Top Ten Summer Activities
I love swimming! Our place has a pool so we have been going as frequently as possible. With my neurologist wanting me to go everyday this is one of the few normal summer activities I can enjoy right now, which makes it that much more important and enjoyable.
Camping has always been a part of my life. As a child we went camping frequently, and the summer before 6th grade we even lived at a campground for an entire summer. We moved for my dad’s job, and were still looking for a house. So, 5 people, a dog, and a cat lived in a 29 foot camper for the summer. As a parent I am sure it was a nightmare, but as a child it was fantastic!
Going to the park with Ashley is always an enjoyable experience. We go throughout the year, but in the summer there are more options. There are free spraygrounds which are great. They have all sorts of water features and the girls love running around in them.There are some other parks where we can walk in the streams, look at the animals, or just enjoy playing on the equipment. No matter what type of park it is, parks are definitely a staple of our summers.
Taking a walk is a perfect way to end an evening. Where we are living now, we can walk to stores and a couple different restaurants. Larry and I frequently go for walks on our alone nights, and Ashley and love walking to places as well. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors, and get some exercise.
Before this summer I had never been to a drive in. However, after my car accident I was restricted from going to the movies. Then my doctor said I could go to the drive in because we can control the loudness, and it isn’t a dark room with flashing lights. So since getting that restriction lifted we have been many times. Larry and I have gone once on our own, but we typically take the girls with us. They love it because they can move around and for all of us it is much cheaper.
Reading is another one of my restrictions that is slowly being lifted. I wasn’t allowed to read at all, but now can for short periods. I love reading in the afternoons, or sitting on the glider on the porch during the evenings and reading a book.
Although they might not all be elaborate vacations are usually a part of my summer. I especially love going on road trips. I like stopping at little places along the way, and just really enjoying my time without being on a set schedule.
I love peach wine, especially from St. James winery. Although it is obviously good at all times, it is especially good during the summer. It has such a sweet light taste and just goes perfect with the warm weather.
I love grilling hamburgers and hotdogs, and anything else for that matter. Since we are in an apartment now we can’t do that here, but have done it several times this summer at my parents, and every time it is delicious!
Festivals/ Carnivals/ Fairs
This is another thing I can’t enjoy this summer, but in general it is my very favorite part of the summer. For the 4th of July we usually go to Rolla and enjoy their carnival. Here there is Downtown Days or Old Shawnee Days. In a couple weeks it will be time for the state fair. I love everything about them. I love the rides. I love the performances. I love the snacks, and the bustle of the people. Everything about it is perfect to me, and is a true sign of “home.” So although I can’t enjoy them this summer, it still tops my list as the best thing about the summer.