How We Did on our Summer Bucket List

I made a very short summer bucket list this year knowing our summer was going to fly by!  We had a fabulous time but are so sad that summer went so very quickly. 

1.  Large family vacation to the Smoky mountains-- Check! We had a great time with my sister, nephews, and mother in law exploring Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the national park. 








2.  Use our Disney/ Universal tickets from 2020 -- Check!! It was hot and more crowded than we are used to since we always visit Disney/Universal in the off season but we had a great time and managed to see and ride everything we wanted to. 





3.  Go kayaking!  Check! 




4.  Celebrate my birthday! Check! My mom and I enjoyed a fun day at the mall and lunch at the nearby Olive Garden. 


I bought this cute capri's

This whole outfit at JcPenney

These shorts-- and a few other pieces too. 

5. Read and enjoy mornings out on the patio eating breakfast. Check! Sometimes I spent all day outside reading!



6. Take a few day trips with the younger boys-- Not really; unless you count a few hiking trips with our friends. 

7. Spend time with friends and family-- Check!






8. Go hiking! Check!

Both at home... 



and in Tennessee! 





9.  Eat lots of yummy treats and fresh fruits/ veggies. Check! 











10.  Watch some fireworks. Check! 






It was such a fabulous summer!  

Linking up with: On the Edge,









Comments

  1. You had an amazing summer! So many trips, activities and time spent with your loved ones. I'll bet it was fun to compile your pictures and document your memories from the summer.

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    1. It was a lot of fun. I had to hold myself back from adding even more photos.

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  2. Oh, your hiking photos!! Fantastic walking areas there!

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  3. What a wonderful summer. Regine
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh for sure! I am trying to soak them all in since I can already see a time when the boys will be off doing their own thing...

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  5. What a great summer! I love the birthday outfits, they are so flattering! You look great!

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  6. What a fun summer!! I'm getting hungry now! :)

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    1. I know; looking through these photos made me want to stop and get some ice cream somewhere!

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  7. Good job on your summer bucket list! So much fun.

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  8. Look at y'all checking off almost every single thing on the list! Y'all truly did have a great summer.

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  9. I mean... I think you did summer just perfectly!!!!

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  10. I love how you snuck in those ice cream treats in the same part as veggies and fruit, haha. You always amaze me how much hiking you get it, that's so impressive.
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  11. It sounds like you had a wonderful summer. Your trips sound like fantastic fun and the view while you eat your breakfast is stunning!

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  12. What a fun summer!
    Side note- was that Mickey ear treat the cake pop or ice cream? I remember those cake pops....SO GOOD.

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    1. Ice cream! It was in the mid-90's most days so I was always looking for something cold.

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  13. I love how you make fruits and veggies look so yummy! Do you have recipes or a special place on your blog where you share them because I definitely need to up that part of our diets!

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

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    1. I should share more recipes about just veggies! I have shared a few and all three of the recipes shown above- the peach salad, the corn salad, and the pasta with rainbow veggies are all ones I found on other blogs this summer (which I have a whole post coming next week on recipes we've been trying with links to where I found the recipes!).

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  14. What a wonderful summer you had! Your trip looks fantastic, and I enjoyed seeing these pictures.
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  15. Looks like lots of fun, Joanne.
    So glad you had such a wonderful summer.

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  16. What a great summer. So many fabulous memories. I always love seeing your pics from the deck too!! Thank you for joining in this new weekly link up of mine. Looking forward to catching up with you when you next do so, for Wednesday’s Words & Pics. Warm wishes,
    Denyse.

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    1. I get so bummed that once our cool mornings hit in fall the deck furniture is so wet with dew that I can't sit out there for breakfast anymore. I love starting my day with that peaceful view!

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  17. It looks like a great summer Joanne, love all the photos and it's satisfying ticking things off a list isn't it?

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    1. It really is! I love ticking items off a list.

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  18. You had such a gorgeous and fun summer vacation. Even got to see little bear cubs. Fantastic hiking photos and such decadent ice creams! Wishing you a fabulous autumn ahead.

    -Soma

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    1. Those bear cubs were so cute (and mama bear was HUGE!).

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  19. The Smokies is a great place to visit, we always enjoy it. Kayaking looks fun, my daughter enjoys it but I'd tip if over if I tried it :) Happy belated Birthday! Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 82. Shared.

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    1. My top water kayak is pretty impossible to tip over it's very wide and heavy and probably meant for sea kayaking. I find they can be tricky to get in and out of but once you're in them they aren't as tippy as you would think.

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  20. I'm glad you got to check off so many things on your bucket list this summer. All those yummies look delicious.

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