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August 23, 2013 - Kristy MacKaben
Somehow summer is over. Well...technically three more days until school starts, but we're pretty much done. This summer was fantastically busy and adventurous---vacationing on both coasts, grilling, camping, marshmallow roasting, boating, biking, swimming, golfing, hiking, making new friends, keeping the old, cleaning up after new puppies... Everything summer brings we did it and more. Why, then do I feel like we're not finished? How could I possibly feel like we missed something or maybe didn't do enough? Because there's always more to do. That's why. I was completely determined to end the summer on a superior note. As this last week of precious summer neared, I couldn't help but reflect on all those afternoons I spent holed in my office, working while the kids entertained themselves. We could have been exploring the city or finding a new hiking trail or trying a new sport, or anything. Not that the kids were deprived in the least this summer, but there was still more to be done. So, we created a list. A completely wonderfully secret list of all the things we would still like to do before the summer is over. We wrote down our wishes on scraps of paper and put them in a bowl. (Julie of course helped Johnny.) Each day this week one person picked a wish and we did whatever was written. This has been such a fun end to the summer. We met friends for ice cream one night at Red Mango, our favorite frozen yogurt spot. We spent the day at the super fun pool that resembles a water park, and today we explored Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, which was such an awesome experience. Tonight we had special Mommy and Julie and Daddy and Johnny dates where the kids picked out school clothes and slurped on smoothies. I'm not sure what tomorrow brings, but we already decided the weekend will be filled with campfires, marshmallows, a Friday night concert and picnic and a trip to one of our favorite restaurants where the kids can play in the lake.

 
 

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