Summers of the Past

It’s almost here! The end of summer and the return of the fall routine. Fall is fast approaching on the calendar even though the thermometer may not be cooperating. As summer draws to a close, I wanted to take the opportunity to post with the beautiful ladies of The Blended Blog one more time during this August series. Today it’s all about Summers of the Past. If you’re stopping by from Deena’s blog Shoes to Shiraz, I’m super glad to have you!

When I think of summers of the past, I fondly remember a few vacations to Florida and specifically Walt Disney World. My dad had the opportunity to attend a conference in Orlando right about the time Disney World opened it’s doors for the very first time. He spent just enough time there to know he wanted to bring his family and allow them the experience. Therefore the very next summer we were smack dab meandering our way through the happiest place on earth – The Magic Kingdom. This was the seventies, baby and oh how I wish I some photos to share with you from that experience but I couldn’t find any and honestly I don’t remember if we took pictures.

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image via Walt Disney

What I remember is the frightful experience of Space Mountain. I am terrified of rollercoasters. Who knew it was a roller coaster? Not my family! I enjoyed many of the other rides and experiences, though. The Haunted Mansion and It’s a Small World are more my speed.

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Spooky bluish glow of the exterior of the Haunted Mansion at night

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all Disney images via Walt Disney

We also spent some time at the beach while we were in Florida. St. Augustine is the oldest city in the US and as I remember the beach was fabulous. My blogging friend, Sheila from Making the Most of Every Day lives close to St. Augustine and wrote a fabulous post about what to do while you’re there. You can read it here.

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image via Visit St. Augustine

As a kid the best vacation that I remember was in Florida and as an adult it was another trip to Florida that was the BEST vacation. My hubby had just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq and we headed to Florida to hit the beach and reconnect after over a year apart.



We drove all the way to Pompano Beach and chilled for about 10 days. I wish I had more pictures but I think they are on an old lap top that kinda bit the dust. Oh, well…just image an almost vacant beach the week after Labor Day. So beautiful and so peaceful!


We snorkeled for the first time. He loved it! It was just okay for me. I don’t like to be involved in any activity where my feet are not firmly planted on the bottom of something. But glad we did it!


The big joke of the trip was eating at Bubba Gumps. Forrest Gump is one of Dale’s all-time favorite movie.


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So for real what did we do? We ate, went to the beach, walked through the sites of town and talked. We just enjoyed being together after being apart for so long.

Next stop today is over at Sheila’s blog, Making the Most of Every Day. She’ll have something fabulous, I promise!

Well, what is your favorite summer of the past? Would love to hear about it in the comments!

Have a great day!

~Carrie xoxox







  • I love your short hair!! What sweet memories of both Florida trips! (Thanks for the shoutout!)
  • ' just enjoying being together'...that's what summer is all about to me! Loved seeing your pictures!
  • You guys are the cutest! Every summer all the cousins piled in my uncle's van (no seat belts, we just rolled around in the back) and headed to Disneyland. So many great memories!
  • You two are too cute together! Loved the old pictures of you guys and walking down memory lane with you.
  • Mother of 3
    Such a sweet look back at your favorite summer.