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Thank You Notes: Summertime Sadness {Kiss me hard before you go}

I love Fridays, I love thank you notes, and I love Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You Notes, so, naturally, Friday here on my blog means:

Thank You Notes and Jimmy Fallon!

Thank You Notes| It's FRIDAY, time for thank you notes!

Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You Notes

Thank You Notes

I was running a bit behind, so I thought if you guys wouldn’t mind I’d write out my weekly thank you notes. Do y’all mind? Of course you don’t, you’re here. THANK YOU! 🙂

This is a super late thank you note: Thank you, Influenster, for my husband’s complimentary yummy smelling cologne. Have you smelled Ralph Lauren’s Polo Blue fragrance, it smells divine! 🙂

(I received the cologne complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.)

Thank you, sweet teachers at my daughter’s new ::gulp:: high school, for thinking I’m a student. I think I’m going to love this school!! 🙂

Thank you, Rosie, for interviewing me for your Fierce Friday series!!!

Thank you, Nancy, for the Instagram LOVE!! You’re too sweet!!!

A Big Fat Thank You to SUMMER! 🙂

This quote by Victoria Erickson, is everything! As much as I’m sad to lose summer to fall, I’m happy to meet fall with a big fat sloppy kiss. Cheers to summer. 🙂

Sunset and Kisses

Thank you, summer, for crafting memories with my tribe.

Getting crafty

And for adventures big and small.

Breakfast at the lake

I love when weekends are all about new adventures. How was your weekend? XOXO?

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Bridge in Bothell

And really, really, good fruit!


And cookies.


Thank you, summer for imagination and more creativity.

Lego Love

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Kids using their imaginations

For celebrations and love.

My little Cowboy

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We Still Do 15TH Anniversary

Thank you, summer, for beautiful blue skies.High School Track WA

For a blog feature on She Speaks!
Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress featured on She Speaks

And that fun Instagram challenge with my dear friend, Bev. 🙂

It’s DAY 1 of #CreativeMomLife hosted by my lovely friend @Linkouture and yours truly. ? Today’s prompt is About Me. I’m usually the worst when it comes to talking about myself. I know I blog about my life, which is cool, but ummm if you check my About Me page ::::crickets:::? Anyway, here goes nothing! 🙂 Hi. ?? I’m Dean. Dean is not my real name, however it’s what close friends and family call me. 🙂 ?Speaking of family… I’m married to my best friend. We’re about to celebrate 15 years of marriage. ???I have three kiddos that fill me with laughter and love each day. ?I am a lover of many things but most importantly my family and friends. ✨I’m a believer in KINDNESS. I have faith that good will always prevail. ?Happy Mail is my love language. ⭐️I’m a misplaced Texan. I’ve lived in Germany, Texas, Illinois, South Carolina, and now Washington. ☕️Coffee, kindness, and L?VE fuel me. ? Writing, painting, and creating helped pull me out of the gray. ?As mentioned above I have a blog. Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress, has been a creative outlet for me, and I LOVE IT! ??AOK are my initials. ? I’m a wannabe photographer. ✍️I love to write, doodle, Zentangle, watercolor, and try my hand at handlettering. ?I have a super obsession with notebooks, journals, markers, stamps, sugar skulls and all things Frida. I’d love to hear about you! Share a little bit about yourself in the comments or join the challenge using the #CreativeMomLife. Do you have a friend who would like this challenge, tag ’em! Happy Friday and Happy July!!??

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And the start of Sweet Progress with my happy sweet friend, Ashley. 🙂

Sweet Progress Button Final

Thank you, summer, for sharing stories old and new.

My Hero! |#HonoringOurHeroes

My Hero 

Battling the Riptide

Battling the Riptide

Currently July

Currently: July

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Thank you, summer, for multiple trips to the library and good books. 🙂

This. ? It’s the little things in life, amiright? Like a quiet clean house filled with reading kiddos. ?? Did you hear me?!? CLEAN house, QUIET kiddos, READING ??? •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• I hope my babies look back on their childhood summers with fond memories. I hope they remember that although they physically didn’t travel every summer, they always traveled. It’s my hope that they remember the countless visits to the library for stacks of books and do the same for their (very far distant future) kids. I do not have that childhood memory. However, I’ll always remember purchasing the newest Baby-Sitters Club, Goosebumps, or Judy Blume books, and locking myself away to gobble it up. What was one of your favorite book series as a kid?

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Thank you, summer, for HAPPY MAIL. 🙂
Surprise Everything but the Ice Cream Package

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Thank you, Lowanda, for the sweet Everything but the Ice Cream Box!! You seriously made this gal and her tribe the happiest people. :)

Summer #SPBoxSwap Reveal

Elvis Stamps and Fun Gifts

Creatives Box Swap Reveal

Check out the goodies I received from my #CreativesBoxSwap partner.| Blogger Perks :)


Umm.. I think it’s pretty safe to say this has been one of the best mail weeks EVER!!!!! My sweet friend @lexisuba sent me a “just because happy mail package” filled with goodies. (I’m so lucky to have such kind friends, the blogging community is THE BEST.) My new issue of @fastcompany showed up today & y’all already know I was spoiled Monday. Were you wondering what was in Monday’s box? Check out my #linkinbio for the reveal! ?? ????????????????? I cannot wait to make a card for you, @lexisuba!! Sending some love right back at ya!! ??? ************************************************One last plug! #CreativesBoxSwap reveals are live & #SPBoxSwap sign ups are too!!! Join the fun, friends! #BloggerPerks ????????????????? Now off to learn how to slay like @beyonce!! ??????

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And shoutout to the tooth fairy, for putting in some work this summer. My littles were losing teeth left and right this summer. Actually, one of them lost another tooth today!! 🙂

Cheers to the last few days of summer and the start of everything pumpkin spice…. AND MY BIRTHDAY MONTH! 🙂


Fall is coming. (Yes, you know exactly how I said that ?) ? Cheers!! ? #Yummy

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Tell me about your summer! Heck, link up your summer posts here, I want to see. 🙂

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17 thoughts on “Thank You Notes: Summertime Sadness {Kiss me hard before you go}”

  1. Ooh, pumpkin spice hard cider? How is it?
    I can’t believe your daughter is in high school! How did that happen?
    And I can’t believe summer is over. It’s funny, as soon as September hit the temperatures dipped from high of 90s to 70s/80s. I’m ready for fall weather!

    1. It was good, I imagine it would have tasted much better paired with a chili or maybe even pumpkin spaghetti.

      I can’t believe she’s starting high school next week either. I’m not sure why time wants to sprint on us.

      It totally feels like fall here. The weather was crisp and the skies were gray yesterday & today.
      Happy September!

  2. A few years ago I was walking around Smith College and someone thought I was a student! So kudos to the high school one.
    I remember so many of these wonderful memories! Ah, summer. Sob. But hello, almost fall.

    1. I remember walking around the college campus with my college boyfriend many, many, many moons ago; there was a school photographer who stopped me and asked if I would take a picture for their publication. I don’t know why I passed up the opportunity but here’s what I said, “I don’t go here, I’m in high school.” My then boyfriend was all “WHY DID YOU DO THAT?”
      It felt so awesome that he thought I was one of them, but being mistaken for a teenager and I’m in my 30’s UMMMM… YEAH! 🙂
      The ladies must not have taken a really good look at me.

      Summer went by too fast, right? It was nice seeing your summer adventures with your loves this summer.
      Cheers to a happy {almost} fall!

    1. Thank you!
      I cannot wait either. I’ve been collecting thoughts about the swap, but damnit I have no idea why I haven’t written them out and sent them to you.
      We should chat soon. 🙂

  3. It looks like you guys had a really good summer. I hope you guys have even more fun this fall. We had a good summer too, but I’m so ready to enjoy fall.

  4. No, no…say it ain’t so! I’m not ready for summer to end! I’m ready for the heat to end, but not summer. I love how you recalled and showcased everything you did this summer. You’re so good. I’ve enjoyed sharing in your family’s adventures! ???

    1. Awww shucks, Lowanda, thank you!!!
      I can imagine you’re done with the heat. I know that heat, and I’m good without it. However, it’s nice to be able to go to the beach almost all year round, at least just to sit and have a picnic. I do miss our picnics at IOP and Southern cooking.
      Wishing you the best {almost} fall!!

  5. Hi! I have a lot to be thankful for this summer also but I’m hanging on to it for another 16 days. There are many ways to enjoy fall too, but it can wait its turn on the 22nd. 😉 As usual, inspiring and beautiful post. <3 xx

    1. It’s crazy, here in the PNW it already looks and feels like fall. With my babies starting school yesterday and the weather, it seems summer is indeed over for me. 🙁
      Maybe this weekend the weather will rise again and we’ll go to the beach and presto: summer. 🙂

  6. Oh my goodness, HOW have I not been following you on Bloglovin?! Happy to be following now. Love your post! I was wanting to do a Thankful Thursday series but struggled to keep up. I think this is such a great idea! Maybe I’ll pick it back up. 🙂

    1. Yes, HOW, could you not? I’m kidding, it’s cool. I’m actually really horrible at checking my BL, and I should get more serious about that. I’ll make sure to follow you back. 🙂
      You should totally start up a Thankful Thursday or Thank You Notes Friday, whatever you do come share it with me. 🙂

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