It’s Finally Here…

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It’s finally here… SUMMER!!!!

It’s the time of year we all wait for.  School’s is finally out and the sun is shining.  The days are longer and we are all busy.   It’s my favorite time of the year.

Summertime is when our love for water seems to come out.  Kids love to play in the sprinklers or have water fights with buckets and balloons.  They don’t care if they have on a swim suit.  Let’s just get wet.  They pull out their paddle pools and get wet.  “Big Kids” (or what we know as teenagers) like to go to the pool to hang out.  They go and hang with their friends and like to lay out and get tan.  It’s a time to be with their friends.  And of course there is the lake where the boating happens.  Here in Utah, we have all sorts of fun water spots to choose from.  Whether it is house boating at Lake Powell, waterskiing at one of several great locations, or sailing at The Great Salt Lake, there is a place to boat for everyone.

Summer is the time for Drive-In movies.  The Drive-In Movie is depicted in many “old” movies.  My favorite is Grease.  My parents went on dates to the drive-in.  It was the place to hang.   If your town is lucky enough to still have a drive-in, then you must take advantage of it just once.  When I was a kid, my parents would put us in our pj’s and we would get in the car and go to the drive-in.  We would park in a spot and put the speaker on the window.  We would get our blankets and pillow ready in our spot.  Then we would walk over with my dad and get popcorn and drinks at the snack bar.  We always stopped on the way at the candy store for candy too!  I always had Dots!!!  Still do and still love the black ones!!!  Then we would play on the playground until the movie started.  A lot has changed since then but there is still a few things that are the same.  You still have to park and get your spot ready.  And there is still a snack bar.  We still stop to get Dots at the store but now it is Dollar Tree.  There are no longer speakers on the window.  We use our radios now.  We still get our spot ready but now everyone also brings chairs and loungers and sit outside their cars and watch the movie in groups.  But the actual experience of watching the movie is still the same.  The screen is still a giant screen outside and you still have to drive in to see it.  If you have not taken your kids to the drive-in, do it at least once before you don’t have the chance to do this retro summer activity.

Summer is also the time for Barbeques and picnics.  Getting the grill out and getting together with friends and family to grill hot dogs and hamburgers is a must!  We have BBQ grilling cook offs with our friends.  We each take a turn to have it at our house and we pick a theme.  We have had cook offs with chicken, ribs, steak and burgers.  The men really get into developing their “secret” stuff whether it be a spice or a sauce or a whole recipe.  They take it serious.  We have special judges to decide which is the best.  It is quite an contest and always fun!

And we can’s forget the Boys of Summer!  That’s right, America’s favorite pastime!!!  BASEBALL!!!  Going to games is a must if you have a team in your city.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a MLB team or a minor league team or even if its Little League.  Just go!  Baseball is exciting to watch and fun to follow all summer.  Just pick a team and get involved.  I am a Los Angeles Angels fan.  I am watching as my team plays.  Whether it is Trumbo, Trout, Weaver or whoever is hitting it out of the park or pitching a great game, I am following.  It is also fun to have a little rivalry going if you have someone else who follows another team.  My daughter is a New York Yankees fan and her boyfriend is a Boston Red Sox fan.  They like to tell each other who’s team is better.  So far they are still together.  It is fun to watch on television but if you have a ball park near you, go see a game.  Put it on your list for summer.

And summer wouldn’t be the same with out Fireworks!!!  They seem to be at all the celebrations all summer long.  Of course the biggie is The 4th of July celebrations around the country but that is not all.  All the local cities and towns have their own celebrations during the summer! We attend Draper Days, Taylorsville Days and other city events every summer and they all end the last night with fireworks.  Utah’s state holiday “Pioneer Day” in in the summer on July 24th.  There is always events and fireworks to go with it.  And they go along with other events like summer sporting events like baseball games and soccer games to name a few.

I know there are other things about summer I may have not mentioned like sleeping out in the backyard or sleeping in late.  I could go on forever about all the fun things you can do.  But just do it and take lots of pictures of the events.  Make it a habit to try new thing every summer or make a list to do all your favorites at least once.  Wear your Red, White and Blue!!! And have FUN!!!  That is the most important part of summer!!!

Sweet Sixteen

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Happy Sweet 16th Birthday Abby!

My sweet baby is all grown up! She is sixteen today!

Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday she was my new little baby girl? Born a week before Easter with a full head of dark curly hair. She won us over immediately and has been winning us over ever since.

She was so excited to turn 16 and not because she was getting her driver’s license. Because of her busy dance schedule, she will not be getting her license for a couple of months. She was excited to just be 16! It was like she was a little girl again. She has been dancing around the house for two days and telling everyone she was turning 16! She has been all smiles and laughter for days with anticipation of today!

Yesterday, she celebrated with her dance friends. They decorated cupcakes and played music and laughed and ate pizza? She just had fun, just like when she was little.

Today, she woke up and immediately wanted to open presents! We made a her cake together and decorated too! We had the whole family over for spaghetti dinner and cake. Pasta is one of her favorite things.

And now she is with her boyfriend on a walk! So I guess she is not a little girl after all. She is all grown up and 16. Sweet Sixteen!