Summer Is… by Just A Girl

By Kate Riley June 21, 2012

Today my blog buddy Chris from Just A Girl is my teammate today in the Paint & Stain class we’re teaching at Haven, and so I invited her to share a few of her favorite things about summer too. 

just a girl

“Hello, everyone! I’m Chris from Just a Girl, and Kate couldn’t have chosen a better topic to guest post on. Who doesn’t love summer? My only problem, of course, is narrowing it down to a handful of favorites when it comes to summertime! Where do I begin?

Sleeping in. The rest of these are in no particular order, but this one?  It’s first. Throughout the school year, I get up around 6:00, so the opportunity to sleep in until it’s actually light out is life-changing for me!

sleeping in


The beach.  No matter what time of day (and believe me, we’ve been there during all of them) or what time of year, this place is always beautiful. It’s the one time when we can guarantee no cell phones, no arguments, and no whining. The whole family loves it, and we’re thankful it’s part of our summer schedule.

beach sunset


The ol’ red, white, and blue.  I don’t know what it is about summer that heightens my appreciation for America and its flag, but I find myself more aware of its beauty during the summer months. It’s not uncommon for me to ask my husband to pull off the road so I can snap “just one more picture” of another flag.

american flag


Lawnmowers.  No joke. Our harsh winter months can put us into hibernation mode, and I love the summer sound of people mowing their yards. It encourages me to be outside more, and it certainly facilitates neighborly conversation.

cut lawn


Food on a stick. I’m not really sure how else to describe my favorite flavors of summer. Marshmallows, hotdogs, waffles…for some reason, they taste better when placed on a stick and torched in a backyard fire. Can I get an Amen?

marshmallows on stick


And last but not least? TIME. My husband and I make a conscious decision not to stack our kids’ schedules with sports, camps, tournaments, etc. We want  them to be home. We want them to ride their bikes in the neighborhood and chase frogs in the backyard. Time is what summer’s all about, isn’t it?

kids on beach

A special thanks to Kate for letting me share some summer highlights with her readers! I hope you all have a wonderful summer and are able to enjoy all of your favorites of the season.”

Thank you Chris!  I love seeing summer through others eyes, don’t you?  Everyone has their unique favorites, but it seems we all share the need to slow down, relax and spend time with family, wouldn’t you agree?




  1. I love this series. Everyone is pointing out great things about summer. Our neighborhood seems to come alive at this time of year and we love it. People seem to be friendlier also. Neighbors stop by just to talk for a few minutes when they see you out gardening or washing your car even. Happy summer everyone!!! :)

  2. I love summer…I am a teacher, too, and the feel of not having to get up and be rushed to get ready and get the kids ready is heaven. I love seeing my kids’ red, sweaty faces after having fun outside. I love getting my hands dirty in the yard, watching blooms get bigger, and strolling around my house with a cup of coffee thinking about which to do next–put dishes away or watch old episodes of 90210? I don’t live near water, but swear someday I will…it is on the list. Happy Summer!

  3. Oh, I love your list!! How beautifully written :)
    I remember how excited my Mom was on our last day of school, she was so happy to have us all (we’re 3) at home. The very first thing she did with us right after school: eat ice-cream and walk around downtown window-shopping. Good times!!


  4. I completely agree with all the “summer loves”. For me, summer is the time I yearn to be able to get away. I dream of beaches, cottages, trailers. Heck, I’d be happy with a simple screened in porch to laze away some evening hours. Most of all I crave – yes crave water of any kind. An ocean would be asking a lot. I’d be just as happy with a lake, river or even a stream. Just to hear it, watch the sun play off the water and listen to the birds – maybe a seagull or two would be absolute heaven for me. Summer means longing, wishing and dreaming for me. It’s wonderful to read about people who have this available to them and really do appreciate all it has to offer.

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