10 Favorite Summer Memories.

I’m linking up with Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop today. I always love her weekly writing prompts – they often remind me of the things I’ve been meaning to write about or give me new ideas I hadn’t thought of.

Here are her prompts for this week:

1. 10 Lessons your child could teach you for a change.
2. Did you garden this summer? Share the fruits of your labor.
3. Write a blog post inspired by the word: fall.
4. Book review!
5. If you had to be a school teacher, what age and/or subject would you choose to teach and why?
6. Highlight 10 favorite summer moments so far.

With the kids back in school it sort of feels like summer is already over. But the calendar seems to think this isn’t true. We’re making summer memories right now while I type this post and my kids do their homework. But here are some slightly more Typical Summer Memories we’ve made and photographed this year:


ONE | BB and I went to my hometown’s Fourth of July parade and it was everything I remembered from my childhood. Ah yes, the quaint memories of the volunteer fire department dressing up in terrible drag to throw tootsie rolls at children. How I look back on these memories fondly. I mean, there were tootsie rolls. What more does a child need in life? The pic above was one of my favorite floats this year. Most of the floats are pretty boring TBH – a lot are just political ads because, ugh, grown ups. But there was this whole Toy Story themed assortment including guys dressed up like Toy Soldiers who would freeze if you yelled “Andy’s coming!” #nostalgia


TWO | Summer reading! We spent a ton of time reading this summer – plowing through the library’s summer reading program as well as the summer reading challenge I made for the kids.

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THREE | Hiding inside with MM playing Go Fish during the big company picnic. Somehow this picnic is always on the hottest day of the summer – this year they even scheduled it in June and it was still a million and eleven degrees outside. All the root beer floats in the world couldn’t keep me outside – and luckily my twelve year old was in full agreement. They had a room filled with board games and card games and old arcade games for just this situation – it’s like they know that a company full of geeks probably includes people averse to outdoor activities.


FOUR | We did do some outdoor stuff though – the kids took a month of swim lessons and I sat in the shade listening to podcasts and playing on my phone. On Fridays we got ice cream and the kids got to go on water slides. Dorky photo sessions may have happened.


FIVE | Reading comics together at the coffee shop. I’ve been wasting the days away at coffee shops since my kids were toddlers. Back then I chose my coffee shops based on the kids play area – our town has some great choices for moms! But these days I want to know if they’ll have any newspapers kicking around so my kids can read the comics – and the play area is pretty much unimportant. Who are these giant beasts formerly known as little kids?


SIX | That time my daughter was the flower girl at a friend’s wedding. I’m pretty sure BB was born for this gig – dressing up in a glamorous dress and dancing down an aisle while tossing flower petals in the air? Sometimes she’s doing that anyway and there’s no wedding. I’m only half joking. Seriously, it was a beautiful wedding and we had such a good time sharing their big day with them.


SEVEN | Is summer complete without road trips? Not in our family. We drove halfway across the country to spend a week with our family. There was swimming and ice cream and sea food and the previously mentioned parade. Lots of hot dogs and family get-togethers and playing cards with lifelong friends that I never get to see. Everyone was older and it was fantastic and bitter sweet and there were a lot of miles logged in the car. We listened to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on audible and ate ginger snaps and complained about the traffic. So, you know, good times.


EIGHT | At the tail end of our summer vacation we finally went camping. I think this was the least camping we’ve ever done in a summer but we made up for it by roasting all of the marshmallows, cooking pigs in a blanket over an open fire, going on the nerdiest nature hike ever and we may have gone into town a few times to visit some local wineries because Door County.


TEN | Another great camping memory – we found a cute set of those old fashioned peg games like you see at Cracker Barrel. Some of them were pretty scraping the barrel in quality – but a lot of them were really fun. The kids and I enjoyed playing Finish Line which is definitely more of a game of chance than skill.

What have been some of your favorite memories this summer?

9 responses to “10 Favorite Summer Memories.”

  1. Jess (Randomly Jess) Avatar

    What great memories! 🙂


  2. Abby Avatar

    Great summer memories! Makes mine feel like a summer fail… but good for you!
    I love small town parades. That float, how awesome.


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      I doubt it was a fail!


  3. madamdreamweaver Avatar

    Wow, so much fun you had! Love the list!


  4. Kim Avatar

    Hi! Nice to meet you! I’m just hopping over from Mama Kat’s. I also blogged about my ten favorite summer moments, live in a place where it’s a million degrees right now (and not much cooler except for the four months of the year where it’s mostly too cold for me.), and am a Project Runway fan. What do you think about them returning to Bravo? I cut the cord last year, so I am panicking a little. But I will buy it on Amazon if I have to.


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      I cut the cord also, so I’ll have to buy the season on Amazon. That’s what I did last year. Hope it cools down a little bit for you!


  5. Kat Avatar

    Love the moments you captured! We had some similar experiences with our kids, but man I need to teach them to play games!


  6. John Holton Avatar

    My godmother and my grandfather owned places in Door County for years and it was a favorite vacation destination for the rest of the family. But then I think we’ve already talked about that.

    I think most newspapers are downsizing, if not totally eliminating, the comic pages from the daily paper, and the Sunday comics are now a shadow of their former selves. The big syndicates (King, United Features, Tribune etc.) are putting all the cartoons online. Somehow it’s just not the same: part of the fun of reading the comics was reading the ones you usually didn’t, simply because they happened to be on the same page. Do you ever read The Comics Curmudgeon (http://joshreads.com)? He takes the comics on every day and makes cruel sport of them. He’s done it for years; he says it was his way of keeping up with the serial comics (Mary Worth, Apartment 3-G, Rex Morgan MD etc).


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      Oh I haven’t heard of the Comic Curmudgeon, I’ll have to check it out. The comics page definitely isn’t what it used to be, and you know, newspapers in general. ☹️