Being an adult means a lot of things. There’s a lot of fun things you get to do now that you didn’t when you were younger. But there’s also a lot of fun things you don’t really get to do now because you are an adult. And to be quite frank, it sucks. Thus, The Summer Rewind series was born – and I hope you caught that Powerpuff Girls reference – to bring me (and you) on a 2000s childhood summer trip.
I’m an extremely nostalgic, sentimental sap of a person. If you can get me talking about something from my childhood, there’s a good chance I won’t stop talking for a while. I was fortunate enough that I had a great childhood with a lot of love and fun to look back on in fond memory.
I’ve been on summer break for almost two months now. And almost every day I wake up with the same feeling – summer just isn’t the same anymore. Summer as an adult is either working, waiting on others to be done working, or spending a lot of time alone. Mine is all three. I don’t have many friends and I get too anxious to do things by myself. So, as you can imagine, life can get really lonely and boring real fast. I found myself thinking about my childhood summer and basically reliving it through my head to pass time. And then it hit me – why not make this a blog series?
And so get ready to relive your 2000s childhood summer memories (or just mine, I don’t know how old everyone is reading this) –
Begging your parents for a character popsicles from the ice cream truck
Picture this: tiny Kellie and tiny Danny freshly bathed and dressed in our PJs as the sun is setting and we hear the ice cream truck in the distance. We instantly look at each other and then at our parents. Sometimes we were told no or the classic, “we have ice cream in the freezer”, but sometimes, when we were really lucky, we got a yes.
All the neighborhood kids would be out in their PJs with their parents trailing behind them with the money. We all gathered around the Eskimo Man Ice Cream truck that smelled of exhaust and you could feel the heat radiating off the truck as you stood next to it making the most crucial decision of what you were going to choose. Nine times out of ten I would choose the Tweety Bird popsicle but I couldn’t have the gum eyeballs when I was little. But once I was old enough man did I think I was the coolest for finally getting to eat the gum – even though it wasn’t that great, the taste lasted two seconds, and it made my jaw hurt.
Lizzie McGuire the Movie was everything
If you don’t still jam to this at full volume, I don’t know if we can be friends. Before my love of Taylor Swift and Kelsea Ballerini, my love of blonde superstars began with the queen herself, Hilary Duff. I was obsessed with Lizzie McGuire. I had t-shirts, themed birthday parties, backpacks, and a matching lunchbox of Lizzie. Not to mention, I still own every single Hilary Duff album including the one she put out in 2015 that did not get the recognition it deserved.
When the Lizzie McGuire movie came out I watched it on VHS (that I also still have) and acted out the whole movie with the soundtrack in my bedroom. If I ever get a chance to go to Rome, you best believe I will be acting like Lizzie because I owe it to little me to make that dream come true (hey now).
Grocery shopping with Mom
Not only am I a super sentimental person, but I have a weird sensory detail memory. What I mean by this is that I could be outside and with the sun shining and the wind blowing at just the right angle, I could tell you what I was doing October 10, 2006. It’s weird. Sometimes it’s really wonderful with positive memories. Other times it’s the worst when I can remember everything about something I want to desperately forget.
But when I look at this coupon dispense, I’m reminded of every grocery store trip ever in the summer when I was little. My mom, of course, used to have to take my brother and me with her to the store in the summer since we were out of school. I still remember walking into the overly air-conditioned Jewel and it was the same routine every time. Start in the produce section where we would see the lettuce get the rain accompanied with appropriate rainforest sounds, the deli (where I would always be given some cheese), sometimes I got to look at the book of fun birthday cakes by the bakery (and sometimes they would give me a cookie), then we would go the freezer stuff, then the cereal aisle, and up and down the other aisle until it was time to check-out.
Disney Channel Games were basically the Olympics for kids
I was the kid that rooted for pretty much all the teams. I mean how on earth was 10-year-old me supposed to decide between Miley Cyrus, Sabrina Bryan, Ashley Tisdale, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and Vanessa Hudgens!? Impossible. So I cheered for everyone because I just hoped they were all having a good time. Honestly, I’m still like that.
Only the most exquisite cereal bowls
There was nothing better than getting up on a summer morning. There were no feelings of being rushed to eat your breakfast and get ready for school. But what made it even better was eating Froot Loops, Rice Krispies, Fruity Pebbles, or Reese’s Puffs out of a bowl with a straw. I had the yellow one and my brother had the blue one. Bowls with straws were truly a breakfast game changer.
Be kind, rewind
Most people went to Blockbuster, but not us. We were a Hollywood Video family. I can still smell the weird scent of bleach, popcorn, and tape and feel the over-worked AC pumping through the vents. This AC feeling is not to be confused with the Jewel one because they are obviously so different, duh.
I would bounce through all the aisles between wanting to take home Princess Diaries or a Mary-Kate and Ashley movie (New York Minute and The Challenge were the best ones and you can’t change my mind). Then I would find my brother looking at the PlayStation games and it would be time to check-out. It wouldn’t be a complete trip if I didn’t ask for raisinettes (I was a weird kid, I know).
Family movie nights
We could all be squished in my parent’s bed watching Sled Dogs with popcorn and Caprisuns. Or we could all be sprawled out in the family room watching the Country Bears. We were definitely spoiled in the movie department because we have endless amounts of VHS tapes and DVDs.
But of course, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. My brother and I would fight about what movie we were going to watch. Even though that is funny to look back on because it’s so ridiculous.
Webkinz addiction was real
First came Barbie.com, MyScene, Polly Pocket, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel games, Club Penguin, and Toontown. Those were my addictions. Honestly, they were pretty darn fun to play and I may or may not go back and play them every now and again – college is stressful, y’all. But when my friends in my girl scout group were talking about these little guys, I knew only one thing: I NEEDED it.
So, one morning after days of begging my mom to go to a local coffee shop (it was the only place that really sold them around me when it first started), she finally said yes. I still remember that day, I made my bed listening to Hannah Montana 2 soundtrack and then went and picked out my very first Webkinz. After several minutes of deciding which one I should get, I settled on the pig. I ended up naming her Belle, I think. Not long after Belle the pig came into my life, I adopted over fifteen-ish Webkinz.
Stardoll started my “blogging”
Guys, I’ve been making friends on the Internet since 2010 (shoutout to Taylor if you’re reading this!). I was obsessed with Stardoll. I really liked making up stories and writing them in the little “Clubs” section which basically was like blogging. So, I guess that’s where I found that I really like writing for strangers on the Internet to read.
I could easily lose hours on this website in the summer with myself or some friends. You know those designated computer rooms with the desktop monitors, a large black office chair, and someone’s sibling arguing with y’all to get off because it was their turn? Ah, those were the days.
Libby Lu Birthday Parties
Glitter body mist, Princess Polish, and the colorful hair extensions. I personally never had my birthday here, but when my friends did it was everything. I always opted to go with the pop-star look because I was convinced I was going to be the next Hannah Montana. Plus, you got to get those styling draw-string bags.
Slipping and sliding all over the place
I was a water-obsessed child. You could catch me in my grandma’s pool with blue lips and chattering teeth and when my mom asked if I was cold I would tell her no. I would love anything with water that I could get my hands on – a pool, slip n slide, sprinklers, water gun, water balloons, or just a good ole hose.
I still really love swimming and water. However, the time I get with it is fewer and far between as it was 10 years ago. Honestly, I still have a slip n’ slide that I bought at Target a couple of years ago. I used it last summer and so I think it’s time to break it out again. Do I still get bruised up and scratched legs from it? Absolutely. But that’s part of the fun.
So, that’s a wrap on the first Summer Rewind post! There are tons of things that I didn’t include in this post. If I did include everything, we would be here forever and really no one wants that. I really hope y’all liked it because this was really fun to write. I’m really excited for the rest of the series and I have a lot of exciting ideas.
What are some of your favorite 2000s childhood summer memories – I would love to hear them. Let’s just all get nostalgic and sappy together.