Dreaming of Summer Days

Happy Hump Day! I hope you’re all having a great week so far.

Today is a wonderful day for New Englanders because the temperature is at a whopping 73 degrees… In the middle of February! We’ve had some harsh cold weather this winter, and to be quite honest, I’m so sick of it. I’ve been dreaming of summer for a couple of weeks now, so today’s weather has been a breath of fresh air (literally).

Getting to leave my apartment without a jacket, hat, and gloves on makes me ready for endless sunshine and warmer days! It got me thinking about the things I miss the most about spring/summer when I’m shivering away in negative degree weather:

Being outside: I was able to go for a nice walk today, which was so refreshing! The winter weather makes it difficult, and sometimes painful, to be outside for more than 3 seconds. I always miss being able to take walks in the evening while the sun is going down, or participate in fun outdoor activities like kayaking! I opened a window in the apartment and could hear little kids playing outside, which was so nice to hear!

Sunshine: This could go with being outside, but either way, those short winter days get old very fast. Plus, it gets so gloomy. I miss those sunny days with bright blue skies where everything feels more cheerful. Gotta get that Vitamin D!

Beach days: I don’t go to the beach often in the summer, but I’ve always loved going. Even though it can get pretty crazy with beachgoers, who doesn’t love soaking up some sun while relaxing on their favorite beach? My family takes a vacation down to the Jersey Shore every summer, so I’m really looking forward to that this year!

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(This was taken last summer in Newport, RI)

Overall, warm weather makes you feel good and there’s so much more to do. Even things like ice cream stands opening back up, summer cookouts , or just sitting outside with a good book to read are definitely missed during the winter!

For anyone else who longs for summer once the winter months start coming to a close, what do you miss the most about? For others, what are your favorite things about the warm weather in general?

Hot Cocoa on the Porch: The Glories of Cold Weather

Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a nice weekend.

As a New England resident, I love the changing of seasons. Summer, fall, winter, and spring each have their own beauty and I’m lucky that I get to experience all of it every year!

I’ve already mentioned that fall is my favorite season. However, I have to admit that winter is my least favorite because I’m not a fan of the cold weather. I get cold very easily; plus, the sun doesn’t shine as long during the day!

Now that it’s November and we’re heading towards the winter season, I thought I would put a positive spin on my dislike for cold weather and list some of the good things it brings! 

Christmas time – Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday!  I love the Christmas spirit, the decorations, putting ornaments on your tree, candy canes, Christmas music… Everything! I definitely don’t mind enduring the cold if it means I get to experience Christmas!

The first snow fall of the season – I think this event, whenever it happens, is so exciting. And I’m not talking about a dusting or flakes that instantly melt when they hit the ground. I mean actual snow that sticks to the roads, covers cars, and leaves a few inches on the ground so the world is under a blanket of white. It looks so pretty, too.

Blankets – Cold weather means breaking out those blankets and snuggling up on the couch! We have a bunch of blankets in the apartment, even a heated blanket that was given to us as a gift. Heated or not, blankets are perfect on a cold night or when you’re snowed in there’s no other choice but to have a movie marathon 🙂

Comfy sweaters – Oh man, I love sweaters! Even though you typically have to bundle up in the winter, your bundle can include your favorite comfy sweater. Add a nice scarf, a hat, and some warm boots and you’re ready to brave the cold!

Hot beverages like cocoa and apple cider – Who doesn’t love sipping hot cocoa or hot apple cider from their favorite mug? This is a nice treat to have at the end of a long day while you’re relaxing on the couch. You could even enjoy it outside on your porch or deck wrapped in one of those blankets if you’re up for it!

Sledding and ice skating – I’m not the best at ice skating, but it’s still fun to try! And sledding is always a fun time, especially when you find the perfect hill to ride down! Our apartment complex is on a hill, so I’m hoping we’ll have the chance to do a little sledding this winter!Lovely-53Lovely-164.jpgLovely-88 (1).jpgIs there anything you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments!

**All photos on this blog post were taken by Courtney Murray, Live Lovely Photography, our wedding photographer. We did a winter engagement photo shoot with her at the beginning of the year!