Things About Summer I Actually Love: A List

No sarcasm font today.  Now that it is July, I am beginning to embrace the summer and there are a few things I am really enjoying this year.  Don’t worry, I will be back to my curmudgeonly self soon enough.

I got this pic from Shop Rite, but I get the actual cherries from Wegman's. I am getting all giddy just looking at them.

The fruit.  I know, there is fruit every year, and truthfully, I get a little light-headed every year when the cherries and peaches are ready.  This year I am intoxicated with the cherries.  I spent $10 on cherries (Wegman’s, of course) and the kids were all, Can we have some cherries?  And I was all, No way!  Okay, maybe 2 each.  Make them last.  Peaches are a little more affordable (This is New Jersey, for Pete’s sake, you know Jersey peaches?) and I am a much better sharer with those.

Movies.  It isn’t easy to find movies that my kids aged 5-13 all want to see.  Usually either Husband or I will take the Big Brothers to the movies and Pumpkin Pie will stay home and watch a movie On Demand or from my neighbor Blockbuster ‘s Gwen’s video library.  But, so far we have already seen Kung Fu Panda AND Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Cars 2 is on deck for this week!  This is without precedent.  The kids are over the moon about all the big screen time and I really, really love popcorn.

I am *totally* buying these to go with my new grown-up girl work pants. But by Halloween, it will be back to the mukluks.

The shoes.  I have some weird disorder where my toes turn blue and get really cold and I have wear thick socks and slippers from October until mid-April every year.  In the summer, as if by magic, my feet aren’t cold!  I don’t have to put on fresh, dry socks before I go to bed so my feet aren’t so cold I can’t sleep!  My every footwear choice doesn’t have to be about how many of my toes will be numb by lunchtime.  I don’t have to change my socks mid-day every day or I’ll freeze!  I can wear something other than muklucks ballet flats, or really get my summer on and rock some sandals after a relaxing pedicure!  I wear the same 2 pairs of boots/warm cloggy shoes all winter, but in summer, I can actually consider the cute factor of shoes for a few months and it is wonderful!

V-a-c-a-t-i-o-n.  Squeeee!  We go on the same vacation every year with Husband’s family to the same lake and stay in the same house.  Husband’s sister, Woo Woo and I agree that it is our favorite week of the year.  (And that’s saying something because she is on her way to Paris at this very moment!)  Yes it’s a pain to get ready and, until recently, we got about 4 hours of sleep the entire week, but that is just how it goes.  Someone very smart once told me, When the kids are little, it’s not a vacation, it’s a change of scenery.  Mine shorties are getting taller, and our vacation is actually, you know, a vacation!  Yay, us!

Also, it is the only time the cousins are all together for any length of time.  They really get to pick blackberries, swim, ride bikes, take nature walks, hot tub, hang out and act goofy.  It is memory-making-fammily-centered-awesomeness and I love it.

That's trouble in the bubble!

The pop-o-matic-bubble. I have a wonderful girlfriend who lives across the street from my old house.  Until a year and a half ago, we had been neighbors for 11 years.  She is awesome in many, many ways.  She is also a self-proclaimed hoarder.  I would argue that point.  I would say that she is a skilled, diligent trash-picker who wants others to hoard.  She’s no dummy, so she sells all the good stuff and gives away every thing that she either can’t sell or she just thinks you’ll like.  She is generous in this awesome I-really-think-you-need-this-so-you’d-better-take-it-now kind of way.  She has given us so much awesome stuff over the years that I never even knew I needed!

This game has been delighting kids since 1964!

I stopped by her house a couple of nights ago to chat and came home with a bag of old school games.  One of them was Trouble.  Mind you, Cloud 8 already has a Trouble game.  But, this one was vintage.  And it was in a closed shopping bag by the front door instead of neatly put away in the game closet downstairs.  I am not sure if we have even had our Trouble game out since Pumpkin Pie has been born, but they are loving it.  Duncan was over today and they were totally rocking the pop-o-matic bubble like it was Summer Vacation or something.  Next up, Hands Down!

(Image Credits:  Cherries from, Trouble available at, Hands Down available at, Franco Sarto Gulf: Desert Tiger wedge available here at

About Adventures From Cloud 8

I am a stay at home mom who now and again sneaks away to be an in-home family therapist. My husband and I have 3 boys: Sweet Pea (12), Pickles (9) and Pumpkin Pie (4). Oh yeah. We have Doodle Dog, too. You guessed it! He’s a boy. At least he pees outside.
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1 Response to Things About Summer I Actually Love: A List

  1. woowoo says:

    Can’t wait for vacation! Love, woo.

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