Here at Rockton we work hard to live out our mission of – Improving the lives and business success of our employees and customers by making work simple and easy.

What better way to make your work simple and easy than helping you plan your Summer by sharing the Rockton Summertime Favorites. After all, we do spend most of the year focusing on business success.  I think it is time for us to help you focus on your life success, right?

Drinks to quench your thirst

  • Sweet Tea – Shawn
  • Lemonade or a Regular Margarita – Carmen
  • Strawberry Lemonade – Sheila
  • Half ice tea, half lemonade and a splash of grenadine – Michelle
  • Margarita with Grand Marnie, Amaretto, ice cubes and salt – Jim
  • Chelada – Sue
  • Sand in Your Shorts – Mark
  • Blueberry Vodka and Lemonade – Amiee

Let’s Get Cooking

  • Grilled Pineapple – Kris
  • Bean Salsa/Cowboy Caviar – Jenn
  • Tabbouleh – Sue
  • Juicy Lucy burger – Jenn : You just need to make a trip to Minnesota to get the real deal.  Try out 508 Bar or Matt’s Bar to and help decide who has the best one in the state.
  • Shrimp Scampi – Mike
  • Frog-eyed salad – Shawn

Favorite Summertime Pasttime

  • Plant plants, primarily xeriscape, and plants to attract bees and butterflies – Kelli
  • Going to the lake and midnight pontoon cruises – Alicia
  • Step 1: Turn on the AC; Step 2 stay there – Jim
  • Time on the boat. The more the merrier – Bryan
  • Driving over Trail Ridge Road through the Rocky Mountain National Park – Shawn
  • Water World – Mark
  • Mommy and Me dates w/my kids – Jenn

Favorite Vacation Destination

  • Lake Leelanau in Michigan – Carmen
  • Europe – Kelli
  • Africa – Jim
  • North Carolina – Mike
  • Apostle island, Northern WI on Lake Superior – Bryan
  • Walt Disney World – Mark

Let’s Get Outdoors

  • Valley Fair waterpark in MN – Carmen
  • Camping, hiking, fishing, driving Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park – Michelle
  • Teaching my boys how to clean fish so I don’t have to anymore – Alicia
  • Leisurely drinking my morning coffee (no school schedule to cause me to feel rushed) – Kelli
  • Kayaking – Jim and Jenn
  • Fireworks on the 4th of July – Bryan

Summer Reading List

  • Dare to Lead by Brene Brown – Jenn
  • Educated by Tara Westover – Kelli
  • As many reps as possible by Jason Khalipa – Bryan
  • Harry Potter series – Mike
  • Nothing – it’s time for a break! – Mark

Crank up the Radio 

  • The Beatles – Jim
  • Early 90’s country and Nelly – Alicia
  • Jimmy Buffett. Tom Petty, Eric Church… everything and anything – Jenn
  • Crusin’ by Gwyneth Paltrow & Huey Lewis – Kelli
  • What isn’t? Here Comes the Sun, Carolina in My Mind, Armada Latina by Cyprus Hill, too much to name. Probably throw most of James Taylor’s songs in there, and jack johnson – Mike

What Summertime is to me

  • Top & doors off the Jeep! – Shawn
  • To me, summer is a time to get outside, recharge and spend time with family and friends. Living in the north, we are stuck indoors a lot of the winter, so I love being able to get outside,
  • spend some time on the water, entertaining and cooking outside, and ending the evening on the patio near the fire pit. – Kris
  • The best time of the year to make memories – Alicia
  • Relaxing breezy sunny days with those I love – Mark
  • Humidity – Jim
  • Getting away. BBQ’s with family and friends, fireworks, boating and motorcycle rides – Bryan
  • Time at the lake with family and watching my kids fish and play soccer – Jenn
  • Summer is my favorite season. I love to go to the beach, hang out by the pool, and just enjoy the outdoors.  – Amiee

Let’s Get Nostalgic

  • Camping with friends and singing by the fire – Sheila
  • My favorite summer memory is going to the family lake cabin and having fun with all of my cousins. We spent many summers together and those memories are something I’ll always cherish. – Kris
  • Fishing with my Grandpa when I was little and learning how to make and rig up fishing lures with my dad. – Alicia
  • Bike downhill in a rainstorm from Stechelberg to Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland – Kelli
  • Seeing Paul McCartney play Piedmont Park for $100 – Jim
  • Easy, giving birth to my son on the 4th of July. Watching our first fireworks from the hospital room together – Bryan
  • Tubing behind a boat with friends – Mark
  • Putting a talent show together with the neighborhood kids – Amiee

Well, there you have it. A jump-start on planning a successful Summer. Cheers to many memory making moments spent doing what excites, nourishes and fills you with those who mean the most.

Do you have things we should add to our list? Feel free to share them. We would love to hear from you.

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