my summer list

Summer is a fantastic time of year...but I can't really think of a time of year that isn't great, each season is in its own way. Autumn is cozy and cool with rich, warm colors and crackling leaves. Winter can be nice when you're wrapped in a blanket with a good book and drinking hot chocolate like you can't survive without it. Spring is beautiful because it's after winter, when you've been inside for what seems like forever, and it's when flowers bloom and the world thaws out once again.

And summer? It means little or no school, swimming at my grandpa's house, the cool feeling of air conditioning in the daytime, only one blanket on your bed at nighttime, hazy colors of pinks and greens, re-reading books for the fourth time. This year it will mean going to camp and doing things I've never done before -- stepping outside my comfort zone. I'm excited for this summer

Every year, in preparation for summertime, my mom, sister, and I always make a list of things we want to do. This year, in addition, I thought I'd make one of my own. This is just the start, I'll add to the list as I think of more things. Here it is.


M Y  S U M M E R  L I S T  [ t w o  t h o u s a n d  t w e l v e ]

Get a tan
Do the Summer Pursuit
Go to camp
Read the Love Comes Softly series (it's a tradition)
Read the Chronicles of Narnia
Finish the Elsie Dinsmore series
Get a large blizzard at Dairy Queen
Lay on a quilt in the yard and read
Go swimming
Make a blueberry pie
Sell things at the farmer's market
Learn the basics of photographing in manual mode
Get strawberries from the strawberry bed
Start a blog series
Make homemade popsicles
Re-do my room


What are you looking forward to this summer?


  1. Have I told you how much I love this new design. Oh, well, I'll say it again. It makes me absolutely gush.

    Also, that list is epic. I'd like to do a few of those things myself ;) Can you believe I've never even tasted blueberry pie?


  2. I'm with you, I need to get a tan this summer... lol Sound like it should be a good summer. :)

  3. so true - every season is beautiful. this summer, i'm looking forward to film photography camp, reading and re-reading, doing my room, writing, and just now adding laying on a quilt in my yard to read to my list :)
    and once you learn to shoot in manual, you won't want to go back - it's so incredible to have control over your images.

  4. Love, love, love the Love Comes Softly Series!! Great goals for the summer!! :)

  5. What a lovely Summer to-do list :)

  6. I kind of have a bucket list for the summer,but it needs a re-do+a lot more items on it. I love the love come softly movies+always say,'I gotta read the books.' I should do that this summer!,I cannot wait to go to camp @ the word of life island,+just for summer to come..I love summer!(if you can't tell.) I am also re-doing my room;can't wait :)

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  8. So excited for this summer. I'm volunteering to be a counsellor at my favorite Christian camp EVER. Planning for lots of swimming, slushie-drinking, hanging with friends, and PICTURES. So many of them.

    That second picture is SO fun, by the way. And Narnia - is just too awesome for words. My favorite book is either The Horse and His Boy or The Silver Chair.

    Abbie /// XOXOX

  9. Those photos are wonderful, and your list is great! Lovely post and blog as always xx

  10. I like your summer list, and the photos. Narnia never gets old

  11. Hey! I just wanted to tell you how much I loved your recent comment on my post. It means a lot for you to say something like that! :) (since I love your blog and pictures so much)...

  12. Hello Hayley! =)
    I'm stopping by via Reflections of Grace. =) And I discovered that your blog is amazing...I love your photography, beautiful design work and writing...excited to stop back, Lord willing. =) Oh, I'm looking forward to a lot of things this summer! Two that come to mind are: going to my grandparents' place at the lake and mini photo session with two 'lil cousins. =) Blessings, Hayley!

    With Joy in Christ,
    P.S. Do you have a suggestion for tutorials on blog design? (how you learned to do your design?) Thanks, Hayley! =)

  13. i love your words. and your photos. oh, and can i steal that list? :)

  14. Great list! I'm looking forward to a lot of the same things!

  15. Nice summer list and photos! I'm looking forward to hanging out with friends and family and having no school! :)

  16. thanks for linking up Haley! :D Your summer list looks adventurous ;)
    Have lovely day, Jesus loves you :)

  17. Hey dear,

    I'm sorry, I've been gone for a while and haven't got the time to comment on anyones' blog. But now I'm back! Ready to be inspired.

    And those pictures are brilliant, awesomeness. The lighting is perfect! ;) And your writing, is so nice... like the warm sun on a breezy day.

    I love your list. It's such a nice list. I'm too lazy to make a list, but I am looking forward to camping this weekend (I'm not prepared at all), and Junior Lifeguard, and pretty much just lazing about with my family. It's so nice to have them all home. ;)

    Can't wait for more on your summer adventures. ;)

  18. Great idea, coming up with a list to accomplish during the summer :)