The calendar here says that it is August. We are still very much on summer vacation as my girls are off from school until after Labor Day. Wish it still said June though!
Anyone that knows me knows that I love summer. See I love the warm weather so much so that even 90+ degree days don’t get to me. I mean it that I would much rather it be 90 degrees than 20 degrees. See the cold, winter and snow are my least favorite.What is currently going on with you??
So, right now I am enjoying every moment of the summer weather. I am outdoors as much as I can be. Also, I am enjoying the time my girls have off from school. Plus, our mornings have been on the later side. So, too, have our evenings, as well. My husband has Mondays off for the summer. Fridays, the girls and I have been meeting him for lunch. For this reason, we extended our weekends.
The last few weeks since our Disney trip, therefore have been much laxer. No complaints from me at all on this.
What better time than now to give a “Currently” update here.
Currently August 2018 Favorites
I think my introduction described what I love right about now. But I still want to expand upon this.
So, of course, Summer Vacation is at the top of my August 2018 love list. That said, summer, sun, swimming and outdoor fun are indeed where it is at now.
A few weeks back now. But still, Our Walt Disney World Summer 2018 Trip was a major love fest for me. Therefore, we have another trip forthcoming in the next few months. Won’t be a summer trip though. However, it is Florida and therefore should be warm when we return even if it isn’t here in NY.
Like, I mentioned above my husband is off all Summer on Mondays. We have been enjoying these extra vacation days with fun family time. These Mondays have included a recent mini-golf outing, where our youngest shocked us getting a hole in one on one of the holes.
Just as the week starts off with those Mondays off, so too are Summer Fridays that much more fun. As I also shared we have been having lunch out and meeting up with my husband. See Shake Shack isn’t too far from his office. So, the girls have been having shakes and grilled cheese for Friday lunch, which is what makes those Long Summer Weekends that much sweeter!
My Newest Home Decor Obsession:
I also have found a place that I can’t get enough of for home decor. Recently, we were looking to replace an older rocking chair that we have had since I was pregnant with my oldest almost ten years old now. We kept the chair for sentimental reasons and moved it from the girls’ room to our living room. But it was now really showing its age. I had been debating a Papasan Chair that I saw at Pier 1 Imports recently.
Well, I finally caved and bought the chair and fluffy cushion. The girls loved it or so I thought. But see my oldest felt bad that we were getting rid of the rocking chair that I rocked her in as a baby. Plus, she was also missing the footrest that came with the rocking chair. See she uses it to sit on when she plays video games with her sister. So, what’s a mom to do? I returned to the scene of the crime or Pier 1 Imports to buy the matching footrest and cushion for the new Papasan Chair. All is well that ends well!
When my girls are lounging in our new Papasan Chair, I have been sneaking time in it to binge watch some of my favorites.
Right now, summer finds network shows on hiatus for the season. But happily, the Paramount Channel has been airing new episodes of their new show, American Woman. I am still a fan of Alicia Silverstone from her Clueless days, as well as the Cryin’ Aerosmith video she was heavily featured in back in the day.
With summer vacation, Disney and having been sick last month, my reading took a hit. However, I recently took both girls to Barnes and Noble for a kid’s event they were running here locally. They were promoting a selection of books for this event. The girls each got a book to read. So did I. See one of the books being touted was a middle school grade book set in the 1960s. This book, She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah), found its main character enamored with The Beatles, specifically Paul McCartney. Well, being a Beatles fan myself, I couldn’t resist. Very easy read and promise a more in-depth review soon.
Plus, I am still a proud Net Galley member. Through this association, I was offered an ARC of An Anonymous Girl, by Greer Hendricks. She is also the author of The Wife Between Us, which I read earlier this year. Since I enjoyed that previous thriller by the same author, I happily have taken a chance on her latest. So far I am about halfway through. Therefore, don’t want to elaborate more until I have finished it. But so far so good and can’t wait to see how this one turns out.
When we returned from Disney, I was still streaming Eric Church, Foo Fighters and more. See, I missed the Foo Fighters local concert as they played here our first night in Disney. I mean I love Disney. But having seen Dave Grohl at Citi Field two summers ago for the Broken Leg Tour, I was more than a bit sad that the recent concert had to fall on that evening. But so be it. Still, my brother bought me a concert tank and took video for me.
Plus, this past month, Kenny Chesney released his newest album. So, I have this one on repeat right about now. Loving the Caribbean rock feel, especially for his song, Love for Love City with Ziggy Marley. I feel like I am back in the Bahamas listening to this one!
In Disney, we take the meal plan. So, trust me still dreaming of all the yummy treats we enjoyed there last month. But I did manage to use some of our leftover snack credits towards the end of our trip to bring some snacks back. So, still enjoying the last of those. Sadly I just finished the last of the Epcot Macarons I brought back from France. They are one of my favorite Disney World treats by far!
Upon our return, I also made Oatmeal Cookie Balls for us to enjoy. This recipe was one I wanted to try our before school started to get a head start on meal planning.
I also recently tried a new NO Churn Ice Cream recipe for us. I mean it is still summer. So why not ice cream?! All I can say is this one is heaven for all the Cookies and Cream lovers!
With it still being August, I am slowly planning now for next month’s back to school. The kids are finishing up their summer reading assignments. We have backpacks already purchased. Still, we have to go sneaker shopping though soon. Plus, we have about two weeks left before school supplies need to be picked up at school. See we order the supplies through PTA even before the last school year lets out for summer vacation.
But honestly not ready for back to school, homework and more. So, planning on enjoying all that is still left of this current summer vacation.
In the meantime though, I have another Walt Disney Worlld trip to plan for later in the fall. That’s right; we are returning to our happy place before 2018 is over. So, at the very least, I have that to look forward to now.
What about you?
How has your August been so far?
Share with me in the comments now.