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Monday, June 4, 2012

Summer Memories


How is it June already? I don't really know where the year has gone. I feel like I say this every year but every year, I seem to find myself thinking the same thing - it's summer already?!?!

I think that I feel most like a parent when it comes to summertime. It's funny to think back on my memories of summer and to see the shift from enjoying carefree summer days to being responsible for planning those carefree summer days for my little people.

Summer is definitely on my mind and I wanted to share some of my favorite memories.

1. Summers = pool. Growing up, we had a pool in the backyard and I pretty much spent every day swimming in the pool with my brother and sister. That Wonder Woman bathing suit? I LOVED it. That bowl cut? Not so much. The funny thing is that every summer I would "forget" how to swim and my Dad would have to teach me all over again.

2. Snake. One time, I remember running up from the pool to find my Mom because my swimmies/arm floats needed some air. As I got to the deck, she was coming out of the sliding door with a bowl of watermelon. As she stepped on the door mat, a snake slithered out from underneath. I turned right around and ran back to the pool.

3. Watermelon. Summer was all about watermelon. It still is. I've been known to hoard watermelon. Now, I have to share since my oldest son also loves it too.

4. Summer in Montana. I spent a month during the summer after Junior year in high school building a playground on the Northern Cheyenne reservation. It was also the first time I went backpacking, spending three days in the Bighorn National Forest. I formed some amazing friendships that summer.


5. Day trip to the Grand Canyon. Sometime during my freshman year in college, I became obsessed with the idea of visiting the Grand Canyon. That summer, I took a rode trip with two of my friends. We drove straight through from the Bay Area. We spent the night, hiked the next morning and then drove home.


6. Summer in Paraguay. I spent a summer in college working on a public health project in rural Paraguay. I credit that summer for changing my mind about going to Med School. However, the hardest part was that I was vegetarian at the time and in Paraguay, beef is a staple. There was meat at every meal, culminating in a huge asado dinner every Sunday.


7. Summer before graduate school. Ed and I traveled in Europe for three weeks and visited his family in Poland where I was forced to drink more vodka than I thought was humanly possible, all starting at 10am.

8. Running through Europe.  That same summer, Ed and I were training for our first marathon - the Chicago Marathon. We ran our way through Warsaw, Krakow, Vienna, Venice, and Florence. It was an incredible way to see the different cities, early in the morning and away from all the tourists.


9. Cousins. I have a lot of cousins. Growing up, I spent a lot of time with them. I feel badly that my kids don't get to spend as much time with their cousins since most of them live in California. However, last summer, for my Mom's 70th birthday, we all went on a cruise together. While it was mass chaos for a week, the kids had such a great time hanging out together and playing. I can't wait to watch their relationships continue to grow as they do.

10. Summer with the boys. Since the boys were born, our summers have focused on spending quality time together as a family. We try to spend a week or two outside of NYC so that the boys have a chance to run around in the woods and breath fresh air.


Tell me, what do you associate summer with? What are some of your favorite summer memories? Do you hoard watermelon like I do?

{Linking up with Stasha and Monday Listicles}



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45 Comments:

At June 4, 2012 at 12:23 AM , OpenID runfundone said...

Hey, I just found your blog for the first time. It was perfect timing because I just finished a Wonder Woman costume for an upcoming mud run, so I was so happy to see you in your little Wonder Woman swim suit!

I'm from Minnesota, so for me summer was all about spending time at the lake!

 
At June 4, 2012 at 12:57 AM , Blogger Robbie K said...

I LOVE the Wonder Woman bathing suit! I have fond memories of playing Wonder Woman and bionic Woman with my friends. I am amazed (and a tad jealous) of the diverse, life changing adventures you had.

 
At June 4, 2012 at 2:28 AM , Blogger Alison@Mama Wants This said...

I had the same bowl haircut when I was a kid!!

Such wonderful memories you have there, may you create more this year!

 
At June 4, 2012 at 2:29 AM , Blogger @dkotucker said...

I'm pretty sure my mom used the same bowl for my haircuts when I was a kid. :)

Your experiences and travels all sound amazing. Good for you for being so adventurous!

 
At June 4, 2012 at 6:54 AM , Blogger Wayne W Smith said...

What an awesome Grand Canyon story! Thanks for sharing such great memories.

 
At June 4, 2012 at 8:59 AM , Blogger Running With Sass said...

I think of the beach when I think of summer. Growing up we always went to destin, FL for a few days to the same condo every year. Loved it!

 
At June 4, 2012 at 9:31 AM , Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

I HAD THAT SAME SWIMSUIT!!!! You have no idea how big my smile was when I saw that photo pop up!!! I had a pool too and I tell everyone that my parents didn't buy me too many summer outfits because I refused to put on anything but a swimsuit. I was a fish when summer time rolled around.
As for the rest of your summer memories, I loved getting to know you better this way! You have done so much and been to so many places. That is going to be an amazing thing to share with your boys!

 
At June 4, 2012 at 9:34 AM , OpenID Ilene, The Fierce Diva Guide to Life said...

I can relate to many things on your life - being a vegetarian in Thailand, when beef and fish are staples in every meal. Running in different countries! A summer I spent abroad in Israel and how it changed my life in many ways. And of course, summers with my children. I too, want them to have carefree summers that include lots of bonding time with family. Thanks for taking me back to so many great memories.

 
At June 4, 2012 at 10:11 AM , Anonymous d said...

Love all the traveling memories, and wonderful photos! I want a Wonder Woman swimsuit! :)

 
At June 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM , Blogger Jolene said...

Watermelon is a top memory for me too :-) I love your list! You've experienced some amazing things in your summers, and I loved reading about your trip to Paraguay and your childhood memories too. The idea of bobbing for apples came to mind last weekend as my niece was reaching into a huge ice bucket to get a water and was playing with it and then I remembered that game from childhood. So gross now, to think of putting your face into a bowl of water that others had their faces and spit in, but a fun memory nonetheless ;-) I love summer!!

 
At June 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM , Blogger Jackie said...

You don't know how big my smile was seeing that Wonder Woman swimsuit! My 4 yo is currently in a huge super hero phase, Wonder Woman being her favorite! You're going to hate me, but I despise watermelon! UGH. I cannot stand anything flavored watermelon.

 
At June 4, 2012 at 2:44 PM , Blogger Stasha said...

What a lovely list, a fun way to sigh see Europe and great adventures during college. Love the photo of you all outdoors!
I love watermelon too!

 
At June 4, 2012 at 4:25 PM , Blogger Jen said...

What wonderful memories!!! And, holy cow, I would LOVE to run in other countries while traveling...awesome :)
Summer=pools and watermelon for us too.

 
At June 4, 2012 at 6:49 PM , Anonymous Kierston said...

Love all the pictures!!! I went to Vegas last summer...it was amazing and HOT! :)

 
At June 4, 2012 at 7:03 PM , Blogger PavementRunner said...

Those pictures look awesome. I don't know what I associate summer with... the pool or swimming would probably be the first thing that comes to mind. I enjoy watermelon, but I really don't buy it that often. Great post, great photos.

 
At June 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM , Anonymous Shell said...

That suit is awesome!!!

 
At June 4, 2012 at 8:36 PM , Blogger Anna @mommy_padawan said...

Your photos and memories are incredible, I'm a huge fan! I'm wanting that Wonder Woman swim suit, I wonder if I can find it in adult sizes? Hhmm...I don't hoard watermelon but I have been known to battle the husband for the last piece - haha! Such an awesome list, what a life you've had!

 
At June 4, 2012 at 10:28 PM , Blogger ko0ty said...

I LOVEEEEE WATERMELON!! I can finish one by myself in a couple of days. I look forward to summer because my favorite fruits are in season: watermelon, lychee and cherries.

Beautiful photos by the way. You lived a great life!!

 
At June 4, 2012 at 10:33 PM , OpenID Missy said...

Some of my best memories truly have come from summer too. And I hope this year is among one of the most memorable!

 
At June 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM , Blogger Cotter Crunch said...

best memories are made in the summer. Yes,family vacation to colorado, road trips, watermelon! Love it all. and SUN!

 
At June 7, 2012 at 11:09 PM , Blogger Amber @ Backwards Life said...

Wonder Woman heck yeah!
I live by the beach so our summers were spent in the water and on boats. Lightning bugs are my summer stable...that and the scent of Honey Suckle. LOVE!

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:12 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Hi and thanks for visiting. I really loved that swim suit. I would love to see your Wonder Woman costume. What a great idea for a mud run!

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Robbie! I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunities to travel, etc. They were incredible experiences and I learned so much through them. I truly miss that swim suit!

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM , Blogger Christine said...

I think that the bowl cut was required for all Asian girls and boys growing up, no? Those blunt bangs!

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:16 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you!! Oh the bowl cut. I may have given my son a similar cut when he was little. You know, keep in the family :-)

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:16 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Wayne! The silly things that we do when we're in college. It was a fun trip and definitely a memorable one!

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM , Blogger Christine said...

The beach! How could I forget the beach! We used to go to Sanibel Island in Florida every year. So many fun memories from our trips there. Thanks for reminding me.

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:18 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Haha! I love how memories of the Wonder Woman swim suit is bringing all these people together. I'm really looking forward to this summer with the boys, especially now that they are getting older.

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:18 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you! I know, right? I think that they should make that swim suit for grown-ups!

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks for sharing your memories with me Ilene. They sound pretty incredible too. I want to create that summer magic for my kids and I hope that they will look back fondly on their summer memories.

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:21 AM , Blogger Christine said...

OMG bobbing for apples!!! Yes, thinking about it now, not so pleasant :-)
I ate, and still eat, so much watermelon over the summer. It's kind of embarrassing. I too love summer and can't wait for this summer which, I guess, is already here!

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM , Blogger Christine said...

That's so great! I wonder if they still make that swim suit for little girls.

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Stasha and thanks for letting me remember all these fun memories.

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Jen! Running while traveling was super fun and a great way to see and experience new places.

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Kierston! Vega is a world unto itself. And you're right - very HOT!

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM , Blogger Christine said...

I kind of still pine for it. I loved it.

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks! I know - I think that I have an extreme like for watermelon!

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Anna! It was fun thinking about my summer memories and it made me extremely grateful. I want that swim suit now too!! Maybe we can ask them to make one? ;-)

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Completely agree - I love all the summer fruits and I think that's one of my favorite parts. Everything is so delicious and sweet!

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Me too! I think that we're both going to have an incredible summer.

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Yes, sunshine all the time. Thinking about it now, probably not so smart but I loved the feeling of sun on my back and shoulders. And the family vacations! I think that I might have blocked some of those out :-)

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Love your memories! Honey suckle, beach and lightning bugs - awesome!

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM , Blogger agapewoman said...

Summer reminds me of how hot it gets here in the midwest and celebrating my birthday, I'll be 50 this year! Stopping by from SITS!

 
At June 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM , Anonymous toddlersummer said...

Great post! Summer makes me think of family reunions on Cape Cod. I get nostalgic for it every July 4th. This summer I'm thinking a lot about what my kids will remember from summer. They won't have beach memories (we're landlocked) but probably will remember the pool - and the watermelon I carry there for a snack each day.

 
At June 9, 2012 at 6:23 PM , Blogger Cynthia said...

Just found you from SITS and am so glad I did. My memories of summer...

1. the beach - always the beach
2. homemade ice cream
3. picnics
4. all summer barefoot
5. if not barefoot - flip flops
6. fresh cherries, peaches, strawberries, watermelon
7. road trips
8. reading in a hammock
9. cooking on the grill
10.hanging out with friends on warm summer evenings

 

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