Reflections on Summer

The weather has a feeling of fall to it. The nights and mornings are cool, and it’s dark by 8pm. Traffic is back with a vengeance. As we transition into fall it’s hard not to reflect on the summer.

This summer felt long, much longer than previous summers. Maybe because we weren’t planning our wedding? This summer was packed with fun, and plenty of time with good friends. The summer was relaxing. The summer made my heart full.

Reflections on Summer

Memorial Day weekend really set the tone for the summer. Then there was the fun day discovering bonsai trees and botanical gardens with my parents, a needed girl’s weekend with one my best friends, a day trip to Maine to spend a beach day with friends. We spent 4th of July at a summer BBQ and saw the Boston fireworks. We had an awesome weekend at my family’s summer camp with my parents, brother and his girlfriend. It was hot, sunny and so fun to float in tubes on the river, eat dinner at the picnic table, and devour strawberry rhubarb pie by the fire. There was golfing, and mountain biking, and a trip to Halibut Point State Park with Michael. A fun overnight at the Casino gave us a chance to just get away together. There was trips to Saratoga to see the horses race. Stand Up Paddling Board, snacks on the beach, and a fun dinner with friends. There was a few cloudy weekends at home to accomplish projects. We went to a good old-fashioned pool party. And spent more days than we can count at our favorite beach. We grilled almost every dinner and went for ice cream almost every week. We even went to Richardson’s more than once. There was weeks of vacation time, plenty of afternoon naps on hot summer days, and I read more books this summer than I could have hoped. This summer was awesome, and better than I could have hoped.

As I think back on summer, I think about how many memories I have. My mind is filled with beautiful snippets of summer days, and fun with friends. Each and every memory is like a beautiful photograph. My iPhone is not filled with photos documenting every moment. In fact,  my phone spent more time in my bag, or in the glove box of the car as we headed out on an adventure. I don’t even mind one bit that my summer lacks photos, and good social media posts. To me, it was a summer of being present and enjoying the ones I love.

As we head into fall I feel refreshed and ready. I’m looking forward to all things apple and pumpkin. I’m dying to head to Wilson Farms, to go apple picking, to enjoy an apple cider donut, and soak in the cool days. I’m excited for a trip to see friends, time with family, and all that this fall will bring us. I think it’s a sign of a good summer when you’re okay it’s over.

How was your summer?

Summer Staycation

I love having time off from work to just be home. We had planned an overnight at Mohegan Sun, thanks to an awesome deal on Gilt City so I was taking the Monday of the already short week off. I decided that it wasn’t worth working just 3 short days and that I’d be grateful for some time at home. I’m so happy I did. I feel rested, recharged, and rejuvenated. Here’s a peek at how I spent my time.

Michael and I finally took our mountain bikes for a spin at Wompotuck State Park in Hingham. We brought my mountain bike back to MA from NY with us at least 2 years ago with the intention of going for rides. We never did. I’m happy we finally changed that. We rode around for about 2 hours. It was so fun to chat, get some exercise, and enjoy the scenery of the woods! We even got to pop in and see an old friend of Michael’s who lives in Hingham. It was a bit overcast and on the cool side that day so I feel like we planned the perfect activity for the weather.


Sunday morning we woke up to downpours. We decided to sleep in, have breakfast, watch CBS Sunday Morning (I love that show) before getting our day going. We had originally planned to head to RI for a beach day before heading to Mohegan Sun for dinner and some fun. Since the rain spoiled our plans we decided to stop in Providence for lunch. Michael took me to East Side Pockets since I was craving falafel. It was so good and I can’t wait to go back!!! We wandered around in Providence a bit before heading to the casino.

East Side Pocket

We had dinner at Todd English’s Tuscany and it was great. I’ve been wanting to eat there for awhile, and it was worth the wait. We shared a burrata salad, fettucine carbonara, and a proscuito flatbread. The cocktails were awesome too. I had my favorite, a St. Germain martini with a twist of lemon. After dinner we hit the casino for a bit and had some fun on the slots before heading to bed. Monday we slept in, had a lazy morning, had breakfast, and played some more slots before heading home. It was a fun little night away and felt so much longer than it really was.

Burrata Salad

I spent the rest of week enjoying time at home. I went for runs at Lake Quannapowitt- I love not having to cross a street for 3 miles and running by the water. It’s just so much better than running through town.

Lake Q

I took care of errands I kept putting off, like taking my wedding dress to the cleaners and getting the oil changed in my car. I baked. I baked so much. I made a batch of peanut butter cup cookies for the 4th of July. Lucky for you that recipe is coming soon. I took a stab at making homemade puff pastry dough and apple turnovers. They were delicious but there is so much more room for improvement. I already can’t wait to make them again- there is at least 10 things I’d do differently. I’ll share the recipe and tips once I perfect it but since they are loaded with butter that may take a bit. You can’t make those too often! I made a summer berry crisp that was so flavorful and good, and not terribly unhealthy.

I got to meet one of my best friends babies just hours after he was born. To see the excitement, happiness, and joy on my friend’s face was so special and I just loved holding that little peanut.

We spent time at the beach soaking in the sunshine. I finished a book I had been reading for months and took naps in the sun. I even swam, a lot. It was cold and so refreshing.

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We saw fireworks and celebrated the 4th of July with friends. It was my first time in the 6 years I’ve lived here that I saw the Boston fireworks. They were gorgeous and worthy of all the hype they get.

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And we closed out the week with a day trip to Maine to see our friends and spend one more day at the beach. We chatted, we swam, we ate, and we laughed. It was the perfect ending to the week.

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Heading back to work wasn’t so bad today but I’m already looking forward to the weekend. We are headed to NY to see my family and spend time at our summer house!

How did you enjoy the week of the 4th?