Summer Magic

August already!?  Where has our summer flown?  With the exception perhaps of those short weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, I find that summer is the time of year that moves most quickly and leaves us longing for more time in its wake.  The month of August is a favorite of mine, (perhaps because it is Abigail’s birthday month!) and as such, I have always during my career in education, worked for most of July and taken some time during August to relax and regroup my senses for the upcoming school year.

This August is no different and, as such, I am taking a (very brief) hiatus from my weekly blog! I had no idea when I started this last September that I would have so much to say on a weekly basis. (Although, I think those who knew me well concurred I would have no trouble having a lot to say on a regular basis!)  However, the part of my brain that is always on the lookout for a new blog idea needs a bit of a rest- and from August 14-August 28, this blog will be silent and I hope that all of my weekly readers will tune back in on September 4th to hear my thoughts on starting the school year.

Before I go however, I wanted to share with you just a little of what I plan to do during my downtime in August. I know many of my readers have children and / or grandchildren and so, if there is something on my August Bucket List that inspires you, I hope you will snap a quick photo and send it to me at  so that I can work with our Advancement Office to create a collage of  SDA Summer Memories for our website!

And so, here is my list…


  • Walk on the boardwalk and watch the Ferris Wheel.
  • Play miniature golf (and let Abby win!)
  • Win a prize at the boardwalk
  • Visit a water park
  • Roast marshmallows over a fire and make s’mores
  • Make lemonade from scratch
  • Buy fresh produce at  a farm stand.
  • Eat a soft-serve vanilla (or chocolate) ice cream cone with rainbow sprinkles
  • Watch the sunset from the beach
  • Swim in a lake
  • Collect seashells/sea glass
  • Enjoy getting caught in a summer rainstorm
  • Find a shooting star
  • Read a story together each night.

If I cannot meet all of these small but highly important August goals, I can assure you that Abigail and I will work to meet as many of them as possible! It is my belief that time with family in the summer sunlight creates some of the best memories life has to offer. Happy August everyone and I will see you in September!

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