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Melissa Michaels is the NY Times Bestselling author of Love The Home You Have and The Inspired Room book. Her blog, The Inspired Room, was voted Better Homes & Gardens Readers' Favorite decorating blog in 2014 and 2015. Melissa is a church planter's wife and a mom to three human kids and...

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  1. 1) Stay up late (past sunset!LOL)
    2) Walk through the grass barefooted
    3) Make at least one daisy chain
    4) Eat one popsicle
    5) Go to the beach
    6) Go to a lake
    7) Have a picnic
    8) Drink a glass of 1/2 lemonade & 1/2 grape juice (in memory of my mom)
    9) Sleep with the windows open
    10) Go outside @ 2AM to just listen to the sounds of, and breathe in the smells of, the cool summer nights

  2. 1) Swim every day.
    2) Swim late at night with nothing on.
    3) Eat outside
    4) Walk on a beach
    5) Sleep with the windows open instead of the air conditioning.
    6) Have a picnic.
    7) Go to an outdoor theatre production.
    8) Spend an afternoon reading outside.
    9) Enjoy a cold beer on a hot afternoon.
    10) Throw away the real “to do” list just for a few days.

  3. 1. Eat 4 Lobsters with butter.
    2. Pick Blueberries.
    3. Jump ocean waves.
    4. Catch fireflies.
    5. Visit Maine.
    6. Eat Fish chowder.
    7. Go for a boat ride on a lake.
    8. Train for a triathlon.
    9. Go to a country fair.
    10. Toast Marshmallows in a camp fire.

  4. 1. Read some great books
    2. Drink a lot of iced tea
    3. Go to the beach
    4. Start swimming again
    5. Spend a weekend in my favorite US city, Washington D.C.!
    6. Go to a baseball game
    7. Organize my home
    8. Stress less

  5. I actually DID make a list! Here’s what we’ve accomplished so far (in no particular order):
    1. Tubing down mountain river (this may be my new favorite thing to do!)
    2. Minor league baseball game
    3. Playing in park fountains
    4. Visit aquarium
    5. Picnic by the river
    6. Hiking & Fishing
    7. Homemade lemonade
    8. Plant a garden – veggies + lots of flowers!
    As a single mom, my schedule is crazy, but I don’t want my children to be “short-changed” because of our circumstances.

  6. Light the firepit and sit on the back porch with my husband! My favorite summer activity. You and your hubby are invited too. (:
    I love how you help us find joy and beauty right in the middle of everyday life! Thanks, lovely friend!

  7. Yesterday, I ate a snowcone for lunch! And I didn’t have any kids with me. Just me… a 52 yr old woman with a full head of gray hair, and a perfectly yummy pink and green snowcone!! It was heavenly!
    Hooray for spontaneous delights! Now, time to make my list!

  8. I love your list.
    Mine would look very similar! I can’t wait to be home with my kids each summer.
    Even though they are 15, 17 & 20!
    We have so much fun….chilling out!
    Everyone needs a break!

  9. I don’t really have a summer list as things have gone a bit upside down here. But I am going to take careof my 9 yr old grandson for 6 weeks and intend to fully enjoy that!
    I like you r list though!!

  10. I’m looking forward to spending time with my girls, though I may have to face the harsh reality that my older two may wish to spend time with friends. Why do our children have to grow up xxx

  11. I love your picture and your summer list. Mine would be…
    lazily get out of bed in the morning
    sleep with the window open
    walk around barefoot
    enjoy having my kids home

  12. Wondering where the picture was taken. It looks so much like Cannon Beach, OR. My daughter is there for the summer and I am going to spend some time with her in late July. 😀

  13. Oh Yes…I so need to go the beach and inhale some sea air! One of our favorite places to visit is an arboretum by our house…no greater place to indulge in the sun on a picnic blanket with fresh strawberry lemondade!

  14. 1) Enjoy walking through thick grass barefoot
    2) Enjoy smelling the flowers
    3) Feel the hot sand under my feet
    4) Revel in the feel of ocean water flowing over my feet
    5) Cook veggie hot dogs and s’mores over an open fire
    6) Watching friend try to start said fire, lol
    7) Just sitting outside after the feast and talk
    8) Smelling salt air
    9) Sitting in the sun after a swim
    10) Being able to wear tank tops, shorts and sandals ALL the time!

  15. I felt peaceful just reading it.
    1) Go to my favorite chocolate shop.
    2) Go for a hike.
    3) Walk downtown after dark.
    4) Listen…to the breeze in the trees and the laughter of the children.
    5) Go to a coffee shop and sit outside.
    6) Have a campfire in the backyard.
    7) Invite friends over.
    8) Slow down.

  16. things that do or will bring us bliss in our home….
    1. go to the pool
    2. go to the ocean
    3. go to the carousel
    4. go to the park fountain
    5. paint the wicker, wash the porch so we can sit in bliss
    6. order more Shutterfly books for loved ones
    7. pack for 3 mo oversea trip (having it done will be bliss)
    8. look for camera (if find it I will be in bliss)
    9. download novels to Kindle
    10. hug my girls MORE!

  17. Summer Listy!
    1. Camping
    2. Fishing
    3. Hiking at Hagg Lake
    4. Horseback Riding
    5. Ikea-(it’s an hour drive away)
    6. LOTS of patio time
    7. Ladies Tea in the Gazebo
    8. Outdoor Breakfasts
    9. Lots of sugar free fruit smoothies
    10. SERIOUS garage sale-ing and antique-ing

  18. Oh so much!
    1. Breathe in the salt air at the ocean
    2. Visit the beach more often
    3. Destress, say No! More often
    4. Watch, really watch, my kids play soccer
    5. Spend one on one time with each of my kids
    6. See “Peter pan” at the outdoor theatre
    7. Have friends over for cook outs and fun
    8. Sleep in!
    9. Make more pancakes on Saturdays
    10. Ignore silliness, pettiness and fakeness
    11. Focus my eyes staight on my Lord
    12. Sing out loud and dance with my kids

  19. stay up late
    sleep in
    swim every day
    go to Aquatica (water park)
    eat boiled peanuts
    read more with the kids
    make snowcones
    just a few…

  20. I recognized the picture at the top of this blog post from Gearhart, Oregon. The cafe in the background, Pacific Way Cafe, is one of my very favorite restaurants! Some of our very favorite things to do in the summer are 1) pick berries 2) sit on the deck and read 3) enjoy the beautiful flowers in the garden 4) hike by the waterfalls 5) go on a bike ride with the family 6) play cards with the kids 7) visit unique coffee shops 8) find ways to serve people who are in need 9) have barbecues with family 10) make fresh strawberry lemonade 🙂

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  22. My summer list of must do things:
    1. Bring fresh flowers into the house from the garden every day.
    2. Go to the ocean and breathe the salt air, and go barefoot on the beach.
    3. Read a good book.
    4. Swim in the creek behind our house.
    5. Swim in the lake, any lake will do we have several around us that are wonderful
    6. Sit on the deck after midnight and look up and look at the stars like I did when I was a child.
    7. Make gallons of ice tea and drink a tall glass every day.
    8. Make time for family and friends.
    9. Have breakfast on the deck, and enjoy the cool morning air.
    10. Enjoy each thing listed above, do not hurry them, just enjoy.
    Blessings to you and yours
    Curtis & Sherrie

  23. Here is my list:
    1. Read, read and read some more.
    2. Go to the beach, have a picnic, walk along the beaches, see the sunset.
    3. Enjoy peach tea.
    4. Organize my recipes.
    5. Spend time with my grandson, swimming and playing.
    6. Float down the river.
    7. Get back into quiet time & journaling.
    8. Flowers all the time.
    9. Have a good, long talk with my husband about our empty nest, make a plan.
    10.Spend quality time with my youngest.

  24. Sigh… my one goal for the summer:
    SURVIVE!
    and hopefully find some time to enjoy the outdoors…
    Sad, I know. Next summer I hope for much more!