I love summer time. NOT because of sizzling weather here in sunny Columbia, SC but because the girls and I have more opportunities to spend a lot of time together. While we’ve been able to take some weekend trips trips together, we’re limited by their school days. You see I get about 5 weeks of vacation time each year, in addition to the major holidays. So during the summer we’re able to do things together but aren’t limited to traveling on the weekends. This weekend, though, we began to IGNITE SUMMER MEMORIES.

And since it was a holiday weekend plus the girls’ last day of school is tomorrow, we had a wonderful at-home celebration. On Saturday my oldest went to the flea market with my mom and some neighbors. I slept in and so did Coco. I think she was awake for 20 minutes before she noticed her sister missing. But once she realized that we would make our Saturday trip to the Farmers Market with just the two of us – she was pumped! And so was I. I don’t often get a chance to spend time with my girls individually, and this was an unexpected opportunity to do so. We met my mom and Lulu for lunch and enjoyed ourselves there too. The girls then played outside with the neighbors for the rest of the day.

On Sunday my mom asked me to cook on the grill. Although that wasn’t my intention – I was hoping to be invited to someone else’s cookout, I did. I grilled up some burgers, bratwurst, chicken wings, and white corn. Then we also had the baked beans I made, some toasted buns, and coleslaw. Added to that was the Kool-Aid the girls made and we had ourselves a nice little cookout. And they didn’t even spill the sugar all over the place like last time. Smile

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But we weren’t done yet. The girls didn’t want to wait for the neighbors to return home from the park, so we had a HERSHEY’S CAMP BONDFIRE right over the grill all by ourselves. We got out some long-handled cooking utensils (Lulu wasn’t too thrilled about the germs on real sticks so we compromised), added a few marshmallows – one or two which might have fallen through the grates and burned – stoked the fire on the grill, and started bonding. It was fun watching the girls tell each other how to hold their sticks and determine how melted they wanted their marshmallows to be. Then we sandwiched them between graham crackers and 2 squares of Hershey’s chocolate, and went to town.

We saved some goodies for the neighbor’s cookout on Monday night. If there’s one thing that gets the people on our street excited, it’s good food, sweet drinks, and the kids entertaining themselves so we can sit around and chill.

This is only the beginning for us to IGNITE SUMMER MEMORIES. The girls are going to Cleveland in July and we’ve got some family members coming to visit at the end of the summer as well, including my soon-to-be 1-year old niece. We’ll have some staycation-type trips planned and we’ll visit an amusement park or three.

What are your plans to IGNITE SUMMER MEMORIES with your family this summer?

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  1. Looks like a great cookout! We love the summer time also, it’s a great way to have a lot of outside family time.