Goodbye Summer 2016….

The summer is one of my most favorite times of the year.  It’s THE summer. It’s beautiful in Rhode Island. It’s hot. It’s relaxing. All schedules and appointments are tossed out the window. It’s just the most chill time of year and we ALL enjoy it from beginning to end.

I just hate saying goodbye to it.


The summer of 2016 was pretty amazing for our family. We took the time this summer to REALLY be together and enjoy family time as much as we possibly could. Work is work and I definitely need to travel and work hard, but I did my best this summer to work my schedule around my kids. Lots of working at night after they went to bed… and lots of waking up early before they did to get as much as I could done.

This summer. It was just a perfect summer.

I’m going to miss a bunch of it.

But most of all, I’m going to miss…

Watching the kids fall in love with the beach. We have never really done the beach before because the kids are so little. This year we took it on BIG time and we had the time of our life! It was perfection!

8PM sunsets. There’s something about a beautiful night and there still be light at 8PM.

The magic of a pool. My sons swim competitively, so we’re ALWAYS at a pool… but there’s something about a recreational pool and just good ole fashion swim play! I will miss the summer days and nights when we could go for a quick dip!

The sand between my toes. I mean, really – it’s the best feeling in the world.

Flip flops and shorts.

Lobster rolls and cole slaw.

Summer nights on the grill. We grill all the time in the summer, I will miss the nights on our deck.

Summer morning runs outside.

Summer Hallmark movies. Ahhh… the best.

Jumping into bed with the a/c blowing and the fan, too! There’s something about a HOT night, but crawling into a cool room.

Iced coffee. I only do in the summer (and early Fall).

Letting my hair air-dry!

Trips to the Cape! Especially Martha’s Vineyard.

Ice cream cones!

Bikini season for Victoria! We got her first bikini this year!

Jumping waves at the beach.

Watching morning swim practice.

Bike rides up and down the street with the kids.

Bedtimes thrown out the window!

Water slides!

No lunches to be made every morning by 7:30AM!

Spur-of-the-moment road trips!

The beautiful sun. I love the sun. I love being outside and just letting the warmth cover me up like a hug! I will miss this so much. The Fall sun is just not the same!

Summer 2016… you were VERY good to us. I will miss you!


About Audrey

Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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