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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

First day of summer

Yahoo! Today is the first day of summer. Actually, the season officially starts at 7:09pm, if you want to be exact. (And here are a few photos we took last summer in Fire Island.)

Once I read in Oprah that a secret to happiness is keeping a gratitude journal every night--or even just telling yourself as you falling asleep--three things that you were grateful for that day and three things you're looking forward to the next day. Anything you're especially looking forward to this summer? Even something little!

P.S. Seven summer essentials...

87 comments:

Caroline, No. said...

What? I thought it was midsummer's day tomorrow?!

Beth said...

I am grateful for the opportunity to travel... coming East...long summer days (I am a teacher) and my weight loss journey... the second two I am have been enjoying for a couple weeks and the first I get to do next week!

Ash said...

this is sort of like the 1000 gifts post i'm doing with Sarah Tucker! she suggested making a list of 1000 gifts or little things or pretty things or photographs that we are thankful for (after reading a book of a similar title)... so far, i'm up to 200!!! but it's true, reminding yourself about the little things definitely improves attitude and the day, in general (:

lovely photos! happy happy summer!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Sunflowers and ice cream.

J+H @ Beyond The Stoop said...

WOOO happy summer!!

in celebration i'm going to sweat my butt off in times square tonight to do yoga with thousands of other new yorkers. i WAS looking forward to it (and still am) but it's going to be one big sweaty mess with how HOT it's supposed to be today!!

cheers.

Hope said...

A Shadow of Night, the sequel to A Discovery of Witches, comes out in 20 days. I can't wait.

Catherine Masi said...

Ah! These photos are so happiness inducing, so I am thankful for them today. I am also thankful for even the thought of taking a bicycle ride later this afternoon, evening walks with the husband + dog, and my crush on Band of Horses.

cyndi said...

Happy Summer! I love your blog and was wondering if you were going to do the "Summer Uniform" posts like last year? x

AVY said...

Makes me want to stand up and shout "God bless America", only I don't believe in God.

/ Avy
http://MyMotherFuckedMickJagger.blogspot.com



Kristen D said...

I'm looking forward to FIRE ISLAND!! I go to Saltaire (next to fair harbor) every summer with my friend's family.. you have to do the lighthouse tour! they have stickers (like the ones people put on their cars) that say "FI" but the I is a lighthouse.. so it looks like "F Lighthouses". Classic.

Jesse said...

so grateful for....
1.atticus (my five-month old perfect boy)
2. skinny cow ice creams that i enjoy guilt free
3. laughter. just started watching jim gaffigan's latest special and it's so hilarious.

Shannon said...

I'm looking forward to attending Alt Summit NYC in August! So excited and thrilled to meet other bloggers and be in NY, one of my favorite cities. :)

Jacob, Julie & Naomi said...

They have a bunch of cool pools, free spraygrounds, and a free lake/beach swim area in the city we live in, so I was looking forward to taking my kids to play in the water this summer, but my 2-year-old is TERRIFIED of it all. Oh well... I guess we'll have to find another way to keep cool this summer!

Sarah said...

My baby turning 1 tomorrow! Surviving the first year of motherhood. Watching him grow into a toddler. Family time, trip to Finland, & trip back east to see family & friends.

christine said...

His outfit totally looks like he's wearing an American flag. Very Patriotic. ;)

♥ Christine

Diana Mieczan said...

Aww..such sweet photos! Happy first day of summer:) xo

Elise said...

I'm looking forward to laying on the sand, with lots of sunscreen, finding time to read!
Any book recommendations?

Elise said...

I'm looking forward to laying on the sand, with lots of sunscreen, finding time to read!
Any book recommendations?

Melissa Blake said...

I'm grateful for my family and love how close we are!

Happy summer! xoxo

Ashley Gale said...

Happy first day of Summer to you and your family! Love the photos on the beach! xxoo, ashley {a {little} dash of ash}

CP and KW said...

Wonderful post! Such happy mama and boy! I am most looking forward to longer days spent browsing farmers markets and taking evening walks with my husband. :)

~CP, ladiesinnavy

Tiffany Taylor said...

I am looking forward to summer's slower pace, the longer days, and how often we'll be able to take the twins on evening wagon rides!

Christina Marie said...

Looking forward to warm summer nights with a cold cocktail in one hand and bug repellent in the other! Happy Summer!

Christina
www.becauseofmadalene.com

Joanna Goddard said...

cyndi, good idea! i had forgotten about those. :) will get on it!

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, christine, i know. he's totally captain america. and sarah, happy birthday to your sweet little one!!

A FANCY DAY said...

I'm just so excited to get some sun on this white skin of mine. The sun always makes you feel better!

jennyg said...

I am sooo excited for this summer...leaving for Europe July 4th, how patriotic!!, for 6 weeks traveling with my 2 kiddos(9 & 7) all over the place, London, Edinburgh, Paris, Morocco, Madrid, Marcia...while my poor husband works in his London and Paris offices. Should be a blast and a true learning experience!!! Happy Summer!!

Trina said...

Summer Fridays, and an unexpectedly long Fourth of July weekend (five days!!) from my company.

Aja Lake [the gold hat.] said...

i'm looking forward to attending alt-nyc in august but, what's really got me giddy is the thought of spending some time in the city with michael. i'm planning the entire trip as a surprise; it'll be his (can you believe it?) first visit! hip, hip, hooray!

xx,
Aja Lake
the gold hat.

Nesa said...

I'm going to Spain next week!!! I'm doing a 6-week study abroad session in Salamanca. I am beyond excited (although, I'm a bit nervous traveling by myself. What if I get lost??? Eeeps!)!!!

Jacquelineand.... said...

What sweet photos!

I'm looking forward to:

the first perfectly ripe tomato from the garden...

crisp, cool summer salads...

midnight picnics with good food and long conversations by candlelight...

Simply Marilla said...

I keep a gratitude journal and it has helped me get through some really rough times. Remebering all the good in your life really does create real, pure joy. Occasionally at dinner I have my boys tell me a few things they are grateful for that day.

alexis russell said...

i LOVE this post!! it made my morning, as your posts often do;) so, i am grateful for that. for my sweet + beautiful silas. and for the songs of the birds outside my window.

angela said...

Looking forward to outside brunches with my bf and beachy pick-nicks.

Emom said...

SWEET!.....smiles

Heather said...

I am looking forward to volunteering at the summer camp I attended as a child and worked at in college!

kendra said...

diet cherry limeades from Sonic. They make summer better

Em-Jae said...

Looking forward to this summer:

1. The weddings of two very close friends

2. A day in SF with my mom

3. A chance to slow down and craft

:] Thanks for the reminder to be thankful!

Orchid Grey said...

After moving 13 hours away from friends and family (and the Atlantic ocean) I am SO excited to be roadtripping home with my husband for ten days in July. Bonfires, surfing, and relaxing with family is what I'm looking forward to in those 10 days this summer.

Taylor Yves said...

Been a long time reader and I just have to say I can tell you've put a lot of effort into your blog this past year. It's always fresh, original and quality. Way to go!

PS: I totally think those photos of you and Toby are going to end up in a frame in his house when he's all grown up. Talk about timeless.

tara polly said...

i'm the queen of gratitude journaling! it's the secret to my inner peace. love this post.

Mercy Oyana said...

GRATITUDE. I'm all about it. Here's what I'm grateful for:

1. my friend letting me borrow her car
2. fashion blogs =)
3. chocolate chip cookies

www.loveMercyMe.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

I'm looking forward to my new "job" as a stay at home Mom!

Ashley@MarriedLane said...

I love that! Such a great idea. With two toddlers, I tend to hurry to bed each night, hoping no little feet will come down the hallway to my room before I can fall asleep. I think reminiscing on my day and actively thinking about things that I can be grateful for will definitely improve my sleep :)

parisianantipodean.com said...

I'm grateful that I'll be in PARIS for summer..and forever (hopefully!).

AP said...

Growing up in South Florida means I LOVE Summer in NYC - the sticky heat feels like home!

Things I'm both greatful for and looking forward to:

SUMMER FRIDAYS!!!

Prippy Handbook said...

I'm always grateful for summers spent by the ocean in Stone Harbor, NJ... and the memories they bring back of my childhood there.

Oh, and a reason to have ice cream a bit more often!

Wanted to share my favorite quote that I always think of when summer arrives.

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

sip-n-wear said...

Ahhhh so cute!

Mollie D said...

We leave Friday for ten days on Mackinac Island!

sallynpetit said...

Nice hat!!

feathermar said...

I'm looking forward to barbeques in our new backyard! Drinking beers and eating burgers!

Gracie said...

I'm happy with just now! Watching Grayson Perry's 'In the best possible taste' and reading your blog in the ad break :) Very much looking forward to seeing The Stone Roses in Manchester next weekend and then again a week later in Dublin! xx

Amy Klepser said...

Love the Tigers Hat!!

VintageDanielle said...

Cute photo! In my positive psychology course, there were positive evidence that the graditude journal works in increasing happiness and well-being

Michelle said...

going to Napa with my sweet boyfriend is definitely at the top of the list along with...one my best friends moving to NY in July...

but for the little things..

i cant wait to wear extra cooling sundresses , go farmers market shopping for season bests, drinking lots of chilled rose, and summer concerts in the park! YEAY!

glimmersnaps said...

While I'm in NO WAY looking forward to the melting heat that is already upon us...

This summer will bring the wonderful month of Ramadan (fasting and praying with a billion other Muslims worldwide) and the birth of a new niece (who I get to go and help take care of!!)

I think gratitude is so important for everyone. Whenever I feel frustrated or tired or overwhelmed, I try to think of all the things that went right and are good in my life. The more you practice, they more it helps!

CHEVRON and GEOMETRICS said...

This is so sweet. Summer takes my breath away.
I just am so thankful for the freedom that summer brings and am looking forward to all that will entail throughout the rest of the season.
xxx

Cynthia said...

I remember watching an Oprah episode 15 years ago where she spoke about gratitude journals. I was in 10th grade and I'm sure I'll be embarrassed by what I wrote but I kept it up for awhile.

This summer I'm really looking forward to my twins being born (4 more weeks!!!).

Happy Summer to you and your family (Toby can pull of any look, can't he?)

Jordan Jaked said...

I make a 'what i did list' instead of a 'to-do list' almost every night!! It makes me a lot less anxious.

This is my last summer living in North Carolina. I'm moving to Athens in the fall for graduate school, so I have a huge list of Raleigh must-dos before I leave.

My favorite?
Tiramisu and wine (or a latte..) at the airport's observation deck. Living big ;)

-Jordan of A Little Bit of Lillybit

Priscilla said...

awww, Toby's dressed so festively!
My family and I are going to Hawaii for a week in August, so I'm excited about that!

Volare said...

My fiancee and I always share something we're proud of or one of the highlights from our day when we're going to sleep. Sometimes I think "oh what else could we possibly have to share today?" but it sometimes surprises me and always make the day a little bit brighter.

Urban Nester said...

Such sweet photos of you and your babe. You look so happy and lovely. I'm so glad it's finally summer :]

Molly
http://alwaysamrsforeverakidd.blogspot.com

Vicki ShoppeGirls said...

Gorgeous photos.

craftysunday said...

This summer, as always, I am looking forward to the fall!

Cheers,
Mindi

Bec said...

Cute photos! Looking forward to this summer...
1. My baby girl will be here!
2. Sunshine until the evening
3. Being able to finally have a drink after having been pregnant!

Wendy said...

The idea of a gratitude journal is brilliant! That way you wind down thinking happy positive thoughts. Love it!

Emily said...

I so love the idea of a gratitude journal, but then, I think my blog is kind of mine! I usually discuss the highlights of my day on there... Keeping positive is the key to happiness!

xoxo
Emily
emilyannestyle.com

Alina said...

Happy summer to you too! I'm really looking forward to it myself. I was considering going to Fire Island, but am not sure how well I will get around without a bike (I can't ride one). Any thoughts?

I am looking forward to swimming, frozen hot chocolate (which I've never tried), and adventuring more time outdoors, when it's light outside. The City really wakes up in the summer.

let go - have fun said...

"I just have to say I can tell you've put a lot of effort into your blog this past year. It's always fresh, original and quality. Way to go!"

I agree! I really appreciate the quality and variety of A Cup Of Joe. It is a site I check daily. It is like reading bits of a really good, yet personal, magazine. I think you have reformated what is a "blog" to a new level.

Bryna Faye Shields said...

I'll be working a lot this summer, but I'm looking forward to movies in the park, and having ice cream for breakfast :)

*** KITSCH *** said...

I love summer
the sun, the beach, the long days,

http://mykitschworld.blogspot.com.es/

Pamela RG said...

Thankful for the sunny and warm weather. Thankful for the time spent outdoors. I highly recommend the book "The Book of Awesome." Have a delightful summer!

Roxy said...

I'm grateful for laughter with friends, snuggling with my husband right before bedtime and those mornings when you wake up before your alarm and realize you have an extra 20 minutes to sleep in (like this morning!). I'm looking forward to teaching yoga this summer at some new places.

www.ontheroxyoga.com

Roxy said...

I'm grateful for laughter with friends, snuggling with my husband right before bedtime and those mornings when you wake up before your alarm and realize you have an extra 20 minutes to sleep in (like this morning!). I'm looking forward to teaching yoga this summer at some new places.

www.ontheroxyoga.com

Elena said...

I love summer, but summers in England are very different to those I grew up with in Canada and Italy. And that makes me a little sad. Still... it's our first wedding anniversary this summer. And that's making me smile.

xx
Elle
http://www.randomlyhappytoday.blogspot.co.uk

Catarina Pereira said...

Have a nice summer! Nice photos...

sian said...

today i'm grateful for being back at home together with my sons and papa m, a nearly completed kitchen refurb (thanks bro!), good friends and stories with my tiddler o-o

this summer i'm looking forward to spending sunshine-y days with my loves, eating watermelon and getting a bit more sleep

X

Michelle Marie said...

2 cuties!!

PS. Your smile in that last photo reminds me a lot of Rachel McAdams!!

Cynthia said...

cute hat! Go Michigan!

Janet said...

My summer baby — due July 7th! Toby's a doll :)

CamMi Pham said...

Amazing photos :) love the little boy he is so adorable
x
cammi
http://www.cammilicious.com

Victoria said...

awww adorable pictures!!

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to taking my boys to their first Tiger's game!

Taryn Louise said...

I recently read a saying that you can't be grateful and unhappy at the same time. And I loved that. I celebrated yesterday too, with a bonfire at the beach! happy summer!

Ali Masterson said...

I'm looking forward to spending a week at the beach with my favorite guys in my life (my husband, toddler son, and golden retriever) to feeling the sand under my feet and to drinking loads of lemonade!

Thanks for sharing that Oprah tidbit. I try to say prayers every night in my head as I'm falling asleep but this is definitely being added in!

Amielle said...

For the last ten years or so, every night before we go to bed, we gather in our living room and we go around and each person gets to share three good things that happened to them that day. At least three. Sometimes there's a list that goes on and on and some days there are just the three, but it helps to remind us that even on 'bad days' good things still happen.

Raquel said...

Can you please, please let me know where you got the outfit? :) it is adorable!! as well as the model of course! sooo cute!!

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