Wednesday, September 6, 2017

What our family didn't do this summer

This summer, we didn't take our children on any particularly adventurous trips—not to Wyoming, The Rockies, Europe or Iceland, where everyone seems to be going. We went to the local zoo eleventy billion times. Because: annual pass.

We didn't grill up salmon/kale/root vegetable kebabs, peaches or anything remotely Instagram-able.

I didn't dress my children in crisp whites and do a beach photo shoot. Half the time, they were walking around with chocolate ice-cream stains on their clothes.

We didn't make any fruit pies from scratch, with berries picked from an organic farm.

We didn't go to anyone's beach house...

...or on anyone's sailboat. Womp womp.

We didn't make gourmet ice pops.

We didn't take an impromptu road trip to some quaint little town.

We didn't have a picnic with a gingham tablecloth, fancy food and real cutlery.

We still haven't seen Hamilton. We haven't even tried.

We didn't deck out our outdoor wicker furniture with colorful new pillows.

We didn't leisurely browse green markets, although once Ben downed two bowlfuls of watermelon from an all-you-can-eat buffet.

We didn't dip Popsicles in Prosecco and have friends over to enjoy them at dusk with lit tiki lights.

We didn't have a single drink with an umbrella in it, come to think of it. Or slurp anything out of a coconut.

We didn't go glamping.

But we did...

...chill on the front porch and back deck, take long walks around our neighborhood, gorge on hot dogs and burgers and corn in the husk, swim in our town pool, run through sprinklers, visit a water park, hit a couple of county fairs, buy lemonade from kids' stands, see Cars 3 (twice), make s'mores, stroll on a boardwalk, ride bumper cars, hike to a waterfall, forget about following any schedule and enjoy all sorts of nontrendy, simple pleasures of summer. And that was plenty good for us.

FYI, spending quality time on your front porch or stoop is now called "porching." Stopppppp.


  1. Love. Especially the 'cause... annual pass' and nothing instagramable, and porching. Thank you for sharing!!

  2. Sounds like an excellent summer!!

  3. Too bad we can't all be more like Max... do the things that we enjoy and not the things we feel we should be doing. And porching?!!! Really? Well, I guess I spent most of my summer decking. And I wouldn't change that for any popsicles in prosecco!

  4. This sounds like the best summer ever in my book! I love seeing how you celebrate your family and how real you are!


  5. I've never done anything too interesting or extravagant with my summers but I will always remember the simple fun we had, just spending time together.


Thanks for sharing!

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