Throwback Thursday – Summer Fun

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Throwback Thursday.  Since summer is winding down, I thought it would be fun to post an old photo of my son with my dad at the beach.  This was taken in July 2010, so Ian was a few months away from turning 3 years old.

I love how dad is showing Ian the fun of the ocean waves on your toes. And the feel of wet sand, and the importance of holding hands so you don’t fall over.

Four generations of my family have enjoyed this beach and I just love that.  There is much history there and many amazing memories.  I am so blessed to have gone there as a child and now to be able to take my child. It has also been fun to be there with my husband.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Summers spent at our family’s beach house
  • Toes in the sand
  • Feeling the water on our toes and legs
  • Spending time with parents and grandparents during the summer
  • Small feet that have grown quite a bit
  • Many years of fun memories
  • A chance to have four generations at the beach a few summers ago — something I will never forget
  • Our smooth transition from summer to school
  • A family who I love dearly and who love me
  • Friends who make me laugh and help me smile
  • Prayer support

I wonder what other fun things we will do before summer officially ends on September 23?  I look forward to finding out.  And, I also am looking forward to the fall/autumn season.

Throwback Thursday – Summer Fun

Ian.bay.readyHi and Happy Thursday.  Hope you are having a great last day of July! Today is unusually cool and will be rainy.  Odd for July weather.  It’s normally hot, humid and very dry, but not this year.

For today’s picture, I decided on a photo of Ian from 2009, when he wasn’t quite two years old.  This was his second trip to San Diego.  This photo is of my little sea monster coming out of the bay.

Some friends of ours let us borrow the wet suit, which was way too big.  And, we had the life jacket on top to help him while in the water.  He had a hard time moving around but still had fun.

He has grown a lot since then and is now more comfortable in the water.  He loves to swim in pools and likes getting his feet wet in the ocean.  Next time we are in San Diego, we will have to try this bay again.  It is so nice and calm for swimming.

This week we have found several fun things to do as our summer winds down. These things include:

  • Ian and his friend playing mini-golf
  • Dinner out with friends
  • Ice cream cones
  • A birthday party
  • Watching Paw Patrol
  • Being amazed at Ian’s Lego creations
  • Enjoying a leftover dinner of noodles, meat, and soy sauce that Ian said was delicious
  • Reading
  • Watching a baseball game and cheering for our team
  • Ian putting on his helmet and riding his bike

This coming weekend we look forward to time to swim and more time to relax.  Should be a fun one, but then again, I think it’s supposed to be raining.  Oh well, we can figure out what to do inside.

I wonder what other fun adventures this week will bring?  I can’t wait to find out.  Have a great one!

Two More Weeks of Summer

Summer.7-28-2-14It is hard to believe that two weeks from today, school will start back for Ian.  My the summer has flown by. But it’s not over yet!  So, we will have to see what other fun things we can get into.  We certainly did a variety of fun things this weekend, along with some work.

This photo is from last month when we went to Cypress Gardens.  I love the pink color amongst all of the green and the water. That was such a calming place and lovely.

Over the weekend, we went shopping for books and a microscope for Ian.  We also went to buy a new backpack for Ian for school and some new tennis shoes.  Then we went for a yummy lunch at the Olive Garden.  And, later we had a relaxing evening.

For several days, we watched the San Diego Padres in action — first against the Chicago Cubs and then the Atlanta Braves.  I prefer going to a ballpark but it was just as fun watching on television. They won two of the games and lost two.

We also watched “Heaven is For Real.”  That was a very good movie and touching.  It makes you stop and think about your faith.  Anyone else seen it?  I would love some thoughts on that.

Ian spent Sunday afternoon reading his new books and going outside to find things to look at through his microscope.  At one point he was ready for a snack and said, “I am a hungry scientist.”

After that we went to play mini-golf with some friends and then out for dinner.  We had a great visit and a lot of fun.  None of us did very well but we had a great time.  Ian and his buddy were helping each other throughout the course.

Now with two weeks left of summer, we have to decide what else we will be doing.  I think there will be swimming, maybe a trip to a museum, a baseball game, and time to ride Ian’s bike, and take walks.

Ian will be starting his 1st grade year.  I think he is excited to get back to school since he really likes it.  For that I am thankful.  I, on the other hand, can’t believe he is almost a first grader.  The first year went so fast and I expect this one to as well.

Soon it will be back to the alarm clock going off, packing lunches, walking to and from school (when the weather is nice), homework and school projects, and earlier bed times.

For now and the next two weeks though, we will still enjoy making pancakes and bacon during the week.  There is never enough time during the school year to do this in the morning before we have to leave.  Instead it’s just on the weekend. So that is a fun summer treat.

We will also enjoy time to read together, have Ian watch his favorite cartoons in the morning, color and draw, make up stories, play, have computer time, and enjoy ice cream treats.

The routine and pace of summer is so different than the school year.  We have enjoyed it and will between now and when school starts.

I wonder what fun end of the summer adventures we will have this week and next?  I cannot wait to find out.

Sweet Tea and Summer

iced.teaIn the movie, Steel Magnolias, sweet tea is named the house wine of the south.  I have to agree.

Here in the south, most of us like our tea sweet with plenty of ice.  Some like lemon with it and some don’t.  Other parts of the country look at you funny when you order sweet tea or iced tea at a restaurant.

In my opinion, the best sweet tea is when the sugar is added when the water is still hot — just after brewing.  If you wait until it’s cold, it just doesn’t mix very well.

My friend Dawn really likes sweet tea and regularly drinks it.  My husband does as well.  I like my sweet tea mixed with some unsweet tea as it is often too sweet for me.  And, I like lots of ice.

Imagine my delight when I realized that the town of Summerville, South Carolina, which we recently visited,  is the birthplace of Sweet Tea. I made a note to be sure and tell Dawn about this.

According to an article in Charleston’s newspaper, The Post and Courier, a receipt from 1890 indicated that this was the location of the first sweet tea.  Here is an excerpt from that article:

“For some years, the Southern beverage was thought to have happened onto the scene in St. Louis at The World’s Fair in 1904.

“But those ideas changed with the discovery of a long list of items purchased for a reunion of old soldiers near Summerville in 1890.

“Among the provisions of bread, beans, and beef were these specific commodities: 600 pounds of sugar and 880 gallons of iced tea. These folks were already enjoying the Southern beverage of choice a full 14 years before anybody at the World’s Fair had even considered dropping some ice into a glass of tea.”

The article also states that the City of Summerville was approved for a trademark to call itself the birthplace of sweet tea.  Cool!  (pun intended)

According to a Charleston travel magazine, “The tea plant (Camellia Sinensis) arrived in Summerville in the late 1700s imported by Andre Michaux, a French explorer and botanist. In 1888, Dr. Charles Shepard was the first to successfully propagate and produce tea for consumption when he acquired 600 acres in Summerville and established the Pinehurst Tea Plantation. Dr. Shepard produced award-winning teas until his death in 1915.”

The tea plant (Camellia Sinensis) arrived in Summerville in the late 1700s imported by Andre Michaux, a French explorer and botanist. In 1888, Dr. Charles Shepard was the first to successfully propagate and produce tea for consumption when he acquired 600 acres in Summerville and established the Pinehurst Tea Plantation. Dr. Shepard produced award-winning teas until his death in 1915. – See more at: http://travelerofcharleston.com/blog/summerville-tastes-like-sweet-tea/#sthash.DwbbY7m4.dpuf

There is nothing like a glass of sweet tea – served over lots of ice — especially in the summer.  AHHH!

To me, here is summer:

  • Bare feet
  • Playing in the sprinkler
  • Sand in my toes
  • Lightning bugs
  • Late nights
  • Lazy mornings
  • Making pancakes on a weekday
  • Playing a game of chess with Ian
  • Reading books anytime
  • Swimming in the pool
  • Watermelon dripping down your hands
  • Corn cooked on a grill
  • Walks with my hubby and son
  • Cookouts
  • Fireworks
  • S’mores
  • A tall glass of sweet iced tea

I wonder when my next glass of sweet tea will be?  Probably at lunch!  Take care and have a great day!

The tea plant (Camellia Sinensis) arrived in Summerville in the late 1700s imported by Andre Michaux, a French explorer and botanist. In 1888, Dr. Charles Shepard was the first to successfully propagate and produce tea for consumption when he acquired 600 acres in Summerville and established the Pinehurst Tea Plantation. Dr. Shepard produced award-winning teas until his death in 1915. – See more at: http://travelerofcharleston.com/blog/summerville-tastes-like-sweet-tea/#sthash.DwbbY7m4.dpuf

Throwback Thursday – June 26

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust four more days of June left.  Wow!  Where has the month gone?  It seems like we just started it and our summer.  And now we are nearly halfway the summer through already.  Time certainly does fly as we get older, doesn’t it?!

Here is a really sweet picture of Ian at the beach in Fort Pierce, Florida. He was about 2 years old.  I love how it looks like he can reach out and touch the water.  “Look Mommy, almost got it” is what he is seeming to say.

As you can see on the sand, the beach is covered with shells.  This was a great shelling beach.  We had to wear our shoes to keep our feet safe.  Fun times!

Since this picture was taken, Ian has grown and changed so much.  His feet are now probably twice as big and he is much taller.  Amazing he was ever this little.

Today, I am thankful for:

  • My shell collection
  • The feel of sand in my toes
  • My son’s smile
  • A hug from Ian before bed as he says, “I love you Mommy”
  • A cold drink
  • An ocean breeze
  • Our summer schedule
  • A dinner date with my guys
  • Cheering on the USA during a soccer match
  • Watching a baseball game
  • Talking a walk

I wonder what our summer Thursday has in store for us?  I hope it’s something fun!

…And The Livin Is Easy

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERASummertime and the livin is easy.  Hi and Happy Summer!  And TGIF!  We are having a very nice, although hot and humid summer.  How about you?! We have had lot of rain and thunderstorms and last night even some pea-size hail.

This morning, Ian asked me if summer is the rainy season.  I told him not normally, but it certainly has been so far this summer  And, there is a chance of rain every day for the next week.

This photo is of Ian a few years ago.  He was having a great time at the beach.  He loves to play in the sand and in the water. I was a day late on Throwback Thursday, so thought I’d post this now.

For a child, the days of summer can run together.  That is why we talk each morning about the day of the week and the date.  Ian has a calendar that he has been marking off.  He is very excited that tomorrow is the official start of summer.

This summer we are playing, having time on the computer, seeing friends and family, riding his bike with training wheels, drawing and coloring, reading, and doing some school work as well.  It isn’t a lot of work, just enough so he doesn’t lose all that he learned during the school year.

On this day before the official start of summer, I am thankful for:

  • Umbrellas and rain boots on a rainy day so we can sing in the rain
  • Air conditioning so we aren’t quite so sweaty on a very humid day
  • A cold glass of water or iced tea
  • A cold beer with tacos or a hamburger
  • Having extra time to talk to Ian in the morning since we aren’t having to rush out the door
  • Watching a favorite show with Kirk and Ian
  • Savoring frozen yogurt or ice cream
  • Watching Ian play with a friend he hasn’t seen in a long time

I wonder what we’ll be doing next in this lazy, hazy summer.  Can’t wait to find out!

 

Summer Throwback Thursday

June.5_TTFor today’s Throwback Thursday, I decided to include a picture of Ian at the beach a few years ago.  He looks like he is talking about what he wants to do next.

Just like me, he loves the beach and always has such fun while he is there. Then again, being a kid he is happy in whatever he is doing.  I love how he has taught me to live in the moment.

We’ve almost finished our first week of summer and we are having a blast!  We attended a fun cookout, have been playing at home, reading books for the summer reading program, eating ice cream cones at home a few times, spending time on the computer, and coloring and doing other art projects. So far so good.

Summer and the living is easy and fun.  We are sleeping in a little bit — well just 30 minutes so far.  Hopefully as we go along there will be some later mornings but I doubt it. After a year of getting up at the same time 5 days a week, it’s hard to change for summer.

A few things I am thankful for this week:

  • Listening to Ian read a book that he chose at the library (and he did such a great job)
  • Enjoying chocolate mint ice cream on a cone with Ian
  • Taking our time with breakfast and our mornings
  • Smiling as Ian sings a favorite Bon Jovi song
  • Savoring coffee made each morning by Kirk
  • Shopping at the store with my guys and choosing some special treats
  • Having family over for dinner
  • Talking to an old friend
  • Attending a cookout at my parents’ house and having a blast
  • Sweating outside and then coming into the air-conditioned house
  • Staying home all day

I wonder what the rest of this first week of summer will bring?  I hope it’s something fun and can’t wait to find out.  Take care!

The Start of Summer

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday is our first day of summer and you know what? We woke up at the usual time – just like for a school day.  ARG!!!

I was not too happy with that since it is Saturday morning, but I guess old habits take a while to change.  After a year of being on a strict schedule, it will take some time for all of us to get used to a different schedule.

We are looking forward to a relaxing day though.  We will be going to the library this afternoon to sign up for their summer reading program and choosing some new books.

And, this evening, we are going to a cookout at my parent’s house.  So, that too will be nice.

And sometime in the next few days, we will go swimming at the pool.  And hopefully have some time at the lake and at the park as well.

This photo was taken of Ian about 4 years ago at the beach.  He was surprised about something but I don’t remember what it was.  He was ready for summer fun then and he is ready today for the summer to begin.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Spending the morning in our pajamas since we had nothing planned
  • Summer books
  • Ice cream on a hot day
  • Swimming
  • Playing games
  • Staying up later than usual

Summer… and the living is easy.   Hope you have a great summer!

Happy 4th of July!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHope you are having a wonderful 4th of July.

I am looking forward to a nice and relaxing weekend.  There will be a lot of fun times with family to be had and that is great!

This afternoon, we will grill out hamburgers and hot dogs with my parents and niece and then make s’mores!  YUMMY!

Tomorrow night is dinner out with my husband’s brother and his wife.  Then Saturday will be swimming at the community pool with my brother and his wife and kids and then eating at the favorite pizza place in town.

Lots of food, fun, talking, and lazy time!  Sounds like a great weekend to me.

Here is my photo too for the Photo-A-Day challenge.  Today is Red, White, or Blue and I decided to go with all three — Red, White, and Blue.

Ian is holding his new American flag.  You can barely see his sweet grin out from under the bottom of the flag.

We have talked about the meaning of the stars and stripes and this morning read a book about the year 1776 and how different the United States was.  I thought it was important for him to know some of history of today.

Hope you have a wonderful Independence Day!

Here are a few quotes about our country’s birthdate:

  • “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”  ~Elmer Davis
  • “Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • “Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.”  ~Louis D. Brandeis
  • “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”  ~Erma Bombeck

Photo-A-Day — Cold

Hello and hope you’ve had a great July 3rd.  Mine has been good and busy.  I am a bit late with my posting.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s photo-a-day is Cold.  I chose ice cream which I had to prepare and eat prior to uploading.

This amazing new ice cream is Key Lime Pie by Blue Bell.  It is so delicious!!

The ice cream has graham crackers inside and the cold lime taste.  It hits the spot on a hot summer day!

I like this new flavor but my favorite will always be chocolate mint.

What is your favorite ice cream treat in the summer?