It’s amazing how much different this year feels from last year. I think the weather changed so dramatically this year that we basically jumped into summer with both feet! Winter practically started in October of last year and seemed to last a million years, so I am perfectly ok with the dramatic change.
To keep up with tradition I am sharing our summer bucket list. Some of these things might look familiar as they were on the last year’s list as well, but I look forward to it each year. :)
Also, I still want to point out that some of these things are geared toward kids as well. I put this little “FYI” out there in case you’re wondering why a grown adult would want to do some of these things, haha.
So let’s jump in here!
Food & Drink
Make homemade lemonade
Make cherry pie bars (this has been on my Pinterest page for far too long without having tried it!)
Make peach cobbler
Make sun tea
Buy a treat from the ice cream truck
Have a BBQ (we’re hopefully buying a grill this year!)
Make a cheesecake
Out & About
Feed the ducks
Check out books at the library
Go to a farmers market
Visit a new park
Try a new restaurant
Go on a nature walk
Go to a splash pad (they were all closed last year, so hopefully we are good to go this year!)
Fun in the Sun
Have a water balloon fight
Go on a picnic
Play outdoor field hockey
Make a rock garden
Decorate the back deck
Go on a treasure hunt
Rain or Shine
Go puddle jumping
Pajama movie night
Hand-write a letter and mail it
Play a new board game
Make a summer scrapbook
30 day photo challenge (this is a stretch, but we’ll see!)
Make a sensory bin (Gryffin is getting a little old for this, but I think he’ll still have fun with it!)
For those who want to make your own, you can also download a blank copy!
I thoroughly enjoyed the long weekend so I decided it wouldn’t kill me if I posted this a little late.
This past month has been a huge improvement from last month! The situation that occurred has now been fully resolved and I’m feeling much better about things. In addition to that, the weather has been amazing! Gardening is in full swing (my poor front yard needs quite a bit of work done) but I’m so happy to finally be getting outdoors more!
We spent this past Memorial Day weekend shopping, getting our house clean, laundry, spending quality time with friends, and soaking in sunshine. It was a perfect weekend!
Here’s what else we’ve been up to…
WandaVision on Disney+!
Just finished! Now we’re on the search for the next show.
I can’t remember where I found this book, but it’s been on my to-read list for quite a while! I haven’t gotten very far, but it’s a pretty short book. It’s another one that has given me some food for thought, so I’m looking forward to getting into this one more.
These make for a great snack! It’s yummy and sweet and I appreciate this recipe includes flax seed as well.
All things summer!
Seriously, nothing can beat the smell of freshly cut grass, the smell of summer rain, and cold treats on a hot day. Even reading during the summer somehow feels extra relaxing. I’m loving it and soaking it all in!
I hope you all are doing well! I realize I’ve been slacking on posts this year, but keeping up with life is still quite a challenge sometimes. Thanks for bearing with me through it all!
Much love to you all,
Just as a heads up, I’m not sure if this post will be of interest to anyone else, but I just want to document as a reminder that God hears, listens, and speaks.
As I briefly mentioned in my last post, April was a really difficult month. I had been struggling a lot from a situation that had left me blindsided and hurt (I realize I’m being cryptic about what actually happened, but it’s sensitive). Thankfully between time, prayer, and a fresh perspective, I’ve finally been able to move forward.
One morning I had gotten up expecting to have another really hard day. As I walked out the door of my bedroom, the following verse sounded in my head loud and clear…
“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it”.
As I slowly walked up the stairs I prayed “You’re right Lord, you did make this day and I will rejoice and be glad in it, regardless of how I feel.” I certainly didn’t want to be glad, but none the less, He did make this day and I could be thankful for life itself, regardless of my circumstances. I took a shower and repeated the verse a couple more times, willing myself to have a better attitude about the day ahead.
As I continued getting ready for work I listened to the devotional on the YouVersion app. It was only about 2 minutes long but what was said was exactly everything I needed to hear. It was on Mathew 20:28:
“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as ransom for many”
It’s been a couple weeks since I listened to the devotional, but the point has stayed with me – it’s all about humility. In the big picture, our occupation, job status, title, etc. doesn’t matter. We are called to love others and to serve.
It was a lightbulb moment, a clear calling, and a good reminder of our purpose and the importance of humility.
Thankfully the past month is over, time has healed some of the hurt, and things have worked itself out, and through it all, God was right there.
To all that are struggling, know you are loved and not alone.
Not going to lie, April has been a rough, rough month. There’s just no sugar coating this one. There were some things that metaphorically blindsided me and I’ve been dealing with emotional whiplash from it all month long. I am beyond happy to say goodbye to this month and move on to the next since the issues have (mostly) been dealt with and I am ready to move on.
Aside from that drama, here’s what we’ve been up to…
WandaVision on Disney+!
We still haven’t finished The Mandalorian – at this point we might just wait until the next season is out haha.
I’ve been dying to read a book that I just can’t put down. I was not really expecting this book to be that kind of book but I. Was. Wrong! I’ve been staying up past my bedtime because I don’t want to stop. I’m almost a week in of reading this and about half way done. That might not seem like much, but considering it usually takes me about a month to finish a novel, it’s pretty impressive. At this rate I’ll be done by the end of the weekend.
Now that the weather is getting warmer, we’re beginning to move away from cozy soups and stews and incorporating more light and fresh meals. This recipe was delicious. We used pita bread and it was perfect! I was out of a few key ingredients when I made this, but still turned out pretty good. I will definitely be making this again. It would be a great picnic option!
This month’s favorite has been all about the little things in life.
Slowing down, enjoying the smell of coffee in the morning, getting rest, reading, bubble baths, etc. When life is hard you have to look for the beauty and blessings that God has given us. It’s so hard to see when you have dense fog and the dark clouds of life in your way, but it makes such a different when you stop to take a moment to be grateful for the things that bring us joy.
Excuse me, but didn’t we just turn the calendar to February?? Clearly I have some catching up to do. Obviously from what you can see in my past couple blog posts, I spent a lot of time in January working and planning on my goals for the year. I do plan on doing a quarterly update, so that will be coming up later this month.
February was a little challenging for me. I finally finished a huge organization project at home that took absolutely forever, but it felt so good when it was done! Work has also a bit crazy as I’m learning a new position, so that’s been exciting but also a bit mentally exhausting as I’ve been trying to juggle my current responsibilities as well as learn a new role…which has also contributed to my lack of posting since I tend to write the most on my lunch breaks.
In February Mikey and I also celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. 13…I still can’t get over that much time has passed!
I took a day off from work to celebrate and we grabbed takeout, played a video game (I’m not a gamer, but I’ll try a game here and there), and watched our show. It’s rare these days when it’s just the two of us and it was so nice!
SO, now that it’s March….here’s what else we’ve been up to…
Mikey and I are almost finished with The Mandalorian. We only have 1 episodes left! We haven’t wanted it to end so we keep dragging it out. We don’t know what we’re going to watch next, so let me know what’s good!
Family movie nights have consisted of…
Abominable (different abominable snowman movie than we were thought it was, but it was cute!)
Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs
Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs 2
Soul (I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was! )
Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson (I rented the audiobook through our library)
I actually just finished this! I discovered Sally on Instagram and was really drawn to her. There are quite a few books of hers that I want to read, but this book seemed really appropriate to start with for the beginning of the year since she talks about priorities and living with intention. She has given a lot of food for thought. She really gets into the heart of “issues” and I’m really thankful for it. While I have felt convicted in certain areas, I have felt equally encouraged and inspired. I might just have to buy this book since there were so many times I wish I could highlight sections.
I honestly would have never picked this book up except my sister had made a comment about this book and I thought she said she read it. Long story short, she hadn’t, but I’m so glad I picked this book up. I thought it might be full of language, but it’s actually not and I can’t believe how helpful it’s been. My mind has been stuck in a rut for a while now and this book has been super helpful in getting myself un-stuck.
This was a new meal idea I tried and have put into the meal rotation. We often have tacos and I like the spin. Mine did not turn out quite as pretty, but when you top it with mounds of cheese and sour cream, you can’t really tell. It tasted good and that’s all we really care about. :)
This is a really odd favorite, but I discovered the “Downtime” feature on my iPhone.
This feature allows you to choose days and/or time to close down apps to limit your screen time. It’s nice because you can pick and choose which apps can stay open and which will be off limits – you can also ignore the limit if you choose.
I get a notification each weekend on how much screen time I’ve had over the last week. It’s honestly shocking to me how much time I waste on my phone. I noticed a lot of my usage is right before bed. I can easily spend an hour mindlessly scrolling through my social media accounts. I really wanted to break this habit because that hour can easily be spent doing something better with my time, like reading.
This feature can be found on your iPhone by going to your settings –> Screen Time –> Downtime. I’m a fan.