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When I was a kid…

I found this article on facebook last week about giving your children a 1970’s summer. You have to take a minute to read it, it’s hilarious, and so true.  Of course it got me thinking about what summers were like when I was a kid. It wasn’t all that long ago to be honest, I grew up in the 90’s, but I still had a good number of summers before we had the internet (gasp!) or instant messenger (remember that?!), and I feel like those were some pretty innocent, carefree days, at least in my house they were.  I put together a list of the things that I spent my days doing when I was little.

Sitcom marathons – we watched Gilligan’s Island, Saved by the Bell, Family Matters, The Cosby Show, and Full House ALL DAY LONG, kids today do not know good television.

Computer games – My sister and I were thrilled to be able to play Oregon Trail on our computer at home. When we went to work with my mom we would spend the entire day creating cards on the early version of Microsoft Publisher.

Game boy – I had a green game boy pocket, and I was constantly losing those little games, but I distinctly remember playing Super Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong for hours.

Crafting – you could say that my creative projects have improved by leaps and bounds since I was 8 years old, but everybody has to start somewhere. I’m pretty sure that I did every single project on

Reading – I was a total nerd, I always had my nose in a book. I read every single Baby Sitters Club Book, along with The Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, and all of the Original American Girl books.  I was that kid who stayed up way later than I ever should have reading with a flashlight. To tell the truth, I still do, only I don’t need a flashlight because my kindle is back lit.

Running through the sprinkler – this was pretty much the only way that you would get me outside in the summer. I did not like to sweat, or get dirty, and I wanted nothing to do with bugs. I would only run through the sprinkler if I could guarantee that grass was not going to stick to my feet.

Living on Kool-aid – This was the one thing that I was allowed to make by myself, and we drank it by the gallon. I also thought that I was pretty cool because I could use it to make slushies and popsicles. My favorite flavor was ice blue lemonade.

I’m going to be really brave here and share a picture of me, I think I was in the second grade when this picture was taken (I’ve got the flowered tank top and my sister is the one with the awesome bowl cut), it was probably 1994.

Seriously, life was so easy! What were your favorite things to do in the summer?

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