Entries Tagged as 'Summer'

Outdoor Movie Night

Monday, August 25, 2014

Luckily the rain held off this past Saturday so we could have our movie night outside, just as we had envisioned.  It was a casual affair that basically consisted of blankets and pillows scattered about on the grass along with some of Colleen’s patio furniture and folding chairs brought by neighbors.  We did make a few snacks and had a table that included some movie theater appropriate items.  Colleen and Corey showed The Fantastic Mr. Fox, one of their favorite Wes Anderson movies, which ended up being a great idea since it was both adult and kid friendly.  We borrowed the sound equipment, projector, and screen from their neighbor Jamie, who was also kind enough to come over and help set everything up.  The screen he built himself from pvc pipes and a painters cloth.  Now those are some serious DIY skills.    Of course, in typical Colleen and Megan fashion, we neglected to take any pictures of the movie setup or any people during the party.  Fortunately, Colleen was able to steal a photo of the kids around the screen taken by her neighbor Katie.  Thanks Katie!  All in all I would say it was a perfect evening to end the summer before school started again this week.

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Colleen and Corey were pug sitting this week so Leila helped us get ready for the party.  Mostly by making weird snorty noises and trying to trip us while we walked.  Since she was a pivotal member of the party planning team, I am glad she could make a blog appearance.

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Saying Goodbye To Summer

Friday, August 8, 2014

Okay so really Summer doesn’t technically end until almost the end of September.  But I think it always feels like it ends when school buses start .  And the school buses are coming real soon.  So basically we have a few precious weeks to squeeze in any last summeryness that we may need to get out of our systems before it is pumpkin time.  I came up with a few quick ideas for embracing the last of the slow summer days.  It is not lost on me that half of these involve food.

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1.  Take a quick day trip somewhere close by.  No money spent on hotel rooms but you still get a refreshing little vacation.  We are lucky enough to have mountains close to us for a hiking day trip and I am actually going there this weekend.  What are y’alls day trip options?

2.  Have a margarita party.  Make it late enough that no one will expect dinner, whip up a few quick and easy apps and make a little margarita bar.  Everyone loves margaritas and to me they just feel so much more appropriate in the summer.

3.  Even I, who worship the fall, get a little depressed when all of my pretty potted plants start to get brown and crunchy.  Plant something that will grow in the fall so you can have some green to look forward to.  Here is a list of things that can be planted in August by region.

4.  Go to a baseball game.  We have a new baseball stadium in town and it has become a hotspot.  I haven’t been yet but would like to go and may get a chance if the weather cooperates tomorrow.  Obviously this activity includes eating a hot dog.

5.  Are you getting a little sick of hamburgers?  Try grilling a pizza.  The topping options are endless and little work is required if you buy some pre-made dough.  Plus everything tastes better on the grill.

6.  Round up a group of friends who are young at heart and play a game of night tag.  I spent many middle school nights hiding in trees peaking around bushes and it was the most fun.  Why not give it a shot as adults??  Maybe warn your neighbors first though.

7.  If someone ever asks me what my favorite food is, dips is almost always at the top of the list.  Besides cake obviously.  Cheese dip, guac, buffalo chicken dip, fruit dip, salsa, layer dips.  Once in graduate school, my roommate and I decided to have a dip dinner.  We prepared several dip options and proceeded to scarf them down.  While this may not have been the healthiest dinner, it was surely the most delicious and would be perfect for a lazy summer night.

Do you guys have any great ideas for late summer activities?  I am all ears.  Hope y’all get to do something fun and summery this weekend!

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Summer 2014 Playlist

Friday, June 27, 2014

July 4th has always been a special holiday to our family.  When I was little I would get up early to play tennis and watch Wimbledon, and then rush to spend the rest of the day at the pool.  Our neighborhood pool would make the 4th a pretty big deal, with contests and festivities all day long.  At night we would watch our dad shoot off illegal fireworks until the cops showed up.  Ironic that I’m now married to one :).  It’s hard not to long for simpler times, particularly when we don’t have any set plans for the holiday weekend.  What about you guys?  Do you have any old or new holiday traditions?

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Here are some of my favorite songs of the moment to help me get in the mood of summer. I feel like it is just flying by.  Here is the link if you are unable to play it within the post. Summer 2014 by TwoDelighted on Grooveshark
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