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This summer has been one of (if not THE) best of my life. The weather has been amazing and the kids have been at the best age to get out and explore what is out there without worrying about naps or detouring off of our routines a bit. Here is what has made this summer extra special:
1) Driving down a sun dappled street after a day at the beach, encrusted with sand and damp from a last dip in the lake, while the music blasts and the wind tangles your hair.
2) Seafood platters that you share with your mom because it is THAT BIG. New England clams, cod, shrimp and scallops are the best.
3) The smell of sunscreen on your skin, coconut-y and Coppertone and sun warmed skin. Best. Scent. Ever.
4) The taste of a fresh s’more, with a fire burnt marshmallow hot from the campfire all gooey and YUM.
5) The sound of a loon at daybreak in Maine, both mournful and uplifting at the same time.
6) Cruising in a boat at dusk on vacation in Maine, surrounded by trees and water and sky and a slowly sinking sun.
7) The joy of jumping off a boat in the middle of a lake.
8) The joy of swimming out to a floating dock and jumping off that while holding hands with your kids and husband.
9) How the lake smells on a hot summer day, like vacation and bliss and relaxation.
10) Riding an old wooden roller coaster and screaming at the tip of your lungs when you go over the first drop.
11) The Kenny Chesney Pandora station. On repeat.
12) The smell of salt and seaweed and ocean water, for the first time in two years. This is the smell of your childhood,
13) Wading through waist deep water with your niece and sister in law and finding your first Quahog ever.
14) Clamming at the beach you literally grew up on with your children, and then steaming and eating them that night. Fresh seafood is the BEST.
15) Lobsters by firelight, at an old picnic table under the trees and the stars.
16) A baseball game at dusk on a beautiful summer’s night, with a cold beer in hand and ice cream dripping of your child’s chin and hand.
17) Floating lazily down a river in a tube.
18) Juggling babies and kids on a small getaway with your best college girls and finding that everything is the same, yet very different.
19) Finding that when close friends get together you become a tribe of sister wives, where their children are your children and you all take turns putting out the proverbial fire and getting stuff done.
20) Getting a taste for what it would be like when/if you ever move back home, and could be surrounded by friends and family again.
21) The taste of an ice cold Summer Shandy on a hot summer night.
22) Eating al fresco with your little family of four on a gorgeous summer evening, and feeling like all is right with the world.
23) Getting to hold your nieces and nephew again after a year, and loving every minute of it.
24) Spending quality time with my sister’s in law, who make my life happy and keep me sane when I need it. Also, more wine, please!
25) Driving through Boston at night, and remembering all the awesome times you had there as a kid, and telling your kids all about them. Bunker Hill!
26) Getting a phone call from your husband that you won front row seat to an outdoor concert, securing a babysitter, and having one of the best nights of your life.
27) Spending your birthday with the ones you love the most, doing nothing really special at all, yet feeling so darn lucky to just spend the day with them.
28) More beach days that you could possibly count, with tan lined children with white little bums, and enough sunblock consumption to last an eternity.
29) The view from a dock at sunrise, with a steaming cup of coffee in hand and your dad’s oversized jacket on to keep away the chill.
30) A couple of date nights with your love, where you walk hand in hand into a restaurant, and enjoy some of the best meals of your life. And remembering that you DO still really like each other;)
31) Looking at the above pictures and realizing how blessed you are to experience all the things you did, surrounded by the people you love. Life is GOOD!
Tell me, what will you miss most about this summer?