It was a great summer day. The weather this week has been perfect. Perfect. After our never ending winter and very wet spring it’s like the heavens have fallen onto Minnesota. And we have been soaking up every minute. Because here in Minnesota we know that tomorrow is the 4th of July, and after that it’s all downhill, it’s like we can feel our summer already slipping away. It’s so short, but oh so sweet, our Minnesota summer.
My friend Tracey wrote a post about a month ago about her summers in California and at the end of her post she asked what we thought of when we think of summer. So these things….these are what I think of…
Lazy mornings. Cartoons and movies and reading them books before bed. Bike rides. Picking wild flowers. Trips to every park in town. The little farmer’s market and a trip to the library every Thursday afternoon. Fresh tomatoes with every meal. Sweet corn with every meal. Grilling every night.
Yearly trip to Mountain Lake with all the cousins. PowWow days. Carnivals and small town parades and lots of candy. Birthday parties. All the neighborhood kids playing until the sun goes down. Dirty feet and not remembering when they last had a bath.
The pool. Swimming and swimming and swimming some more. Goggles and noodles and inner-tubes. The smell of sunscreen on their skin and chlorine in their hair. Tan lines and natural blonde highlights. Playdates. Chasing Leo in the back yard barefoot. Cotton in the air like summer snow from the cottonwood trees.
Fairmont trips. The aquatic park. And the lake. Playing on the beach, sitting on the dock, boat rides. Skipping rocks with daddy, wet dog smell. The Channel Inn and the Channel burger, feeding the ducks. The Dairy Freeze.
Gorgeous sunsets. The screened in porch on hot humid nights, watching the fireflies at dusk and listening to the water on the beach as the last of the boats come in. Running with sparklers and watching fireworks create colorful reflections on the water. Mosquito bites.
Strawberry picking. Iced coffee. Freezies making their lips turn blue. Twins baseball at Target Field. Date nights and sitting outside every chance we get. Our anniversary. Road trips to the Dells, or “up north”, or maybe the Black Hills someday just like when we were kids.
The little farm stand down the road. The ice cream shop downtown. Air conditioning on those hot humid days. Feeling like you are walking into a sauna when taking a step outside. Running through sprinklers and setting up the blow up pool in the yard to cool off. Lemonade stands. Letting them stay up late. The Minnesota State Fair.
We have a very very busy July coming up filled with a lot of the things I mentioned above. Loving summer and hope you enjoying it too, wherever you are.