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Every year I’m reminded how important it is to enjoy the summer months during our harsh winters. Unless the weather doesn’t cooperate, we get outside every day. It might be going to the park, or even a big vacation. But it the fun that we have in our own backyard that we enjoy most often.
It is amazing the fun you can have outside, right at home. Some of the activities we’ve enjoyed just this month include setting up a tent. We would have loved to camp overnight, but the weather wouldn’t cooperate. That didn’t stop us from having a ton of fun reading inside the tent under the stars.
We’ve had several picnics in our backyard. Watermelon just seems to taste better outside on a blanket.
We let the kids be silly. Table manners while eating on the ground go out the window. But that is ok because these are special memories in the making.
Warren had his first chance to roast marshmallows by himself, under direct supervision. This summer rite of passage was a big deal for him. He learned how not to roast them quickly and soon was browning his own tasty marshmallows.
The boys have played in trees, blown and chased bubbles, and created artwork together with sidewalk chalk. I even learned that my kids are better at tag than I am. It is these small, everyday family moments that I will remember about this summer.
And it is the small decisions that I make for my family every day that make me proud to be their mom. Even the decisions that seem ordinary and trivial to some, like what kind of dishwasher detergent to use.
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