Monday Listicles

Hurray for summer!!

Well not around here, yet… After we were given the most beautiful warm weather in Pacific Northwest for a week, it all went away. Raining as I type this. But on the bright side it is making my weeds grow.

I called for an easy peasy list last week so that all of you spend less time in front of the computer and more time with your loved ones during Memorial day. But even a short list of ten words only can be powerful and tell a story! It was a wonderful way to get to know more about your homes. Thank you all for playing along.

Today we are writing 10 SUMMER MEMORIES.

Next week is Ellen and Erin’s turn to choose the topic. Ladies are the beauty, brains and funny bones behind The sisterhood of sensible moms. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find out what they would like us to write our lists. I had a sneak peak and it is a good one!!

First thing is first. Let me see what memories you have of summer.

Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!




1. My grandpa getting me my first camera from the summer fair at the seaside. He said I can have it at the end of the holiday. It squirted water. It made me feel like a real photographer. I was 4.
2. The first Scouts camping trip by lake Bohinj. Ten days, no parents. I shared a tent with Tamara. I was 7 years old. I remember we failed the cleanliness inspection one day. And we hiked all day every day. Still one of my favorite places on Earth.
3. Summer camps in Poreč. It was the highlight of my summers during Elementary school. I loved every minute.
4. Returning from summer camp when I was 12. As our bus pulled into the parking lot I noticed a very popular boy that all the girls had a crush on sitting on a bike, waiting. He came to see if I got back that day. He rode all the way downtown. He smiled at me. Later that summer he confessed he missed me those two weeks I was gone. As the summer came to an end so did his crush on me. But I remember that it made my summer of 1990.
5. Camping in 1993. It was a big deal for my parents to let me go with just a friend. We hiked along the river by the Croatian border. My dog fell into a hole in the ground. Turned out to be a 10 feet deep cave. It took us all day to rescue him. He was fine. I remember going to a restaurant we stopped at on our way home after our parents picked us up. It was the first time I saw my face in two weeks. I remember being surprised. I though I was beautiful.
6. Summer in Kenya. It changed my life. The best mashed potatoes I ever ate. The wrong turn I took and ended up in the field of elephants. The happiness on children’s faces. The gratitude. The humanity. Marta’s smile.
7. The last summer I spend with my grandpa. Taking him to our favorite spot in Bohinj. Being the driver. Feeling all grown up. His walking stick and frail body. His love for me. The tears in his eyes when we said goodbye for the last time.
8. The first summer with my husband. Laying on the beach by my family’s summer home, doing nothing. Seeing him relax and having fun. Planning our future. Having grilled calamari. Sitting by the window during a storm.
9. Little J’s first summer. The warm evenings in our back yard in England, the road trip across Europe, the first time he went to Slovenia. His first steps.
10. Every summer I spend living right here. If you ever traveled to Pacific Northwest during warm months you will understand why we never complain about the rain and the grey during the rest of the year. Nothing beats a warm summer day on our island!

Summer 2008, Koper-Slovenia

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  1. Anna June 3, 2012 at 19:18 #

    Twitter: mommy_padawan
    Wow – you have some incredible memories! Kenya and traveling through Europe would be amazing. I love this picture at the end of you and baby J :) Very true about warm, summer days in the Pacific Northwest as well!

  2. Ado June 3, 2012 at 19:23 #

    No. 7 got me. Your grandpa’s walking stick and his frail body filled with all that love he had for you – speechless. Beautiful.
    Ado recently posted..I Survived Nature *and* Sports

  3. Runnermom-jen June 3, 2012 at 19:41 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    Oh Stasha, your memories made me cry. You have had some amazing experiences! I wish you had a picture of that field of elephants.
    That picture is gorgeous. Little J looks so much the same as he does now…just a little bigger 😉
    Runnermom-jen recently posted..Summer

  4. The Sisterhood June 3, 2012 at 19:49 #

    Twitter: SensibleMoms
    I could talk with you all the way through a warm summer night. You have some fascinating history. Ellen
    The Sisterhood recently posted..Mayhem, Mishaps, and Monkey Business—Our Summer Memories

  5. Sensible Moms June 3, 2012 at 19:53 #

    Twitter: SensibleMoms
    #5 got me. That you saw your face and thought you were beautiful. Powerful, wonderful stuff. Erin

  6. Bruna June 3, 2012 at 21:06 #

    Twitter: beeswithhoney
    I’m so jealous you got to go to summer camp. Always wanted to go but my parents would never send me.

    Love the photo of you and the little guy when he was a babe :)
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  7. Robbie June 3, 2012 at 21:14 #

    Twitter: momma23monkeys
    You have had some amazing summer experiences. Summers with your Grandpa…melted my heart.
    Robbie recently posted..Saturday Seven: New Home Edition

  8. paul June 3, 2012 at 21:17 #

    Amazing collection of memories. I’d like to spend a warm summer night talking with you about all those incredible experiences too.
    paul recently posted..Summertime

  9. Terri Sonoda June 3, 2012 at 21:47 #

    Twitter: tsonoda
    You have so many beautiful memories and you describe them so well. I felt like I took the journey with you. Lovely!
    Terri Sonoda recently posted..Monday Listicles – Ten summer memories

  10. Diane June 3, 2012 at 22:07 #

    Twitter: dkotucker
    What wonderful and amazing memories! The photo of you and Little J is beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing! D
    Diane recently posted..Its June!!!

  11. Bridget June 3, 2012 at 22:27 #

    Twitter: twinisms
    You have a great way with words and descriptions. I want your summer memories!
    Bridget recently posted..Monday Listicles

  12. [email protected] June 3, 2012 at 23:26 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    You made me all teary. Especially the one about your grandpapa. And the picture of you and very Little J.
    [email protected] recently posted..The Things He Says

  13. Barbara June 4, 2012 at 02:11 #

    Twitter: babspinfrance
    I have many fond summer memories of road tripping across Europe. I love that picture of you and Little J!
    Barbara recently posted..Do-over

  14. Wayne June 4, 2012 at 03:36 #

    Twitter: profwaynewsmith
    I am trying out some new blog hops and thought this one looked like a lot of fun. What a question I came into. It is amazing how many of these memories involve camping though. Perhaps, it is a sign of how much we need to put the technology down sometimes.
    Wayne recently posted..Monday Listicles

  15. Jackie June 4, 2012 at 04:54 #

    Twitter: notwifezilla
    I can’t help but get choked up Stasha, especially as you mention your last trip with your grandfather. I am always amazed at the wealth of your travels and life experience! What whirl, through the world!

  16. Twisted Domestic Goddess June 4, 2012 at 05:46 #

    Ok number 7 totally got me bawling this morning Both of our grandpas were amazing people and sound so similar in so many ways. Awesome list…I’m off to do mine…I think..
    Twisted Domestic Goddess recently posted..Opening Our Hearts through Adoption

  17. Delilah June 4, 2012 at 05:57 #

    Twitter: iamnotthemaid
    Those are some beautifully wonderful memories that you shared, Stasha. Thank you for making my Monday morning a little brighter.
    Delilah recently posted..10 Summer Memories I Plan to Make

  18. jamie June 4, 2012 at 06:16 #

    Twitter: southmainmuse
    Kenya and Slovenia. Much more exotic memories than mine. Love that photo!
    jamie recently posted..Summer lovin. Top ten summer memories.

  19. Donna June 4, 2012 at 06:21 #

    Twitter: DonnaChaffins
    Wow, I’m in awe at your memories… all your travels. And what a beautiful photo!
    Donna recently posted..10 Summer Memories: Losing my bikin top…

  20. My Inner Chick June 4, 2012 at 06:33 #

    Twitter: krrobi
    Beautiful Memories, Stasha.
    I love that you went to Kenya. WOW. This is my dream trip.
    My Inner Chick recently posted..Sinful Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

  21. RoryBore June 4, 2012 at 07:59 #

    Twitter: rorybore
    fabulous memories! I actually got a little teary on your behalf! I will always considered it such a blessing to have such a treasure trove of good memories!
    love that pic! <3
    RoryBore recently posted..Monday Listicles: Summer Lovin

  22. Amber June 4, 2012 at 08:02 #

    Talk about some awesomeness of memories.

  23. Just Jennifer June 4, 2012 at 08:04 #

    Twitter: JenAnnHall
    I can’t decide what to say….so sweet, great memories….I love hearing about your past and I love that you feel the same way about where we live as I do. LOVE the baby pic of Little J!
    Just Jennifer recently posted..It’s Not Summer Yet!

  24. Anne LeBlanc June 4, 2012 at 08:31 #

    Twitter: littleredhens
    Wow, what a beautiful list of memories. The one about the popular boy after camp made me ache in the loveliest way. I love the photo!! Charmed life, it’s all you. You are admirable. Now, if I could figure out how to do this….xo

  25. Susi June 4, 2012 at 09:04 #

    Twitter: bocafrau
    These memories are just beautiful and powerful at once. I love learning new things about my fellow bloggers… you grew up in beautiful country. I’ve traveled some in Eastern Europe when we were still living in Germany. And you make the Pacific NW sound absolutely lovely… visiting there is on my bucket list for sure. I want to see all that green during summer and the coast, the cliffs, the rocky beaches… that’s one of the things I so enjoyed about the Twilight movies… the landscape shots are breathtaking!!!
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  26. Gabrielle June 4, 2012 at 11:52 #

    Follwing your blog,twitter, and liked your facebook via the MONDAY LISTICLES blog hop!
    Check me out!

    Also adding your link the Blog Hop tab on on page!

  27. Pamela June 4, 2012 at 12:08 #

    Twitter: pameloth
    You are THE world traveler. All those wonderful places and experiences. I am just glad the dog was fine after the cave adventure.
    Pamela recently posted..Just keep me away from the mirrors, please.

  28. Mark June 4, 2012 at 13:33 #

    Twitter: Rsimplelives
    Let’s hear it for 1990 and school boy crushes!
    Mark recently posted..I’m not dead

  29. Kim June 4, 2012 at 14:16 #

    So many amazing summer memories, and so unique! Rescuing your dog and seeing your beauty is truly touching :) I love that you and your husband had that summer together, relaxing and sharing dreams!
    Kim recently posted..A Little Girl’s Daddy

  30. Dominique June 4, 2012 at 16:11 #

    Twitter: dominiquegoh
    You have really great memories of summer. I don’t remember having such a great experience as you as our Summer holidays only last 1 month here.
    Dominique recently posted..Top 10 Highlights of May

  31. Audrey June 4, 2012 at 20:31 #

    Summers here are amazing! And your memories are wonderful! I loved reading them
    Audrey recently posted..Summer, Summer, Summer Time

  32. Amanda June 4, 2012 at 20:46 #

    Twitter: lilahbility
    Beautiful summer memories, beautiful photo of you and baby J!
    Amanda recently posted..Sweet Summer Memories

  33. Sindi June 4, 2012 at 22:04 #

    Such a breathtaking photo! I’m amazed by your summer experiences, I wish I could a summer like that this year!
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  34. Sindi June 4, 2012 at 22:07 #

    Wow! Such a breathtaking photo! I’m amazed by your summer experiences, I wish I could a summer like that this year!
    Sindi recently posted..Ohne Stress geht’s leichter…

  35. OTandET June 4, 2012 at 22:18 #

    Twitter: otandet
    what beautiful memories. just simple and some very heavy and all beautiful. i think we are the same age! i have a mad blog/ig crush on you lady. xo
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  36. Jen {at} take2mommy June 5, 2012 at 06:28 #

    Loved this. Read it again and again. Do you have any pics of your time in Kenya?
    Jen {at} take2mommy recently posted..Like the corners of my mind

  37. Iza Trapani June 5, 2012 at 09:37 #

    So lovely. Your words, well-chosen, succinct paint a beautiful picture of all you memories- and what great ones. Love the picture at the end!

  38. Natalie June 5, 2012 at 11:53 #

    Twitter: corp2domestic
    What amazing summers you had! I have very fond memories of summer camps as well. I’m so glad you have these wonderful moments to look back on.
    Natalie recently posted..A Wedding Weekend!

  39. Katie E June 5, 2012 at 20:41 #

    Twitter: euregirlsandboy
    Besides your awesome lists, you always pick the most perfect pictures to wrap up your lists! I love this one.
    Katie E recently posted..Monday Listicles: Summer Memories

  40. Liz Denehy SB via Facebook June 6, 2012 at 08:52 #

    This is beautiful!!

  41. Jessica June 6, 2012 at 10:41 #

    Twitter: Mytimeasmom
    You have had some awesome summers it sounds like.

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