Friday, September 10, 2010

Back in the Summer of 2010

Give yourself a sticker for surviving Summer 2010 because it is gone. I don't care what the calendar says, it's over. I know this for certain because on my daily drives to and from work I don't have to dodge fourteen boats piled high with tubes, kids, and coolers as they head for the lake. I am not seeing as many people roaming around Wal Mart in their swimming suits with armfuls of potato chips and sunscreen. Our little town has slowed down again for the winter. It is nice, and to top it off we have even had rain for three straight days.

To further cement the end of summer football has returned to our lives. The Razorbacks won their first game and have climbed to #14 and #15 in the polls. This Saturday Arica and I are heading off to our first football game of the year. We will see friends, have fun, and call the Hogs on their way to another blowout victory against a former directional Louisiana school that is now simply ULM.

Even with the joy of football season beginning we will mourn the passing of another summer. There are good and bad things about every summer in Arkansas and this year was no different. Really the only bad thing was the oppressive heat. The temperature was over 100 degrees for nearly the entire month of August. That leads to huge patches of dead grass, nearly zero outdoor activities, and high energy bills. But even the heat can't keep us from having fun.

Now it is time to recap the good things about Summer 2010 aka Braden's second summer.

This year was the first family vacation which included Braden's first Cardinals game and a trip to the zoo. We also took Braden on his first of hundreds of lake trips. We went to water parks with and without the little man. Arica and I snuck in one trip that ended with a free Billy Currington concert. God is great. Beer is good. And people are crazy indeed.

There were plenty of other little things that were equally as awesome as vacations, water parks, and free concerts. For example:

We introduced Braden to snow cones.

Braden learned to help feed the dogs, and now he loves to do it every day. He has even developed somewhat of a friendship with the old hounds.

And finally there is one good thing that all this heat brings, besides all the water activities. It gives you a great excuse to run around the house in your underwear.

So that is it Summer 2010. It seems we hardly knew you. Until next Memorial Day when I fire up the grill and pop in the Saving Private Ryan DVD, I hope you enjoy your trip to the Southern Hemisphere.


Brandy@YDK said...

I'm super excited about CFB - woohoo.

Braden is as darling as ever.

Katherine said...

It did go by awful fast, didn't it? But it seems everything does these days.

All I've been hearing lately is Razorbacks, Razorbacks, Razorbacks. Nothing like Hogs fans. Sorta makes me wish we watched football. But we don't. We're unAmerican. I know. It's okay.

Always Home and Uncool said...

Wait ... I need an excuse to run around the house in my underwear?

See ya next year summer.

otin said...

The amazing part about stopping by here is seeing how big that your son has gotten! I feel like I have watched him grow right before my eyes!

Old School/New School Mom said...

I love the picture of Braden feeding the dog! So cute. Ari loves to covertly feed animals "his" food. Even when we tell him not to.

You're lucky that your town has slowed down. I feel like it's crazy here after the end of summer. School is in and every one is rushing around trying to get back into the swing of things.

WeaselMomma said...

Sounds like you have a great summer with one high point right after the other. I'm glad it's documented.

SurprisedMom said...

I agree the summer months were hot, humid and oppressive. I also agree it's over. The kids are back in school so that makes it official. In Chicago it's hard to tell by counting tourists that the summer is over. Why, well our suburbanites act like tourists when they get downtown.

I'm happy you documented your summer for your readers. It was fun to see Braden enjoying his summer. (You and Arica, too!)

Football. Meh. I haven't been excited about football since I was in high school. (Yes, that was a long time ago.) Even though I live in a city featuring "Dah Bears."

I'm so glad Fall is here!

KWG said...

Summers are forever. Too bad sno-cone stains and football aren't. Yes, I know football is in the fall, but still. ;)

Tom said...

I'm still waiting for the summer weather to arrive. It sort of skimmed by a few times, like when you were a kid and heard the ice cream truck a few blocks over and then wondered why it never came down your street.

Glad you had a good one! Cherish the memories.

PJ Mullen said...

When you're from up north and you now live in the South summer is all year long :)

No matter what there will be another summer and even more memories to make.