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6 thoughts on “Thursday 13 – Bring on Summertime

  1. An admirable list indeed. We might have some summer coming our way here. too, if the last of these damn snowdrifts would finally melt away & maybe a tree would bud or something.

  2. I grew up next to a penny candy store AND the beach, but I still need that bubble machine to make life complete.

  3. I love the candy store, and I too like those flavor-ice pop stick thingies. I especially like the blue raspberry ones. Dang. Now I want one! Thanks for joining us – again – in Thursday 13! Hope you stick around!

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