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{Monday Madness: Saying Goodbye to Summer}

I don’t know about you, but I’m a little freaked out that this is the last week of August. Where in the world did summer go? On Facebook all of the moms are talking about their kiddos heading back to school. Back to school already? Labor Day is this weekend? Wait a minute, this all just needs to slow down! In two months I will have been married a year and that is just craziness I tell you. I don’t even remember what I did this summer.

Summer is my favorite season and it always passes too quickly. It feels like the shortest season because everyone says its over once Labor Day hits. But its not over! The pools close, barbecues stop, and fall shopping begins. But we’re cutting summer short! We aren’t giving summer our full attention. It won’t stop being hot here just because Labor Day happened, but the days will get shorter and the nights will get longer. And my beloved summer will be gone.

So I’m going to try and recap all of the fun stuff I did before Labor Day because this blog is not only to share my life with the world (which is totally creepy on some level). It’s also for me to be able to look back and see what was going on in my little corner of the world.

June was a super busy month for me:

  • Celebrated my sister Ashley’s 40th birthday the first weekend of June in Florida with my two sisters. We had a blast! We went to the Breakers for massages, spent our days at the beach, and our nights enjoying wine and good food. We’ve decided to make a yearly trip together, just the three of us, since we have so much fun together and its a nice treat for my sisters to have a little “girl time” away from the kiddos.
  • For the first time in years I got to spend quality time catchin up at the new NY Ave Beach Bar with my galpals Jackie and Andrea. The three of us haven’t been in the same place together for at least three years. It was so good to laugh, share stories, and rekindle our friendship.
  • I went to Myrtle Beach for the first time ever with Andrew and my in-laws. We took the train down and loved every second of it. I got to see parts of the US I never would without Amtrak. No hassle of checking your bag, sitting in a tiny little seat, staying buckled in and not able to roam about as you want, no waiting for the small package of peanuts to arrive. Amtrak was such freedom, and I loved it. And Myrtle Beac, what a great place! The condo we stayed in was fabulous, the sand was soft, the water was warm, the food was deelish. It was very relaxing to have my toes in the sand, explore a new place, and play skeeball again (I hadn’t done that in years).
  • The last week in June was crazy. My LadyFriend won a trip to NYC to meet Betsey Johnson. We stayed in the most amazing place, The Mark Hotel, and were treated like royalty. I ran around Central Park for the first time, and had the opportunity to ride a beach cruiser around the entire Park with my friends. I was attacked by a homeless guy for stealing his $1 off of the ground. And then I saw a dog get run over over. BUT I met Oprah! She was so gracious and kind, and looked so regal. We didn’t end up meeting Betsey (she didn’t show) but we did have the most expensive meal I’ve ever had in my life. We had caviar, and roset, and decadent desserts. It will probably be one of the best memories of my time with my LadyFriends. I miss those girls.

July is always family vacation month, so I usually remember nothing more, but this year in additon to my family vacay:

  • We spent July 4th at my in-laws. We bbq’d, lit fireworks (like serious fireworks), and had a great time together.
  • Andrew and I went to Virginia Beach to spend some time with my parents. We went to the beach and did some of the best people watching ever. Going to visit always makes me miss the 757. It’s such a slower pace of life and everything is so easy to get to (the grocery store, the mall, the 7-11, the library, your place of employment, etc.). It also makes my parents a lot…maybe one day I’ll be able to get back down there.
  • We had our first neighborhood bbq. We’ve never invited our neighbors over before. It was a lot of fun. We cooked burgers, hot dogs, drank, played cornhole out front. It was a really good time and it was nice to finally start to feel like part of the crew.
  • Andrew competed in his first ocean-based Sprint-Tri, with my BIL, the weekend before our family beach week began. He did awesome and I’m so so proud of him!
  • The last week of July was spent with my family at the beach. I love those weeks. It makes my get so emotional at this moment to write about it. I know that we are so lucky to love each other as much as we do, and have as much fun together as we do. I’m a lucky gal, and those beach memories just can’t be topped.

There wasn’t quite as much travel in August as the other months, but I’m starting to think I didn’t have a half bad summer did I?

  • I turned 32 and had a fantastic birthday weekend with my husband and my in-laws. My friends showered me with gifts, as did my family, and I realize I’m a very lucky gal. So many people care about me, and love me even when they probably shouldn’t. It’s a great feeling.
  • I met all of my Ragnar teammates and made some friends in the process. Our neighbors hosted a bbq so all of the Ragnar folks could get together prior to the race. Good group of people, sweet people, just good, nice people. I’m glad I’m running with them, I think it will be a seriously good time.
  • I went bridesmaid’s dress shopping with my bestie. She’s getting married in May and while this may not seem like something I should chronicle, its important to me, and to her. And I think we found the dress!
  • We celebrated Andrew’s brother’s birthday at the Cheesecake Factory. I’m a bit of food snob, BUT they do have some awesome avocado egg rolls. Don’t judge! 🙂

And there it is…my summer. In three months I’ve trekked up and down the East Coast and loved every minute of it. I’ve rekindled friendships, started new ones, and spent time with the people who mean most to me. I’ve lived. I’ve cried. I’ve laughed. I’m lucky. I won’t say goodbye to summer until I’m ready, but I do feel like I’ve really lived this summer and I hope you have too.


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2 thoughts on “{Monday Madness: Saying Goodbye to Summer}”

  1. Your reminiscing made me laugh and cry! You do have a loving-sweet family that includes a lot of friends who love you all too. Me, being one!
    Have you considered writing a book, Megan? You sure have the talent and the way with words. I would read it:-)

    1. Funny you should mention that MarciaMay! I actually have – and started it, and stopped it, and started it. I struggle with what I would actually write about…I start to write and then I think to myself “no one cares about this, and people certainly wouldn’t pay money to read about it!” But this morning I thought “Who cares if anyone pays money for it. Just write it Megan, just start writing and see what happens.” Between the paycheck place, Rodan+Fields, this blog, and trying to be the best wife/daughter/boss I can be, I don’t know if I’ll have the time. But I’m going to give it shot. Its worth a shot at least. Thanks for following along, the encouraging words, and your endless love for the McDaniel girls 🙂 xoxo

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