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Here’s to Summer!

Summer hit with a vengeance the past few days.

Temperatures soaring near 100. The impossible dream of cooling off the house at night with the windows open. The roar of heat that blasts you as you open the car door to get inside. The need to drink gallons of water to replace all the water you’re losing from sweating.

But we’ve had an odd phenomenon the past week or so too. Humidity. Thunderstorms. Rain. How grateful we are. Every drop counts.

California is in it’s fourth consecutive year of severe drought. The ponds are non-existent, the lakes have turned into ponds, in some spots the rivers are just a trickle. It is a little hairy-scary.

We were planning on a large-scale garden this year, but as I watched the scant rain fall from the sky over the past few months, I began paring down my ambitious plans. It takes a lot to feed those thirsty veggies, especially when the earth is already parched.

splash-pad-splashing

We had a grand time visiting the few splash pads last year that were not shut off due to the drought. Thank the Lord they keep the recirculating ones running because life would be rather unbearable if we couldn’t get some break from the scorching temps. No sprinklers on the lawn as we’re not even supposed to water it, but just let it go brown. {Not too hard for ours considering the pine needles on top do a superb job of blocking half the sunlight.} We’ll be getting crafty with water play. Perhaps getting a soak down when the few plants we have need to be watered. Or taking out the kiddie pool for a splish-splash afternoon.

kiddie-pool-fun

My in-laws, who are close by, also have a wonderful pool the girls and I can sneak away to during the day or grab daddy to tag along in the evenings.

splashing-daddy

This summer will probably look like:

early morning trike riding

trike riding

sidewalk chalk painting

chalk painting alphabet

stick wielding

stick wielding

watermelon munching

watermelon-munching

bubble popping

bubble-popping

bonfire watching

bonfire

river sitting

river-sitting

beach digging

beach-digging

sunset gazing

sunset-at-the-station

fountain watching

fountains-in-roseville

whipped cream smashing

whipped-cream-smash

library visiting

horse-at-the-library

pie making

peach-pie-heart

afternoon napping

afternoon-nap

smoothie drinking

smoothie-drinking

ice cream eating

ice-cream-yum!

and let’s not forget: gin-and-tonic sipping {for mommy and daddy, of course!}

gin-and-tonic-season

6 Thoughts on “Here’s to Summer!

  1. Nancy on June 10, 2015 at 9:09 pm said:

    That ice cream picture is in my top 10 Evey photos 🙂

  2. Love it! I just might have to write a post of my own with summer plans! It’s relaxing just to think about all the fun outside and relaxation we could do!!! 🙂 And I hear you about the drought. Trying to find clever ways to keep cool and not use extra water here too….

    • It’s kind of fun to put some summer dreams to paper (or the internet space, as the case may be). 😉 We’ll beat this heat one way or another!

  3. Such cute pictures! Hope you all have lots of fun, and beat the heat, this summer!

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