Don’t Let Work Get in the Way of Summer!


Summer

The summer has arrived and this year, I have no intention of spending it how I usually do…working. (says the “Recovering Workaholic”). Like most working Moms, the only way I know that it’s summer is the increased cost of the grocery bill. Other than that, it’s more proposals, presentations, and other marketing tasks for me.

This year, my eldest daughter is having none of it. “Can we do something fun this summer, Mommy?” So, here we are, scouring the Internet for events. Luckily, I don’t think the kiddos will disappointed. There are tons of events happening around Metro Detroit and I am determined that the family to going to have fun!

Here are a few spots that our family will visit over the summer:

  • Head to the Park-There are many great parks in the metro Detroit area that have plenty of things to do for the kiddos. Our favorite parks are:
  • Go Zoo Crazy! The Detroit Zoo is perfect for our family, if only we could ride the train throughout the whole park! The best event offered at the Zoo during the summer is the Wild Summer Nights, which offers concerts and activities on Wednesday nights during July and August from 6:30pm to 8pm.
  • Take a Trip to the Library – A visit to the library during the summer is perfect for the kids because it encourages them to continue to use those thinking-caps! Southfield Public Library has the Ticket to Read program, which includes activities and a reading program for all ages — from the smallest readers to adults!
  • Visit the Festival of Hope! Every year Hope United Methodist Church hosts the Festival of Hope. The event, which returns to the metro Detroit area July 13-16, 2017,  is free and provides carnival style food and games and live entertainment. Visit this link to learn more about how to save money on all-day ride wristbands and ride tickets!
  • Venture to the Outdoors – The Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit, offers to educate families about the great outdoors through insightful exhibits and air conditioning. Events of interest to my family include the WOW – Wild Over Wednesday , which occurs the last Wednesday of each month.  For a whopping $0, from 6 to 8 p.m., visitors can take part in the special programs, fun and games around a specific topic each month, plus enjoy all the exhibits. In addition, the Center offers story time for the kiddos, hands-on experiences, games and informational sessions for interested visitors.
  • Get Cooking! The Eastern Market is one of the oldest and coolest marketplaces in the country. During the summer, they offer Kids Summer Cooking Classes. According to their site, these lessons are targeted at ages 6 – 12, and each class is $10. Classes will be held in the Eastern Market Community Kitchen in Shed 5 from 9:00am – 10:30am.

Enjoy the summer and don’t work too hard!

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Off to Day Camp!


kids_climbingIt’s official! Our middle child has joined the ranks of the infamous day camp! He was a little nervous yesterday morning as we went through the final checks of his backpack – does he have a change of clothes (check), extra pull up for just in case accidents (check),  snack (check), blanket for nap time (check). I looked over at him and realized that my little baby boy is growing up. Won’t be long before he is racing out the house and leaving us behind.

Of course, the hubby noticed my apprehension and comforted me subtly so I wouldn’t burst into tears. I held them in and kept my concerns in check. I chose to go into work late so that I could witness this important milestone. The drop off went without a hitch. He went into the classroom and left me behind without even a goodbye. The promise of fun activities and pizza for lunch lured him away. I checked on him later on and he had already assimilated into school life,  standing at the door quietly, waiting to go into the gym.

My husband reports that at the end of the day he was very happy to go home but had a great time and is excited to go back. Most importantly, he was dry! We are definitely on our way to being fully potty trained.

And so we begin the second day of camp and I went off to work, hoping that my precious son will be safe and happy. He must have thought about his poor Mommy because he called me from his Dad’s phone to tell me to have a good day at work and that he was going to school to play with this friends.

Life goes on…