Summer is here and I am so excited! The winters are downright brutal in my neck of the woods and the calendar is always jam packed from September to June. When school ends and I finally get to rip those chilly pages out of my planner, I embrace summertime with a vengeance.
Now, I know that for some people, summer means escaping to fabulous vacation destinations.
But not me.
Hotels and highways have never been my thing.
My house and my hometown are my favorite places and even though a few days away can be a welcome change, I find that my most enjoyable summer memories are made right here.
Doing things I love.
In the place I love.
Then every day is a vacation and there's no passport required.
Here are my top ten favorite summer activities for homebodies.
I don't know what it is about summer, but it's always more fun to dig into a good book more when it's hot outside...toes in the sand at the local beach...floating in the pool...swinging in a hammock. Juicy romances or brutal non-fiction tales (my favorite).
There's room for all...even cheesy memoirs.
2. Enjoy Time With The Family
We have worked hard to make our home a haven. During the school year, we don't have the time to kick back and soak in all the beauty we have created or the natural views we are surrounded by. The unscheduled weeks of summer are the perfect time to take it all in.
We don't make a hard and fast list of what we want to do, we each compile a wish list and use it as a guide. When the mood strikes us, we chose an adventure.
If not, a backyard UNO marathon is a great way to spend the day.
I am not the best gardener, but wandering around my yard, bare toes on the warm ground, watering the flowers and grabbing a few blooms for my kitchen is something I could do for hours.
And I do.
4. Decorate The Outdoors
Why stay inside when the weather is calling you out? There are so many ways to make porches and patios pretty and I revel in the task! I'm not sure what I enjoy more, relaxing in a cozy space or creating it.
Probably the DIY even when my husband is calling me to sit.
It's a problem!
5. Barbecue And Enjoy Seasonal Summer Fruit
Why go to a restaurant when the stars are brighter in your own backyard? Eating on the patio is a pleasure, especially when it involves a fun and fruity beverage. I'm not a big cook, but man, what I can do with a glass of water!
Crafting something I love to do anytime of the year, but during the summer, I have hours and hours to dream up all sorts of fun things to do...like make wreaths.
I like other things too, but for some reason, flowers just scream summer to me, and wreaths are a great way to play with them.
Even better, I can sit on the covered porch with my needle and thread or glue in the garden.
7. Get Together With Friends
When the kids were little, I saw my girlfriends often. Playdates, carpools and PTA committees kept us in touch on a daily basis. Today, we all work in some capacity, the kids drive themselves and the room rep volunteer days are long gone. Heck, with texting, we don't even talk on the phone anymore.
So we plan our time together and make it count. Dinners or small gatherings at each other's homes and local shopping sprees (traditional stores or thrifting) are some of the fun things we have done.
I still haven't hosted my backyard tea party, but I am hoping that this is summer!!
Yes, yes, July 4th is the big holiday, but there seems to be lots of reasons to celebrate when it's warm. Whether it's an impromptu gathering at the beach down the street or in someone's backyard, weddings, birthdays, graduations and showers take on a whole different vibe al fresco!
Summer days, and especially the nights, are made for family fun and creating memories.
9. Rearrange And Redecorate The House
Of course, inside takes on a different vibe in summer, as well. I update a few key pieces in each room to lighten up the spaces and welcome the warmth. Pillows and curtains are the easiest items to swap for the most impact and easy.
Even if they aren't so easy to make!!
I think I have saved the best for last. This homebody loves to swim and I try to get in the water every single day. Some days, it's at the beach, others it's in the pool...mine or a neighbor's. Either way, the weightlessness and time spent in my bathing suit...paddling around or just floating...makes me feel like I am on vacation.
And I didn't even have to leave home.
Are you a summer homebody?
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