In case you missed it, it’s officially summertime!… even though it’s felt like summer here in Texas for the past month. So far, this has been my favorite summer in years, mostly because I get to spend it with Isaac. He makes everything more fun! I’ve also enjoyed hanging out with friends, going to the pool and, most recently, moving to a new apartment (which I’ll write about in a post soon!). I have kept very busy, between summer school, working on the blog and painting for my Etsy shop (check out my giveaway here!), and I hope to continue finding things to do. I love feeling productive and getting things done!
But, something I really want to focus on this summer is spending time away from work. I want to have fun, grow friendships and make memories. Working and being productive is great, but memories will last forever and they are worth so much more! So I decided to come up with 10 things to do this summer, which include stepping away from technology, spending time with friends and family and are all pretty affordable options. I plan on doing most, if not all, of these things, and I can’t wait to share the adventures we go on with y’all.
1. Go to the beach
I can’t wait for our quick trip to Florida for our anniversary! We are leaving in a little less than a month, and I’m pumped. We’re using AirBnB, which cut our costs tremendously. So see? A trip to the beach doesn’t have to be pricey!
2. Visit somewhere new
This could be a town you’ve wanted to visit, a restaurant down the street or even a new state or country. We are looking forward to our mission trip to Romania and seeing a completely new continent, country and culture.
3. Buy some produce at your local farmer’s market
One of my favorite places to go during the spring, summer and fall months is the farmer’s market. They are just about everywhere, and it’s so easy to find local produce that fits within your budget. I love being able to shopping locally and enjoying fresh, farm grown produce. There’s just nothing quite like it!
4. Have a movie night with friends
I love movie nights, and hanging out with friends makes it even better. It would be so much fun to pick a movie that no one has watched before, pop a ton of popcorn and make a popcorn bar, get cozy and enjoy the movie. Those kinds of nights are the best!
5. Cannon ball competition at the pool
I don’t know if this is just the kid in me coming out, but it would be so fun to play around like we’re little again. I think it would be funny to make score cards and judge each other. I can just see us now, making fools of ourselves and having a blast.
6. Go bowling
Bowling is so much fun, and my family goes a little crazy when we bowl together. We laugh a lot, act silly and get a little crazy, but I love it. We haven’t gone bowling in a while, and I think it would be the perfect thing to do this summer with friends or family.
7. Have a picnic at the lake
Because who doesn’t like picnics at the lake? ‘Nuff said.
8. Catch fireflies
This is so nostalgic for me! I remember catching fireflies in mason jars when I was little and it was one of the things I looked forward to the most about summer. Matt and Brittany told us about a park nearby that had a ton of fireflies, and I plan on going out there soon to see them for ourselves!
9. Go on an evening walk
There is a park near our apartment that Isaac and I love running in, and I think we should go on a walk there one evening after dinner. We’ll slather on some OFF, grab a leash for Lillie and strap on our shoes to get some exercise and enjoy the summer sunset.
10. Make homemade ice cream
When I think “summer” one of the first things that comes to mind is homemade ice cream. Every summer I would beg my mom to make some. My favorite was peach ice cream, because it reminded me of the ice cream we used to get at a peach stand in Stonewall, TX. I plan on having some friends over for dinner one of these nights, and make some ice cream for dessert… I can’t wait!
Now I want to know… What would you add to this list?