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What I’ll Remember about Summer 2018

When I look back at Summer 2018, I’m sure the thing that I’ll remember most is our move to Utah.

But there are so many other parts of Summer 2018 that I want to remember.

When I think back on last summer, I so clearly remember playing Yahtzee with Ella over lunch every single day and eating the same homemade salad while we played.

A couple of weeks ago, when we were driving home from our Fourth of July trip to Utah, Bart and I started chatting about what would stand out to us about this summer.

I love, of course, the big trips or the momentous occasions, but I also love everyday life and remembering what makes up daily life at home during different seasons of life.

summer 2018

Here’s what our Summer 2018 has looked like:

Listening: to the High School Musical soundtrack on repeat. And audiobook versions of Ribsy (I seriously have listened to it at least a dozen times by now) and The Penderwicks series.

Playing: Dutch Blitz. I am pretty sure we have played at least 1000 games of this over the summer. Ella pretty much crushes Bart, Ani and me every single time. But I keep playing because hope springs eternal.

Wearing: American Eagle jeans, a Studio tee and these sandals pretty much every single day. Also embracing the wonder of a good baseball cap.

Eating: homemade Egg McMuffins and, on the girls’ part, endless slices of toast with butter. And so much Bubly.

Watching: A season of The Great British Baking Show (so good to have a fourth one to watch!) and the eighth season of Hawaii Five-O. I love that show so much – it’s not quite White Collar, but it’s definitely in my top favorite shows ever.

Reading: The Midnight Gang with the girls, The Heartwood Hotel with Ani, and Baby Talk and Dear Zoo approximately one million times with Star. On my own, The Queen of Hearts (which somehow took me forever to get through, despite the fact that I really enjoyed it).

Regretting: That we didn’t swim more this summer – between our many trips and lots of work, plus baby naps, we just didn’t get there as much as I planned.

What will you remember from Summer 2018?

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18 Comments

  • Reply Rachel July 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

    I love this. Last summer we took a huge trip to California/Utah for 3 weeks, but when I look back my favorite memory was a spontaneous Saturday afternoon trip to DC where we ate delicious burgers and let the girls scooter along the mall. So this summer I’m trying to not be so hyper active about planning every minute and let the sweet spontaneous moments take the lead (I’m terrible at this.)

  • Reply Rebecca M Jones July 26, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Can you link to your bookshelf? I’ve been looking for one like that.

  • Reply Paige Cassandra Flamm July 26, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Our biggest memory will probably just be that we didn’t over plan things, and my kids have loved the simplicity of filling up the kiddie pool, A LOT, and getting to dump all their toys in there and play for hours in the afternoons, while I read a book under a big shaded tree in our yard. That’s been the best!

  • Reply Rachel July 26, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Our summer has been dominated by baby boy #3! He was born just one week after school ended. I feel like the summer has just flown by because I’ve been in a newborn haze. Last summer was going to the gym in the morning and the pool in the afternoon. Every. Day. I wish we could do that now, but I can’t do the pool with a newborn 🙁

  • Reply Tamila Leychkis July 26, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    My oldest started driving and is working for $$ for the 1st time. Finally visited Colorado after 5 years of thinking of doing this.

  • Reply Linnae July 27, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Wait, you moved to Utah? How did I miss that?! 🙂 Love your posts.

  • Reply Brooke July 27, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Based on your recommendation, I’m going to give White Collar a try. Almost through all 6 seasons of Parenthood on Netflix so I’ll soon need something to watch at night after my boys go to bed.

  • Reply Deborah July 27, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Grant’s broken leg. Buying our first house (finally). A new job. This summer has kind of kicked my butt but it’s definitely one we won’t forget.

  • Reply Diana July 31, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I love this idea! What I think I’ll remember most is eating ice cream and our baby being a baby! Our first summer with more than one kid!

  • Reply Kim August 3, 2018 at 10:40 am

    I will remember having my little 10 year-old nephew from Kentucky stay with us for the summer. Now we have 3 kids instead of 2 at the dinner table every night. I love that it feels like a full house and it gives me an excuse to try to new recipes!

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  • Reply Meghan September 18, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Oh my goodness you guys moved to Utah! What’s your new address? Why did you guys move? How exciting to be closer to Landen and Bart’s family though.

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