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From boating to BBQ-ing, the options for summer fun are infinite. And while we started the school-free months with a long list of anticipated adventures, after looking back at the hundreds of smile-filled photos of all the warm-weather fun we had, we soon realized all our favorite summer activities fell under three simple categories—something we dubbed the holy trinity of summer. To prove our point, we dug into the overflowing photo archives of our Bay Area editor, Erin Feher, who rarely lets a moment slip by without capturing it on her iPhone. We had a blast creating a trio of slideshows using the RealTimes app, which let us easily combine photos from not just Erin’s phone, but also the devices of her friends and family—so no angle was missed (and she actually got to appear in a few precious snaps with her family). We think the photo creations below prove that the very best summer vibes come from these three very simple pleasures. Press play to find out what they are, then create your own memories by downloading RealTimes and looking back at your own summer in a new light!

Swim!
Any body of water counts—oceans, lakes, big blue swimming pools, and even the little inflatable number you set up in the side yard. Also filed under this epic summer activity is: burying yourself in the sand, kicking around a beach ball and even snoozing on a poolside lounger.

Eat Ice Cream!
This sweet summer treat never goes out of style. Just make sure to have your camera ready (and plenty of napkins).

Hang with Friends and Family!
Our biggest discovery was that it often doesn’t matter what your doing, as long as you are surrounded by your favorite people. From long, leisurely family vacations with cousins and grandparents to “wish they lasted forever” afternoons with old friends, any old activity quickly becomes a party when friends and family are involved.

Did you get plenty of the magic three this summer? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

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—Red Tricycle Editors

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Bring your memories to life with RealTimes. Easily create montage Stories from your photos and videos. With RealTimes you can customize these Stories with your own music and titles, and share them with friends and family either privately or through social media. RealTimes also lets you safely store all of your media and Stories in a secure cloud that you can access from any device or computer, anytime – your moments are always with you. Share your moments, tell your story.