Hello Summer

Hello Summer
{inspired by Lisa Leonard’s Hello Monday Series}

Hello chubby cheeks, and melted sticky popsicle that collects in the creases of your neck.

Hello tan Summer {and shoe-less} toddler toes.

Hello to my go-to Summer shoes.

Hello local kiddos learning to sail.

And hello crazy lake mansions that I love to gawk at {and imagine I live in}.

Hello to a Baby W who would love to go swimming all day long.

And hello to a baby who prefers falling in the pool rather than jumping.

Hello to the hammock that I have good intentions of finally using.

Hello old cement duck named Gladys that we have to visit every day, so that Baby W can point and say Guck, Guck.

Hello to Baby W’s best buddies.
And hello to the Buzz Lightyear that was mine when I was a kid {top shelf, far left, standing up}.

Hello evening game night with hot chocolate and whipped cream on the back patio.

Hello new-fangled Monopoly board {I miss the classic version}.

Hello to my favorite Monopoly properties.

Hello to the braggy winner of game night and hello to the poor sport behind the camera.

And Hello to our Summer fun list:

1. Walk to the lake and feed the ducks
2. Ride bikes around the lake
3. Go to the Santa Barbara zoo
4. Go to Underwood Family Farms and pick berries
5. Learn to bake a homemade pie with said berries
6. Teach Baby W to swim
7. Get shaved ice
8. Build a sand castle at Zuma beach
9. Go on a picnic
10. Make a tent in the living room and watch a movie
11. Go on a night walk
12. Make water balloons
13. Finger paint
14. Take Baby W fishing
15. Throw fish back in lake
16. Have a back “patio” BBQ with friends
17. Get a wagon
18. Play in the sprinklers
19. Visit the fire station
20. Take Baby W to pick out a new book at Barnes & Noble
*what am I forgetting?

What’s on your Summer list?

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    June 29, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Very cool that he plays with your buzzlightyear! And, I'm in love with your summer fun list (Zuma beach is awesome!) I think I may copy it and do everything on there as well 🙂

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    June 29, 2011 at 7:34 am

    As always, beautiful photos! 🙂

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    Nicole @ Miss Mommy
    June 29, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Have I told you lately, that I love you?. I seriously love your posts. How kissable are Baby W's lips in that first picture?!

    I would be absolutely honoured if you followed me and would probably faint with disbelief!!!

    You are such an inspiration to me, and if I am half the woman you are I would be SOOO lucky. xx

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    June 29, 2011 at 9:10 am

    what a perfect post. little baby W is just so cute x

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    maduixetes surprise
    June 29, 2011 at 9:34 am

    lovely photos!

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    Casey Martinez
    June 29, 2011 at 10:57 am

    your list reminds me of when I lived in CA because I did all of those things on a regular basis more or less. Kinda miss having all those things so close by! Love your pics and the fun things you have been doing!

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    Jessica @ jessicaNdesigns
    June 29, 2011 at 11:30 am

    LOVED this post!! It inspired me to make a summer list! I might have to share it on my blog soon! Hope you are well!! xoxo

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    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too
    June 29, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Wonderful post with perfect summer pictures! It made me smile!

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    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too
    June 29, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Wonderful post with perfect summer pictures! It made me smile!

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    June 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    goodness, look at those puffy baby lips! so cute. and amen for shoeless, tan summer feet. that's my favorite part of summer i think. which is saying a lot cause summer is my favorite time ever.

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    June 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Hello crazy lake mansions indeed. Hook me up with one of those and I swear, SWEAR, I won't ever ask for anything again.

    Backyard game night looks pretty wonderful. I might settle for one of those.

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    Jill @ A Mom With A Lesson Plan
    June 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I need a game night…

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    June 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    What a fun summer post! I'm loving the duck…to cute! I wish I lived by sailboaters…I think it would be so relaxing to watch them!

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    June 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I love that you & your husband play Monopoly! My hub & I used to play all the time and actually played a couple nights ago (he won, too.. of course)

    This post is awesome and is inspiring me to make my own Summer list 🙂

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    June 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    my list:
    water park
    downtown chicago
    IL state fair
    catch fireflies
    bike rides & park
    water balloons
    read aloud together (working on the Mandie series now)
    and so much more!
    we love summer!

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    Life on Pause
    June 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Ashley, I think the only thing you're missing is sidewalk chalk time…unless Baby W would eat it. I think that's my favorite part of summer, is spending all day on the warm side walk drawing, then waiting to see how long it can hold out before the sprinklers or rain wash it away. Then, you just start again =)


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    June 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    such a fun post!! It looks like you're enjoying your summer with your men 🙂 LOVE your summer list..motivated me to make my own! XO

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    jessica lynn
    June 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    best of luck with your summer fun list! looks like a great time!

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    Maeve Rachel
    June 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    This is so amazing! Looks like you have a great summer planned! =)

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    June 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    The fact that you have a Buzz Light Year Toy from your childhood makes me feel totally old. And I am totally not. 🙂

    Summer fun is nice. I am about to close this laptop and go get in on some myself.

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    June 29, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Awesome pics, Ashley!

    {{Side note: I was curious if you could share the in's and out's of the BlogHer network…I think I'm interested in it, that is if you have time. Thanks so much!!}}

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    June 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    -Have a baby
    -start running again


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    james @ agirlcalledjames
    June 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    love love love your pictures and your list looks like a lot of fun.

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    June 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I just found your blog after visiting "The Shine Project" and I love it! Absolutely adorable photos. Summer in So. Cal really is the best. 🙂
    ~ Angela

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    June 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I absolutely adore that first shot of the sailboats. What a fun look into your summer days! I'm loving your summer fun list, too: "play in the sprinklers". PERFECT. My to do list? Explore Philadelphia and take a million and one pictures (that latter is not quite literal).

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    Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs
    June 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    what a cute post! I love this idea! 🙂

    How cool that Baby W plays with your old Buzz Lightyear!
    My daughter plays with my OLD strawberry short cake doll from when I was a kid. I got it from my great grandmother (who has now passed away) for Christmas when I was 9! My daughter is now 8.. and its crazy to think I have had it so long.

    I used to LOVE strawberry short cake, she was my FAVORITE cartoon ever. 🙂

    Great Summer list:
    Im loving the last one barnes and noble! When I lived in washington I would take my kids there, I LOVE how kid friendly it is! Since moving back to this small cowboy town in Cali we are not close to a B&N :(. I miss it!

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    June 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    the twinkly lights outside your balcony are so fun! I can't play monopoly with my husband – he takes cocky winner to the next level (or i MAY just be the sorest loser out there…)

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    Dyna Ly
    June 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I am going to make my Summer to do list this year. I find myself trying to everything the last two weeks of summer when I start realizing Fall is fast approaching.

    BTW, I love your pictures!

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    Nance Mommy
    June 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Hey Ashley, I noticed that you have fingerpainting on your list. Want a really fun recipe for scratch and sniff fingerpaint? And it makes the MOST vibrant paintings ever. Kool-Aid. That is right. You just put some kool-aid mix in a little dish and add just enough water to make it fingerpaint consistency. My kids love doing this. You could easily mark it off your list.

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    June 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Wow, the lake is so pretty!

    make sure to enter my giveaway!!

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    Michelle {Daydream Believers}
    June 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Aw, what a fun post! It looks like you are having a beautiful summer! That lake is beautiful! 🙂 Have a happy week! Michelle

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    What Sadie Did
    June 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    This is wonderful, I love your activities. M bf and I mentioned that we must start playing games (Scrabble is our fav!) again as we haven't lately!

    Sadie x

    ~ Giveaway on my blog! ~

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    Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea
    June 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    What a fun way to spend the evening! Love hot cocoa, Summertime, twinkly lights! Fun, fun!

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    June 30, 2011 at 1:21 am

    love your summer bucket list! great idea!

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    June 30, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Looks like such a fun summer! I've had 'get a wagon' on my to do list for the last two summers and I think this is going to be the summer I break down and get my little man one to ride around in 🙂

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    June 30, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Looks like your summer is off to a great start! Enjoy 🙂

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    June 30, 2011 at 3:38 am

    I just found your blog and spent the last hour reading it. I love it! You are darling!

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    Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea
    June 30, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Lovely and festive post!

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