I can’t believe there is only 1 week left of summer vacation before the kids go back to school. The summer months typically fly by because we are so busy trying to fit in recreation for the children into our already busy schedules. It is very important to my husband and I for our children to have summers filled with fun, adventure, laughter, and great memories. As full-time working parents who do not get summers off, this task is not always easy to fulfill.
As they say, “It takes a village!” That is so true in our circumstance. I am very thankful I have my network of family, friends, and community members who exposed our children to a huge variety of experiences. Not only did my children have the times of their lives, but they also learned important skills and lessons needed for life.
None of this would have been possible without a group of some very special people to whom I want to show my deepest gratitude:
Thank you, Grandma M., Grandpa J., Uncle P., and Aunt J. for showing our kids the times of their lives over the 4th of July weekend so Jed and I could witness history at the final 3 Grateful Dead tribute shows. This was definitely the best live music Jed and I have ever seen in our lives, and we are so grateful you all stepped up to make this possible. The kids loved every minute they spent with all of you and most of all, loved swimming with their cousins.
Thank you, Uncle P. for hosting our son along at sleep-away boy scout camp. He loved spending time with you and his cousin. He loves his new fishing pole – what a great birthday present! Thanks to you, our son learned how to fish, shoot a bow and arrow and a BB gun, and muster up the confidence to perform in a skit in front of a group. We were also very happy to see the smile on his face when he came home telling us the skills he can’t wait to learn at boy scout camp next summer.
Thank you, Grandma M. for hosting my daughter for 2 weeks and my son for 1 week so they can attend G Force and nature camp. You also took care of them for a couple of days after school ended. This allowed us to conserve our hard-earned time off for real vacations. While they were in your care, you showed my son how to dive into a pool and my daughter how to swim in the deep end with the help of a noodle. They have a love for the water, which is wonderful. You took our kids to a farm to pick berries and vegetables. You also got my daughter to eat scallops and sweet corn! Both children had a blast with you and often tell us stories about their adventures.
Thank you, Boys and Girls Club for providing us with affordable day camp for both children. You took our children to explore at aquariums, zoos, and children’s science museums; swim at a local lake; and play in a local amusement park, trampoline park, laser tag facility, and bowling alley. It feels great to hear them talk about the fun days they had at camp.
Thank you, to my neighbors who are also my children’s classmates at school. Ever since my son learned how to ride a two-wheeled bicycle, he and his friends have ridden around the neighborhood. My children have several friends who live in a 2 block radius from our house. Every day after camp, my children are outside playing with their friends on their bikes, scooters, and our swing set. I love that my children spend time more time running around in the fresh air than watching television.
Thank you, to all of the event planners who produced kid-friendly music events this summer. We specifically had so much fun at Soup Stock in Shelton, CT, and Dead-Fest in Warwick, NY. Also, thanks to Bring the Hoopla for teaching my little girl how to keep the hula hoop on her waist.
Thank you, Grandma and Papa for coming up to care for the children for the days leading to the first day of school. They can’t wait to spend time with you so they can go to the park, go out for ice cream, eat at the Mexican restaurant, and play hide and go seek. Maybe our girl may try new foods for you!
Now that the summer is almost over, I am happy to say both children are ready to go back to school. Both children just found out who their fourth grade and first grade teachers will be. We are starting to gather school supplies again. I know my children are looking forward to sharing stories about our amazing adventures, life lessons, and the fun we had this summer. We know none of this would have been possible without our village.
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