Summertime Memories

Summertime Memories

Welcome back! I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Summer Memories with you today and I am so excited to walk down memory lane! 

Let’s start with – It’s July! Which means that we are officially halfway through 2019! Is that crazy to think about or what?! Seriously, a full six months of this year is now behind us. Before you know it, we will be getting ready to celebrate Christmas! Oh gosh! Let’s just jump into this summertime post for now, shall we?

Today, I want to talk a little bit about July 4th since it’s TOMORROW!

When I was growing up, every holiday was a special time. It meant that my whole family would get together, we would always have amazing food and more often than not there would be some friendly competition via a board game or an outdoor activity. These were some of the best times of my life and I can’t wait to share these memories both with you here, and with my baby as he gets older.

Summer always brought with it fun family times.

We would all come together a few specific times throughout the summer. Both of my paternal grandparents birthdays, my sister’s birthday, father’s day, memorial day, and of course July 4th. We took any opportunity we could get to spend time together and have fun. Looking back, just BEING together is what really made these activities fun. Spending time with those you love is so important.

We have a large outside area at the house I grew up in and I vaguely remember one 4th of July (I believe) when I was little – probably under 10 – my sister and I went out there with my parents as the sun was just going down and I remember my daddy would light up the “smaller scale” fireworks. You know, those big packs you can buy at a stand outside of Wal-Mart. I’m pretty sure it was one of those. I don’t remember too much about this, but I do remember the excitement and the feeling, the feeling of family.

Fast forward a few years to the more recent memories of our 4th of July celebrations.

For the past several years, my Aunt has rented (or now owns) a lake house so we often get together there. My grandpa would always make some homemade ice-cream for everyone and I swear to you, it always tasted EXACTLY like Chick-Fil-A ice-cream. It was SO good. These days, if we have the ice-cream, my daddy makes it and it turns out just as delicious! And don’t even get me started on the other food! Hot dogs (100% beef), hamburgers, mac and cheese, potato salad, deviled eggs, oh my days the list goes on and on. And if my other grandma is in town, we will usually have a homemade Mexican food meal during the summer and let me tell you, there is no Mexican food better than homemade Mexican food. Period!

And, of course, it isn’t a summer get-together if someone doesn’t bring the cold watermelon!!

We love having games of some sort during these family get togethers. The friendly competition is always a blast! I remember us playing Yahtzee so many times! We also have a love to play Apples to Apples, Rummikub, Jenga, Sorry!, Monopoly, and so many more! We are definitely a board-game-fun kind of family and it is the best! I remember so many laughs around the table while playing these games. It makes my heart feel all warm and fuzzy LOL.


Of course, you can’t have a fun family summer get together without going swimming in the lake or taking my daddy’s boat out onto the water. Summertime in general is just full of fun outdoor activities and, in my mind, it shouldn’t be any other way. I remember things like playing Badminton outside, tossing a soft ball around, kicking a soccer ball back and forth, riding in golf carts everywhere, playing in sprinklers (when I was smaller), just all kinds of fun outdoor things. These are the things, in my mind, that summer should consist of as kids grow up. FUN.

Memories are things that no one can take from you. And they are things that you should not be so quick to let go of. Live your best life today so that down the road, you can look back and say, “Yeah, I did that. And it was awesome!” I’ve shared some of my favorite summertime memories with you in this post and I’d love to know –

What are some of your favorite summertime memories?

Let me know!

Lots of Love,

~ Ray

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