Summer Means Life Outdoors
Summer is my favorite season. I have lots of summertime memories that go back to my childhood and believe it or not, more than half are from our own backyard. Here in Georgia, we have a longer summer season which means getting, even more, time to enjoy.
Summer means warmer weather and longer days. Perfect for being outdoors no matter what your style is. You can sit back and relax or be active and enjoy all those outdoor sports. The choice is up to you.
Warm weather to me means being outside as much as possible. The key for me has been to have a good patio set or some outdoor furniture. Some look for comfort while others are more about presentation.
For me, a spot for relaxing in the sun is a must. I don’t have to be lying down but being able to lean back and put my feet up makes for a wonderful day. And of course some shade for keeping cool when the heat becomes too much. A good table umbrella can provide just the perfect amount of protection. And when it starts to get dark, you can add lights that connect to the underside to create that perfect soft glow.
For more enjoyment out of the twilight/night hours, throw up some lights throughout the yard and tiki torches as they help with bug control too.
Growing up we always had a volleyball net that could also be used for badminton. We also had a Croquet set. Croquet is another cheap and easy game the family can enjoy. You don’t need a lot of space and can easily clean up the equipment and put it away. No clutter and your yard will look like nothing ever happened.
With my own kids, we always have a large storage bin of outside toys: like trucks, bubbles, chalk, jump ropes and building blocks. They can play for hours with no fighting. And at the end of the day, everything goes back into the bin. Nothing gets lost, broken or leaves a mess.
My brother and I spent every minute we could in the pool as kids. My parents choose an above ground pool to avoid frogs and snakes as we lived in the country. It was the perfect size to have a deck to lounge on and big enough to cool off, play pool volleyball and get exercise without feeling like you are.
Even though my brother and I were strong swimmers, we were never allowed to be in the pool unless one of my parents were home. So the deck was the place to hang out. I would set up my portable radio (no iPods or cell phones then), plenty of water and just bask in the sun.
The deck was great to enjoy cool summer nights. My parents would sit with a drink and just relax. Some mornings I even sat there relaxing with my morning coffee. I would sit listening to the water and feel so at peace.
I also grew up in the Ocean State so water has always been a big part of my life and I try to give my kids the same. While the ocean is much a further drive being in metro Atlanta, a pool is just as enjoyable. Even when my kids were young they always had a kid pool to play in and would literally play all day in it. With the Georgia heat, a pool is almost a necessity in the summer. And with a longer warm season, it is ideal for only have about three cold months.
If you can not have a pool, sprinklers have come a long way for outdoor fun and staying cool.
We have always had a grill and even now, it’s my favorite way to cook. Thanks to Georgia’s mild winters, I even grill during this time. But I dream of someday having a true outdoor kitchen. They are beneficial as living here in Georgia it can get really hot during the summer and cooking makes your home feel like an oven. Cooking outdoors keeps not only your home cooler but you too. And I don’t just mean temperature wise. My kids love eating outdoors. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. They don’t want to be inside and beg to eat on the patio.
An outdoor kitchen would be so much more than just a grill. Enjoy having an oven and refrigerator right there. Add plenty of prep space and there would be no worrying about going in and out of the house. Everything in one space. This is an added bonus when entertaining. No worries if the house is clean for everyone stays outside.
GET THE BEST MATERIALS
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RELAX AND ENJOY
Now that you have the perfect outdoor living space, it’s time to enjoy it. Invite friends to come and enjoy a meal together. Play some of those games. Watch a movie or make some smores. Most important is to make some memories.
What is your perfect way to enjoy the summer?