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August 06, 2005



i did the same thing this summer with my 7 year old son and 5 year old daughter (another Zoe!). we've had a great time. there's been a lot of days spent in the inflatable pool, lots of playdates with friends, and some movies and visits with family. i really feel like we've been able to relax and unwind, and that the kids will be ready for school in a couple of weeks.

when i started reading the numerous program schedules for the summer, i could feel myself getting uptight about it. then i thought about my summers as a kid. we had so much fun, and rarely was any of it planned or scheduled. the best times were those spent on our bikes exploring the neighborhood, running through the sprinkler, helping out at the family garage sale, hiking through the woods, building forts, etc.

i decided to try to give my kids the kind of summer fun i remember. and while we, too, have watched a bit too much tv, i think overall i've achieved what i hoped for.


Good on you for providing your kids and yourself with an unforgetable, chilling out, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of holiday. The adjustment period getting back to school and work may be tough, but, I would imagine, so worth it!! Enjoy the rest of your summer break. Naomi

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