Getting Refreshed with Family Time

Cookouts, fireworks, dirty feet, summer camp, fireflies, giggling cousins, and lots of sunscreen means summer is here.

It’s a busy time full of fun, but boy does it fly by. Summer for us is a time for getting refreshed, re-energized, and recharged, but that can easily get lost in the hectic schedules we allow to bog us down.

So with our children already in high school (whoa), we’re trying to be very intentional about carving out time for our family to spend quality down time together before school starts in the fall. And what better way to refresh than to get away from the laundry, yard work, and other daily routines with a family vacation full of fun.

Of course in addition to all the fun activities a vacation offers, favorite summer foods are a big part of our family vacations and downtime. Homemade ice cream, juicy watermelon, or a crisp cool drink can’t be beat, especially during the heat. An all-time favorite for me has been ginger ale.

From a young age I remember coming in from a fun day at the beach to find a cool, sparkly glass of ginger ale waiting for me. Its refreshing crispness hit the spot like no other — the perfect way to cap off a wonderful day and cool off.

To this day, no other drink says “happy” or “comfort” for me like ginger ale does.

I get on a plane headed for a special destination, I order ginger ale. Out for a special dinner with my family, I order ginger ale. It’s a happy drink for sure. And refreshing? Definitely.

I’d love to hear how you’re going to get refreshed this summer. What plans do you have? A special trip? A grand event? A personal goal met? Do share.

And remember, time will flee if you don’t grab it now. Happy summer!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says

    I can’t wait to try those seltzer waters. I love gingerale too :) Like you it goes all the way back to my childhood. Your summer is looking like sooo much fun so far, Amy!

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    Tracy says

    I’m relaxing at the OBX now, but after seeing the gorgeous shore photo above, I’d rather be there! What coastline is that? Nothing prettier than a white beach and teal water…takes me away like nothing else.

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    I am loving this article. It’s full of life. I usually like to spend my summer with my family going on picnics. It’s just fun laying on the sun and sharing good foods to eat. And I am loving that phrase “it is good to be you”.

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    What a lovely post, Amy and fantastic pictures of your giggling kids. I drink glass upon glass of seltzer water, with a squeeze of lime, everyday. It’s the easiest, tastiest way to keep myself hydrated. I’ll be looking for these Seagram’s seltzer waters.

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    Your photos make me want to get to the beach and have some ginger ale! I do believe the hay fields will prevail though.

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    Just hanging out! My husband is looking forward to this Star Wars convention in August in Orlando- i’m a dork because I have fun going too!

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    I’m a ginger ale fan, too, and those seltzer waters look tasty. Have I told you your kids are gorgeous? Love the photos!

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    Marly says

    Great post, Amy. I agree finding time for family with teens can be a challenge. Great photos!

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    bean says

    OMG these beach pics are gorgeous. I LOVE ginger ale and I love your blog. This summer- I have many goals and things I would love to do- but one recipe I want to try to stay refreshed- cucumber watermelon lo-cal cocktail….wooohoo!

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    Elmer Orren says

    Ginger produces a hot, fragrant kitchen spice.[5] Young ginger rhizomes are juicy and fleshy with a very mild taste. They are often pickled in vinegar or sherry as a snack or just cooked as an ingredient in many dishes. They can also be steeped in boiling water to make ginger tea, to which honey is often added; sliced orange or lemon fruit may also be added. Ginger can also be made into candy, or ginger wine which has been made commercially since 1740.*

    All the best to you

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