Those first days of summer vacation

For those in the U.S. today is Memorial Day, a time reserved for honoring all the men and women who passed away in military service. Parades, special ceremonies and cemetery decorations are often scheduled as a way to show our respect and to memorialize those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect and preserve our freedom and our nation.

For many, this is also the final day of a three-day weekend and the unofficial first day of the summer vacation season.

This month we’ve been talking about firsts here at Heart-Shaped Glasses—everything from first kisses and dates to first adventures.
As for me, I’m eager to hear all about your plans for the first days and weeks of summer vacation.

After a particularly long winter, I’m excited to finally see the sun and feel these warmer temperatures. The school year has ended so we’re no longer helping the little ones study for final exams or state standardized tests. The smells of freshly cut grass and charcoal grills and grilling meat wafts through the air. Everyone seems to be gardening, so beautiful bushes and flowers are blooming everywhere and fresh vegetable plants are just starting to peek from the red earth.

We’re making plans to visit family and friends we haven’t seen in a while and a trip to the coast to swim in the ocean and build sandcastles isn’t out of the question.

These first few weeks of summer vacation are stress-free and full of promise and excitement as we make plans for our well-deserved and long-awaited summer vacation.
So what are some of your suggestions? How do you and your loved ones spend your summer vacation?

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About Tina Vaughn

Tina Vaughn is an award-winning journalist and contemporary romance author who's always dreamed of being a writer. Her writing career began in elementary school when she wrote her friends' love letters to their boyfriends in exchange for Mickey Mouse ice cream bars. After spending nearly fifteen years as a journalist and newspaper editor, Tina remembered she preferred fiction to fact and began writing what she loves most...steamy contemporary romance. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with her husband and daughter, and is known for commemorating milestones with silver jewelry, tattoos and/or ice cream.

10 Responses to Those first days of summer vacation

  1. We’ve had a tough year here on Long Island too. Spring has been rainy and unseasonably COLD. Most years we’re in shorts by Memorial Day weekend – this year the heat was on in the house as it was 47 yesterday morning!
    We are definitely looking forward to summer around here and I especially enjoy the lazy days writing in my oversized swing.

  2. Nina Croft says:

    We don’t really have a summer vacation as such (maybe because neither of us actually ‘works’!) Probably for me the first sign that summer is here is jumping in the pool – though it’s a way off yet – I hate cold water!

  3. Bethanne says:

    I’m just looking forward to not spending gobs of money on gas for a few weeks. No carpool to school. No forgot lunches or after school activities.

  4. Sutton Fox says:

    We haven’t had summer vacation since the kids left home. But our grandson will be old enough to fly by himself next year, and we’re really looking forward to having him stay with us during his summer vacation. So is his mom. LOL!

  5. Jennifer Shirk says:

    It’s been cold and wet here too, so I am really waiting for that first taste of summer!
    We have two small trips on the schedule though–to visit friends.

  6. Summer means that we spend most of our evenings out on the back patio. This year we’ll have swim lessons and t-ball with our little guy. Hopefully we’ll squeeze in a little vacation too.

  7. Sally says:

    Camping, reading, extra writing, and lots of road-trippin’ to nowhere in particular. We’re good for going for ice cream…an hour away. Or just driving around from lake to lake to let the dog swim. Basically a whole lot of nothing, but that usually makes for the best family time together. 🙂

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