by Tiffani “Living La Vida Bathing Suit” Michele

Dear, sweet, delusional, and incorrect Erika really threw down the gauntlet yesterday when she blogged “I Hate Summer“. Haterz gonna hate, I know, but she left me no choice but to retaliate with my own post, “I Love Summer” to show her the errors of her ways. Because really, I read her words in shock and awe, shaking my head and mouthing the words “nooooooo!” while raising my fists into the air like a supplicant for correct seasonal priorities. It’s nothing personal, I suppose, and nothing that can’t be fixed over a late night of beer drinking and shots of whiskey. But still. I was offended. Hating Summer?! What?! Who could possibly?! Can you even say those words together?!

I love Summer so much I want to get drunk off vodka infused watermelon, and fondle and caress it and maybe even grind up against it until we’re both tired and drunk and a little sunburned and pass out to the light of fireflies dancing around us. So here’s my own list of summery love:

1) So Much More Light! I don’t struggle to wake up early like I do in the dark hours of winter, because the sun is already shining in my window beckoning me to hop out of bed and get my party on. It shines all day long without any chance of snowstorms or weeks and weeks of gray days. It even stays light waaaaay into traditional night. There is finally enough time in the day to do everything…wake up early, get shit done by afternoon, take a little nap, wake up, and still have more than half a day’s light to play around with. Yes Please!

2) Break From Cooking! No one wants to use an oven or stove when it’s hot. That’s where grills and men come in handy. In the summer, you can hand off a plate of raw meat and it comes back to you in the form of a fresh dinner made by a man cooking on a grill. Cooking and baking goes down by at least half thanks to cold pasta salads, fruit dips, man grilling, pot luck neighbor picnics, and yogurt based foods. Being single has put a wrench into my plans, actually, but that’s what Craigslist is for. “Wanted: man who likes to grill. I will supply raw meat and veggies in exchange for a nicely grilled dinner every night. Knowledge of grilled desert recipes a plus. None of this is code for “I really mean I want to have freaky sex with a stranger”. Only those serious grillers need to contact me.”

3) Bathing Suits, Boats/Beach and Beers! If there’s any way to spend a day better than this, I don’t know what it is.

(body by hooping, y’all, and I’m not even kidding!)

4) Summer Sports Rock Hard! Fall and Winter have sports that are boring to watch, boring to play, involve lots of layers, and have a high degree of hurt involved. Touch football always ends up tackle. Hockey players wear too many layers to make it interesting for us women folk, if you know what I’m saying. Skiing also involves to many layers and way to many chances to run into trees and die of massive internal injuries. But summer is all about play! Swimming, volleyball, surfing, and skateboarding. Who doesn’t love the laid back nature of that?! All done in varying forms of dishabille. Rawr!

5) It’s Simply Magical. All my favorite memories come from the summertime. No school, no bedtime, spending time with friends, going on summer trips, eating popsicles all day long, summer loving with the star crossed boyfriend that I knew I’d never see again, lounging at the beach eating nachos and hot dogs, sun kissed hair, and fireflies. Ah, fireflies. My kids had never seen them before last week. But as we spent time with cousins in Georgia, they experienced the magic for the first time. It made my mama heart grow three sizes bigger.

Seriously. This is life, people. Magical, awesome, simple, pure. Brought to you by summer!

What are some of your favorite things about the best season ever (summer, of course)?!



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  1. July 3, 2012

    Oh sweet Tiffani… You may have pushed me towards the middle.

  2. July 3, 2012

    I agree times a million. I’d be perfectly happy with summer year round. I love all the fresh food, long days and the magic of it all.

  3. kathy #
    July 3, 2012

    I gasped and my mouth dropped open when I read your kids never had seen fireflies before…I didn’t know that was possible?! That is our main purpose at night…to catch fireflies…that is a good hour or more of entertainment….a life without fireflies…that would be sad!

  4. July 3, 2012

    i have a love hate relationship with summer, so i’m in both camps.
    actually, maybe it’s just my location. i’m thinking a location closer to a salty ocean breeze would definitely put summer at the top of my list, because i agree with everything you just said.
    damn. and here i thought i was a hater.

  5. July 3, 2012

    I love being barefoot 90% of the time. There’s nothing more elemental than feet firmly planted on the ground.

    • July 5, 2012

      i like cool wather and also like me life partner want to cool area spend the time

  6. July 3, 2012

    I love watching everything grow and browsing on all of the edible backyards. I like hosing the kids off and getting them out. I love how my son’s skin goes all brown like mine never has. I like how my daughter doesn’t understand why we’re eating dinner when she sun’s still shining, so we go eat outside. I love thunderstorms! The beach. Love the beach. Water slides. Watching my two year old catch her first firefly. Burning things and melting marshmallows. But I love all the seasons, when I’m in the happy mood.

  7. joelynnej #
    July 4, 2012

    Your family is The Cutest. You people need to make room for one more. 😉 Actually, a few more, I come with kids.

  8. July 4, 2012

    Summers in London are so not like this!

  9. July 4, 2012

    Summer rocks! The beach, fun in the ocean, the fireflies, the peaches, the watermelon, the list can go on and on! Except for heat waves like right now, though, I’m with you that summer is awesome.

  10. July 4, 2012

    reason 3 n 5 exactly and thats why its my fav season!!! 😀 to the utter amazement of so many ..
    and congrats of being fp 🙂

  11. July 4, 2012

    Looks like summer at your country is fun! Out here in Mumbai (In India, FYI :-p) summer means irritated cab drivers and an even more irritated me, Pissed off bus conductors and an angrier me. LOL. Its on the coast and its tropical. It means SWEAT. Big time! Sweat that one can feel inching its way to your undie every walking moment! Also, it means the merciless sun. On the very hot days the temperature is around 45 degrees Celsius. Dunno how that spells out in Fahrenheit! On more bearable days its around 30-35 degrees.

    How I wish i could feel you summers!!!

  12. July 4, 2012

    The last line is supposed to be : How I wish i could feel your summers!!!

    I forgot the ‘r’ in your. sounds weird:-D

  13. July 4, 2012

    Makes me reminisce to the days when I was a little boy. Summers are great, whether it rains or the sunshines. Lovely story.

  14. theyellowranger #
    July 4, 2012

    I’m a Fall/Winter gal myself but then again I’m also a Washingtonian/night shift worker so I’m pretty much a cave creature who is afraid of sunlight. Nice post. Congrats on FP as well.

  15. samanthastarling #
    July 4, 2012

    i love this!!! and i love summer x

  16. July 4, 2012

    being barefoot all the time, the smell of coppertone, and honeysuckles, early summer mornings on my porch, sun-kissed faces, bleach blonde hair, flowers, sundresses, strappy shoes, fireworks, and the beach:)

  17. July 4, 2012

    your post was so fun and charming. you made some excellent points to the magic of summer. I am wearing my swimsuit as we speak, even though it’s 8 in the morning. but after a sweaty hot run this morning, i am ready for the water soon. happy summering! 🙂

  18. July 4, 2012

    Summer gives you a reason to travel, travel, travel!
    Great post! A fresh perspective on how great summer is. Agree with all five. =>

  19. July 4, 2012

    Another plus: you can wear shorts and sandals all the time, even while enjoying the evening breeze! Living in the northeast, it’s a wonderful relief from the shirt+sweater+coat+scarf+earmuffs+hat+mittens+pants+boots outfit required in the winter months.

  20. July 4, 2012

    I completely agree. Summer is amazing 😀 Love this post

  21. July 4, 2012

    Summer rocks. I agree totally. We just went firefly catching the other night!

  22. July 4, 2012

    Then you really want to move to South Florida!

    Summer all year long.


    • Andy #
      July 4, 2012

      HI , a może do Polski ? Polska jest taka piękna , piękniejsza od waszej Florydy

  23. July 4, 2012

    You got it right in every way! Summer is really the only time you can lay down and do nothing during the day! Summer is the best! And fireflies are amazing magic bugs!
    Great post! Congrats!

  24. July 4, 2012

    I am so glad that you took a stand! If you hate summer, I have to think you’re just not doing it right.The long fat days that go on for miles, boats, beaches, real tomatoes, watermelon, corn, peaches, water balloon fights, picnic blankets, fireworks, popsicles, fireflies and butterflies, driving at night with the music blaring and the windows down and your arm making waves in the soft air – that still makes me feel like I’m 16, 30 years after the fact. I could go on and on and on, but I’ll leave some stuff for other defenders of summertime.

    • July 4, 2012

      So true! I love singing along to my music in the car, growing my own veggies, long early morning rides with my horse, and evenings spent walking the beach. A jump into the lake after a long hot run is also up there!

  25. July 4, 2012

    Cute post! I also love summer, it’s my favourite time of year for many of the reasons you’ve listed! Congrats on Freshly Pressed.

  26. July 4, 2012

    Probably no comments are from the region of tropic of cancer. I live near it, in Eastern India and the part where I live, Summer is pretty hard. People die in the heat.

    But as you took a stand of not hating summer, I should also say that I do have a lot of great memory of summer such as Mangoes, Football (Soccer) and all the awesome liquid concoctions folks drink here…

    I do wish I could enjoy summer as you did and do. Regards! 🙂

    • July 5, 2012

      Lol. Here I was thinking i’m the only guy from the tropics:-)

      I know what you talking about mate!

  27. July 4, 2012

    Great post! I grew up in Canada and miss light in the sky until 10:00 p.m. (although black flies, not so much.) Love getting dressed in summer — T-shirt/shorts/sandals. Done. Better yet, a dress and shoes. How quick is that? I think summer always has a bittersweet quality because it goes by so damn fast. We barely get three months of it, then six months (or worse) of cold/rain/snow/ice. Bleh.

  28. RS #
    July 4, 2012

    At the very least, I have to agree with the summer sports thing. I mean, I agree with everything else too. But that particularly.

  29. July 4, 2012

    Nice and fun photos! Cheers!

  30. July 4, 2012

    I love summer, even if I have to sweat and put on copious amounts of sunscreen. It’s better than freezing my butt off, I say!

  31. July 4, 2012

    there’s no way not to love summer! I agree with you a thousand times!
    Enjoy the party!

  32. July 4, 2012

    nice blog…i’m amazing

  33. July 4, 2012

    I love summer…just not when it makes my bake in its own garbage marinade.

  34. July 4, 2012

    In my life I have been blessed in owning a lakefront home on Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas. Having the toys goes with the blessing in a boat and two Sea-Do GTX’s limited. My lifestyle is more tame than these pictures but still a wonderful part of my life. I was so impressed with the way this was done, I will be reblogged immediately of my own poetry site of almost 26,000 hits to date. My thanks to the WordPress family in sharing their own personal joys with me.

  35. July 4, 2012

    Reblogged this on Texas Poetry and commented:
    I reblogged this because I thought this was such a beautiful way for a member of the WordPress family to share their 4th of July and summer with us.

  36. Ann #
    July 4, 2012

    I used to think I love winter more than summer! But I just realized (a few days ago) that I love summer more! Excluding the heat (which is unbearable in here), everything else is just awesome! I love summer! 🙂

  37. July 4, 2012

    yes summer is better,its bright and keeps the mood high

  38. Justin Burnell #
    July 4, 2012

    Best post ever.

  39. talasrum #
    July 4, 2012

    very nice atmosphere

  40. July 4, 2012

    Fantastic post! Looks like you and your family know how to have a good time!
    Take advantage of the beautiful weather!

  41. Kit #
    July 4, 2012

    I agree with you. Hating summer?? I LOVE it!! 🙂

  42. Tar-Buns #
    July 4, 2012

    I love summer but Fall is the best for me because it’s not so HOT. As for sports, you forgot baseball and tennis!
    We’re in a terrible heatwave here in MI and don’t live on a lake so thank God for central AC!
    Congrats on being FPd! Enjoy the ride 🙂

  43. July 4, 2012

    I would enjoy summer more if we got better weather. But sadly, living in England, it is doomed to rain. 😀 Great photos, looks like a brilliant way to spend a day.

  44. July 4, 2012

    I love all the seasons but summer rules! 🙂

  45. July 4, 2012

    YES! You tell ’em! Winter is in the “Hate and Fear” category…

  46. July 4, 2012

    Well written! I completely agree with reasons 1 & 3. I love summer for two reasons: when everything looks bathed in light you feel as though all disparities have been evened out. Second, I love showing off all my summery dresses as opposed to mounds of dreary-looking warm clothes!

  47. July 4, 2012

    The best part about this post is the first picture; the dude on the left looks like he’s kicking a field goal with that chick’s head! 😉 Congrats on being FP’ed!

  48. July 4, 2012

    I just love being warm and not weighed down by layers of clothing and unable to move! It’s winter in the southern hemisphere but just as I am reading your awesome blog the sun has finally come out! Yay for summer!

  49. July 4, 2012

    Summer definitely does kick some major booty. My favorite part about summer (besides no school, plenty of friends and loads of ice cream) is a fresh face of freckles. I love my freckles!
    Love your post! Makes me want to go outside and swim.

  50. July 4, 2012

    I love summer in all cities. All kinds – super hot (Chicago-Quebec) or even the chilly summer we get here in Seattle.

  51. July 4, 2012

    I love hot weather and not worrying about how many layers i’m going to wear today.. so i’m definitely with you on this! great post!

    if you have time please check my blog too..

  52. July 4, 2012

    Its winter in Namibia and our t-shirts are all being forced to live life behind jackets and jerseys. Cant wait for summer time when they’re in the spotlight again. Good post Tiffani

  53. July 4, 2012

    I’m totally with you on this… summer is the season I look forward to all year round… (actually spring too, but the warmth of summer gives it the edge).

  54. gravity shifter #
    July 4, 2012

    Summer is definitely the best season! Love that it doesn’t get dark until 9:45p!!

  55. July 4, 2012

    great post!!! summer is my favorite season as well!! 😀

  56. July 4, 2012

    Inspiring! Reminds me that life is GOOD. Sometimes I need reminding. I need to ease up on the work and learn to play again.

  57. July 4, 2012

    Reblogged this on Work In Progress and commented:
    A good post for Fourth of July. Reminds me that life is GOOD! Sometimes I need reminding. All work and no play is a bad bargain. — John

  58. July 4, 2012

    You should try visiting the beaches here in the Philippines. You’d find it worth it.

  59. July 4, 2012

    Nice blog! But you obviously don’t live in England. Reading this makes me miss real summers even more.

  60. July 4, 2012

    109. I’m in love with pastels this summer and this outfit is fantastic!

  61. July 4, 2012

    All excellent reasons to love summer – absolutely! My own list would have to include homemade peach pie, warm from the oven, topped with vanilla ice cream.

  62. July 4, 2012

    well, in my country (Indonesia) we ONLY have summer season. and rainy season * sigh

  63. NS #
    July 5, 2012

    Aww this is so true. I love summer too (for various other reasons, though). Now that its gone and the messy rains are here, I am kinda let down

  64. Trevor D'silva #
    July 5, 2012

    Reblogged this on Le tReZ bLoG and commented:
    Good reasons to enjoy the summer? Maybe not so much in UAE…

  65. July 5, 2012

    Why love summer when there is autumn the best season ever

  66. neerajshastry #
    July 5, 2012

    yup summer certainly rocks….I remember the days of school when my holidays were just about to start. On the last day of the school when the bell would ring,I would just fling the school back on my back , come home running,throw my school bag and run away to play with my friends. Ahh those were the days….

  67. July 5, 2012

    Reblogged this on The RevU(err).

  68. debatedashit #
    July 5, 2012

    summer is the greatest. anyone who thinks otherwise<<<

  69. July 5, 2012

    good holiday

  70. July 5, 2012

    Nice !!! Kisses from Barcelona.

  71. July 5, 2012

    Nice !!!… Kisses from Barcelona ( Spain )

  72. July 5, 2012

    Its wonderful experience

  73. July 5, 2012

    If you love summer then you will love my home country Thailand all year round. Strictly speaking, we have only three seasons: the green season (June-October), the cool season (November-February) and the flowering season (March-May). Never frost in my home town Chiang Mai. The girls never walk in the sun, we stay in the shade, and we do not like a tan, some buy whitening lotions.


  74. July 5, 2012

    You make some good points but Fall is such a great season. Crisp air, best holidays, turning leaves and autumnal spices. Can’t beat that!

    Also, it’s so freaking humid where I live that you’re basically covered in a perma-sweat whenever you step outside. Even if you’re standing stock still. Maybe if I spent summer in Maine…

  75. July 5, 2012

    This cheered me up. I love every season 🙂 Winter for the snuggles by the fireside, blankets and mugs of steaming hot drinks. Skiing, snow, cold bright walks, August for the leaves, the walks in the wood, the suddenly colder days, pulling out your winter wardrobe, the fresh air, and the rain (Yes i’m odd. I love the rain)… Then spring. Bright fresh days, the animals the sudden buzz in the air that things are staring up again after the darker winter months. The April showers, (that rain again) the early flowers coming into bud, the frost in the mornings, the sense of life all around… and Summer. The sun, sea, sex, bright days, hotter nights, late evenings sat outside, the BBQ’s and joy that everyone exudes… In my opinion. You gotta love them all. We’re all far to pessimistic, look at the positives of every season. They’re all uniquely beautiful!

  76. July 5, 2012

    Well composed and well clicked !!

  77. July 5, 2012

    I just realized recently that we’re extremely lucky to live in a country that’s summer almost all year round. All you need is your umbrella and flipflops, and you’re good. 🙂 Yeah, summer all the way, baby!

  78. Learn 2 Be Geek #
    July 5, 2012

    As much as I do agree with your reasons why summer is great, I prefer the winter. Trying to cool down is a nuisance, especially if it is very humid. Also, I enjoy staying inside a nice warm room, bundled up, and watching the snow fall outside. All seasons have their pros and cons. Great article!

  79. July 5, 2012

    I am wearing my swimsuit as we speak, even though it’s 8 in the morning.

  80. mdprincing #
    July 5, 2012

    Amen to that. Love summer and the lakes of MI. Sailing on the Bay, drinking beer and swimming in warm clear waters.

    Not sure what Hooping is, but I can say your rockin the bikini

  81. July 5, 2012

    wow…………..very good

  82. July 5, 2012

    SUMMER ROCKS!!! Is there really any other season? Perfect sentiments, Tiffani. I’ll super gladly take the hot temps, green trees/blooming flowers and long days of summer over the cold, “lifeless” short days of winter.

  83. July 5, 2012

    SUMMER ROCKS!!!! Is there really any other season? Perfect sentiments, Tiffani. I’ll super gladly take the hot temps, green trees and long days of summer over the cold, “lifeless” short days of winter.

  84. July 5, 2012

    Fun writing and your photos are all perfect for the post. I miss the sound of crickets here, used to have them in the summer and don’t know what happened; no more. Enjoy your summer, looking forward to when you do another one that says autumn rocks!

  85. troismommy #
    July 5, 2012

    Great post! You look amazing. We live in Southern California – and I love it – but sadly there are no fireflies.

  86. July 5, 2012

    I couldn’t agree more. Love this!!

  87. July 5, 2012

    I prefer summer over any season as well. Of course there are drawbacks.

    1) I am very pale so sunscreen is a must. Sunscreen also makes me break out! 2) American humidity (currently in Spain and I do not have to deal with it, it is awesome!). 3) Mosquitoes. I hate, hate, hate those things! 4) Thunderstorms. I know some people enjoy them but I’ve always been terrified of them!

    However all the other reasons you mentioned–summer sports, more light (doesn’t get dark until 10 PM in Spain!), lighter clothing (does anybody seriously like bundling up for winter? I don’t!), the magical feeling, fireflies… oh and how can we forget the flowers/green leaves on the trees! 😀 The Earth comes back to life!

  88. July 5, 2012

    YES!!! I absolutely love summer, and basically spend the whole year waiting for it to come around again. It´s one of the reasonas I try and leave scotland this time of year… so I can actually enjoy a summer with sun!!

  89. July 5, 2012

    I agree that summer is great (especially because it’s almost never light here in Chicago b/c of the cloud coverage!), but Christmastime is still my favorite! Cheers!

  90. July 5, 2012

    L O V E the flippers picture.

  91. July 5, 2012

    Favorite things about summer: Warmth!! Warmth!! Warmth!! I HATE being cold! Lazy days … no schedules … water … swimming … vacation … playing outside … rafts … pools … ice cream … fireworks … did I mention WARMTH!! And so, so, so much more! 😀

  92. July 5, 2012

    Pues a disfrutar de un gran verano…

  93. July 5, 2012

    You put “so much light” on this list?
    I react to sunlight the same way a penis reacts to a cheese grater.

  94. July 5, 2012

    Very good.. 😦

  95. July 5, 2012

    We are lov’n all 100 days of it!

  96. Shandrea #
    July 6, 2012

    Agreed! summer is freaking awesome!

  97. July 6, 2012

    my favorite season! how I love summer ❤

  98. July 6, 2012

    It depends on where you leave. If you live in a hot country, like Southern Italy, it is not for me: a deadly combination of heat and humidity (you can literally die of it).
    But if you live somewhere like England, then summer can be magic indeed.

  99. July 6, 2012

    Agreed! Although winter does have some beauty to it. 🙂

  100. July 6, 2012

    This is a great post and you make a lot of good points; but truth is, Winter Is Coming and I cannot wait. True I love to grill and I wake up easier for work when it is already light out; but I like cooking indoors too and I don’t wanna wake up for work. Yea, it is nice that all the ladies have decided to wear basically nothing for three or four months; but hey, I am not a pervert and I don’t want to be forced to check all the ladies out. And when I try to sneak upstairs to cuddle next to The Wife at six am and pretend it is one am after I fell asleep watching cartoons; it’d be nice if she didnt know I was lying because the songbirds are singing their dawn tune. And whatever evil gods decided it should be a billion degrees in my car at eight thirty when I leave for work and midnight when I leave the second job for home and even hotter during the day; well, they can take summer and shove it.

  101. July 6, 2012

    I actually disagree , I think all seasons have great moments and as I am the biggest Christmas fan ever I love winter … snowy walks and hot drinks, writing and getting cards, giving presents and spending days doing nothing but eating treats

  102. July 6, 2012

    Aw, man! There are many things that I love about the summer. Schmoozing with old friends-esp. if they’re female, Jimmy Buffett, or Jimi Hendrix, barbecue, martinis and margaritas, hot babes baring all at the beach, having new clients, and me being a (hopefully well-paid and full-time) photographer, the summer gives us more access to more things that the other seasons will not do (esp. if you live up north), driving your whip (car, that is) with ALL the windows down and the stereo blasting (does “Summertime” by Will smith ring any bells?).

    It’s over 100 here in Detroit, 110 at the most. It hasn’t been that hot over here since ’88. But I didn’t bitch about it too much, after spending a week in Alabama and Georgia a few summers ago, I can take the heat much better now thanks to that experience.

    I’ll tell ya the truth, if the conditions were in my favor, I’d move elsewhere in the country that is virtually warm all year long. But that’s just me.

  103. July 6, 2012

    Reblogged this on What's For Dinner?.

  104. July 7, 2012

    this is great vacation ^_^

  105. July 7, 2012

    Haha, you have a point! Summer is pretty awesome, though I’m a spring guy myself! Looking forward to the next post!

  106. July 8, 2012

    Lose the mosquitoes and the 100+ heat we’ve had recently and I am in total agreement! Don’t forget the fresh fruit and veggies…unbelievable!!

  107. July 9, 2012

    Reblogged this on thekingfg3 and commented:
    real talk

  108. yosephvera #
    July 10, 2012

    happy summer!

  109. July 10, 2012

    Love your post and I too love summer. Although in the UK it can be such a disappointment…. But on the days when the sun comes out it is one of the most visually stunning places in the world. Energy just seems to lift. Similar to you, the happiest memories of my life seem to have occurred in the summer months, where life is just easier. Fantastic pictures!

  110. Dalton #
    July 10, 2012

    What a nice girl in yellow swimsuit… Congratulations. Summer is for you a very pleasant season, with great sensations of tanned sexy skins… waouh.

  111. July 10, 2012

    I did a similar post on my blog: but I think i listed 19 reasons to love summer.
    I love summer too!

  112. July 13, 2012

    You know my favorite things about summer? The smell of freshly mowed lawn and the sounds of birds waking you up in the morning. Hummingbirds flitting around and children playing until late in the evening.

  113. Enchanted Little Fashion Tale #
    July 14, 2012

    hahah love this:)

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