As the saying goes, summer deserves a speeding ticket! It surely does fly by, fast. I had been longing to get to the beach with Baby Blue since Memorial Day. But, it wasn’t until late August before Blue’s tiny toes hit the sand. Scott and I took Baby Blue to Wildwood Crest~New Jersey, with friends for a mini 2-night stay. Last week, we celebrated my birthday with a five day stay in Avalon, NJ. This was our official end-of-summer vacation with Baby Blue. And, it was well worth the wait!
Over the past few years, Scott and I have become somewhat addicted to drama-related television series. After a full day of doing our own thing, putting the baby to bed, doing dishes, and picking up toys, we anticipate our down time, relaxing, and watching an hour of TV. It’s just enough time before one of us declares, “I’m falling asleep!”
When I was an Elementary School Teacher, I would do more reading in the summer. I rarely had time to do the things I loved, during the school year. After ten months of teaching, I loved including faith-building books that would restore and strengthen me in every way!
I still have the habit of including faith-building books for my summer reading list. These are books, written by modern-day authors, that reference and apply scripture to daily living. They can be in the form of a personal testimony (in which the author shares his/her life experience and how God’s word has made a positive impact). Or, they can be a commentary type of study that explains scripture in a way that is applicable and relevant to today’s times.
Last week, I shared how I gave a men’s watch (gifted to me, by JORD) to Scott, for Father’s Day. I figured I’d create a Father’s Day Gift Guide, so that I could share a few more ideas. Hopefully, it will help you in finding the perfect Father’s Day Gift for that special dad in your life.
I’ve traveled to Europe, three times, during the hot summer months. It’s generally crowded and sometimes very hot. If you’re relaxing by the Mediterranean Sea or on a yacht, the weather will be a blessing. But, if you’re sightseeing, standing in lines, and walking for miles, it can be rather unpleasant. The most important thing to consider before visiting Europe, in summer, is to pack smart and plan even smarter. You’ll be happy that you took the extra time, before enjoying your well deserved vacation!
This weekend, Scott and I spent an overnight at the Borgata Hotel and Casino, in Atlantic City. It was our first night away from Blue. As much as I missed him, I enjoyed the time away with Scott. Even though we didn’t escape the cold nor spend that much time away.
If you’re just joining in, a while back, I published a post about my 5 day itinerary in Tuscany. Here, I will continue with 7 nights in the Amalfi Coast and Rome.
This past weekend included a bunch of “firsts” for me. My first time using Airbnb to book overnight accommodations. My first time leaving Cooper home, with his new dog-sitter. My first Country Music Festival. And, my first time seeing Carrie Underwood, live! It was all just amazing!
For those of us who love to travel, when visiting a new place, we hope to get the most out of our time and money. Undoubtedly, social media is a convenient and helpful resource that can make a huge difference on a traveler’s wallet and itinerary. Personally, I refuse to travel before reading the typically-reliable reviews, on websites such as tripadvisor, of those who have already “been there and done that”.
Yesterday, I visited my first Chestertown Historic House Tour, in Pennsylvania. Scott’s Godfather, Uncle Curt, bought us tickets and graciously volunteered to coordinate and chaperone our day. (I must say he is as good if not better in coordinating a field trip than I am, and I was a teacher for twelve years!)