The Jilb’s Top 5 Things of Summer

August 5, 2011

I realized this morning that we only have a month or so left of summer. Am I sad about this? I don’t really know. Anyways, it got me thinking about what my favorite things of summer are. Here’s my top 5 in descending order.

5. Watching TV

I bet you’re thinking that watching TV during the summer is stupid. Well, you’re wrong. And here’s why. For us, we have more time at night during the summer than any other time to watch TV. We love to catch up or start a new TV series because our kids go to bed relatively early. We do still watch a lot of TV during the fall and winter, but it just seems like we get more TV watching done during the summer. Or maybe we just watch a lot of TV. That’s probably it. We just watch too much TV.

The summer is a great time to catch up on all those shows you might have wanted to watch during Fall and Winter but didn’t have time for because you were already watching too much TV to begin with. We’re catching up on our Smallville right now. We plowed through Parks and Rec and Firefly earlier this summer, which are both great shows by the way.

I have a feeling though that watching TV could make my top 5 any time of the year. That’s just how we roll. Plus, it’s fun to watch 2-3 episodes a night of some new show you just found. That and eating lots of snacks. My rule is you must have a new snack with each episode you watch. Think ice cream treats, popcorn, candy, or some sort of baked good.

It’s a wonder how I lost any weight at all.

4. Summer Cuisine

It took me forever to think of the top 5 summer things I loved. I could only think of 4 and then it hit me. What do I love? Food! The smell of burgers being grilled, the sight of yellow sweet corn, ice cream, watermelon, and pretty much any other summer food. I can’t believe I didn’t think of you sooner, Burger. I’m sorry.

3. Backyard Volleyball

photo courtesy of Mike R.

We started playing volleyball in our backyard last year and it’s become a favorite. (At least to me. I’m sure some people are sick of me calling and saying, “Doesn’t it look like a perfect day for volleyball?” “Isn’t the weather outside perfect for volleyball. There’s no wind!” ) I love the ginormous orange ball we use. I think it’s like 8 feet wide. Seriously.

And we have these wires that come dangerously close to the top of the net. If a ball hits a wire you never know what could happen. It could bounce all crazy and smash back at you or it could land just out of the reach of the person it was going to — it’s like plinko in the backyard. I know it annoys some of our players, but I love it!!

I love that backyard volleyball is a game anyone can play. I also love that I feel a little rebellious because we tend to play when our three youngest kids are in bed. We’re having fun and they’re sleeping. Haha, suckers! And then I hear the Bear yelling, “Mommy! Mommy!” because he can see us through the blinds in his room. Poor boy. Go to sleep already.

2. More Family Time

Reinman has summers off (sorta), which means there’s more time for family things, like going to the beach, playing outside, and if we want we can drive 20 miles away to the closest town that has a Target so I can get Starbucks and browse for clothes or good deals. And then the kids get McDonald’s. So everybody wins. Except maybe Reinman since he’s trying to contain four loud, squirmy kids while I walk around with my pile of coupons looking for sales.

1. Iced Coffee

Surprise. Surprise. Since I learned how to make this awesome drink a couple months ago I am slightly obsessed. Slightly.

Spending more time with family should probably be number one, right? Oh, well. I am, as always, honest. So someone bring me some coffee!

And that leaves me to ask: What are your favorite things of summer?

— the Jilb



  1. You are such a clever and creative writer….did Aaron give you tips on writing?????
    Hmm, favorite things of summer, my list sort of follows your list (must be a mother-daughter thing):

    1. Getting to the cabin, rain or shine, and relaxing, reading and swimming.

    2. Drinking Rum-n-Cokes on a hot summer day (well, any day), which is a wee bit different than your iced coffees!

    3. Spending time with our children and grandchildren.

    And of course, one that doesn’t need to be rated because we all know where it fits in, is thanking God for how he has blessed all of us so that we can enjoy Him and all that we have; this does includes those juicy burgers and corn-on-the-cob!

    • Thanks, Mom. I generally have Aaron take a look at what I write but he doesn’t do a lot of tweaking. 🙂

      Love your list! Except for maybe the rum and coke. I’d definitely take a diet coke any day though!!

  2. This is a good one Jill, my top are…

    5. The 4th of July – Fireworks
    4. The cabin – fishing & boating
    3. Growing things – garden – eating tomatoes like an apple
    2. The food – summer salads, BBQ’s, strawberry rhubarb pie
    1. The beach

    • Tania- another great top 5! Some day I would love to have a garden and I’m sure that would be on my top 5 also. Summer is awesome!

  3. (really in no particular order)

    5.Warmth, especial in the context of the frozen north 🙂 I really love getting in my car on a hot day and knowing that no part of me is cold… on the flip side one of the worst things of summer is thinking,”4 months from now I will be trekking through snow again:)”

    4. lightning bugs

    3. Monday night Softball games. I love going to watch the hubs play softball… I do not however like the inevitable cleaning of the orange ring-O-softball dirt that accumulates in my bathtub.

    2. The smell of fireworks, cut grass, and hotdogs all wrapped into one. Oh! and the smell of sunscreen coupled with the smell of some form of water. Either chlorinated pool or musty lake, they both have their own charm to them.

    1. Now that we are down south I must say that we enjoy Sonics 1/2 price summer happy hour from 2pm-4pm. Nothing says summer like a strawberry lime-aid.

    • Lauren- can you believe I’ve never eaten at Sonic before? I’ve heard such great things about them too!! I also love the smell of cut grass and the look of it too!!

  4. Baseball.
    And getting out of a rut.

    Awwww, let’s try again.

    Not being cold.
    At least one summer vacation, hopefully with fish
    And, uh…Baseball.

    • Haha!

      Oh, yes, baseball is a great one!!

  5. Summer landscapes – summer brings out the best in most people’s yards. Thunderstorms. Teeny Weeny Donuts (at the fair, street dance, or sidewalk days-doesn’t matter!). And to drink it’s a toss up between sun-tea and lemonade-the kind where you cut a lemon in half, add ice, sugar, water, and shake,shake,shake. Yummy!
    McCarthy Beach – paradise
    Blueberry and/or strawberry picking

    • I also love thunderstorms and mini donuts!!! Mmm..

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