Guys, I can’t believe that summer is almost over! It seems like it just began. How has your summer been? I hope it’s been great!
Last year I wrote a summer recap that included photos from throughout the year, and I decided to do something similar this year. I hope you enjoy reading about my summer, and I’d love to hear about yours in the comments below!
I played a ton of music.
Over the summer, I continued to learn a fiddle tune a day as often as possible. I also taught myself to play the ukulele, which was so much fun! I’ve gotten much better at strumming and I can play quite a few songs now. 🙂
I went swimming.
As usual, we went to the pool almost every week over the summer. It’s such a fun way to escape the heat! I taught my little brother how to swim this year, and he only half-drowned me a few times. XD
I won a photography contest.
This was definitely one of the highlights of the summer! I entered a state-wide photography contest several months ago, and I was extremely shocked when they called me last week and told me that I had won first place. I’m really honored that they chose my photo!
I sent and received many letters.
I’m afraid I’ve been rather slow to respond to my pen pals’ letters this summer, but I’ve loved reading them and I’m working on replies! Getting a letter in the mail always makes my day and I love decorating envelopes and sending replies. 🙂
I began writing a novel.
I’m so excited to finally be doing this! I’ve had the idea for this book in my head for a while, and I’ve finally started to put it down on paper. I’m hoping to have a first draft finished by the end of the year.
I read 70 books.
I’ve been pretty motivated to read all summer long, and as a result, I’m nearing my goal of 100 books much faster than I thought I would! I’ve read a lot of good books this year, which you can read more about by clicking here.
I took some college classes.
I took a college class right at the beginning of the summer, and now I’m starting two more. One of the classes I just started is Music Appreciation, and it’s actually been pretty interesting so far! I’m glad to have the opportunity to take these classes and get a head start on college, even if they are pretty time-consuming.
We celebrated Independence Day.
We had a relatively quiet July 4th this year (well, as quiet as you can get with your neighbor blowing up things next door). We watched fireworks in the backyard and played with pop-its and other such loud things afterwards, which was a lot of fun. 😀
I kept my succulents alive.
My three little succulents, Newt, Florence, and Edison, have fortunately survived under my not-so-skilled care since I got them in the spring. Edison has grown so big that I had to transplant him to a bigger pot, and the other two have grown a lot as well. I love having them on my desk – they’re so colorful!
I did a whole lot of cooking and cleaning.
My mom had to get a pretty major surgery at the beginning of the summer that had a long recovery time, so the older kids had to take over all of the cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. for several weeks. It was a ton of work, but I learned a lot, and my mom is doing much better now. 🙂
I worked on starting a small business.
I can’t say too much my business yet, but I’m really excited about it! 😀 I should be able to post more details in a few months once everything is ready. This is the first time I’ve actually put one of my business ideas into action, and I really hope that you guys will enjoy it!
I placed second in my library’s reading contest.
The biggest library near us has a summer reading program for teens, and I ended up placing second in the end-of-summer contest for who had read the most pages. I won a bag full of candy and a few really weird books. XD
I got my braces off.
WHEW, I’m so relieved that my braces are finally gone! I’m am glad that I got braces because my teeth are so much straighter now, but it was definitely a long and painful endeavor that I’m more than happy to be done with. 😛
We visited the CNN center.
When we were in Atlanta a few months ago, we decided to go on a tour of the CNN center. It was such a cool experience! The building was enormous and so pretty, and I learned a lot of interesting things about how a news broadcast works.
I solved the peg game.
I’M SO PROUD OF MYSELF. I worked on this thing for hours until I finally uncovered its secret. It was extremely fun and now I can impress people with my secret talent. XD
We played dozens of games of CLUE.
After my mom had her surgery, some following complications led to her having to go get infusions every morning and night at the hospital for a whole week. My dad went with her every night, and my siblings and I spent a lot of those nights making pizza and then playing CLUE. We got pretty obsessed with the game, so we kept playing almost nightly in the weeks that followed. We’re pretty much experts by now. XD
This lovely human ^ accidentally injured me with a pitchfork.
This was most definitely not one of the highlights of my summer. XD We were outside in the yard cleaning up grass clippings, and Laura swung her pitchfork around in a circle and accidentally slammed it into my arm. We thought it was broken at first, but it turned out to just be an extremely painful bruise, much to my relief. My arm has since recovered and
I am plotting my revenge Laura has been forgiven. 😉
I saw a movie in a theater for the first time.
Believe it or not, I’ve never seen a movie in the theater until this summer! We went to see Incredibles 2, and it was so much fun. I loved the movie and I managed to make my popcorn last almost until the end. I hope we can go see another movie sometime soon!
We celebrated my little brother’s birthday.
We had a lot of fun decorating for my baby brother’s birthday and celebrating it with him. He’s getting so big! *cries* He loves going on adventures, so we came up with a game in which we hid various stuffed animals throughout the woods and he had to follow a trail of painter’s tape to find and rescue them. It was very entertaining. XD
I helped my younger sister redecorate.
My sister Laura decided that she wanted to revamp her walls, so I helped her do so over the span of a few weeks. We spent a while on Pinterest finding lots of DIY ideas, because we wanted to try to make decor instead of buying it. It was super fun to make everything, and I’m really happy with the finished results! Laura will be posting more photos of the finished walls on her blog in the near future. 😀
We celebrated 10 years on the farm.
I can’t believe that it’s been ten whole years since we moved here! To me and my sister, who were born in the city, it was like a dream come true. We’ve had a lot of crazy adventures since then, and I’ve learned so, so much about caring for animals and just rural life in general. I’m so thankful that we have the opportunity to live where we do. ❤
Overall, I had a great summer! I definitely didn’t end up doing a lot of the things I thought I would, but I still had a lot of adventures and made some great memories. 🙂
What were the highlights of your summer?
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