What was the best thing you did with your kids this summer?

What was the best thing you did with your kids this summer?

As we sit here on the verge of September, I am somewhat bewildered by the fact that summer seemed to fly by.  I've been feeling disappointed that we didn't do many of the things that we usually do. I've spent the last couple of days trying to cram in a million end-of-summer activities for our family. It's been kind of crazy truthfully (my husband keeps saying that we surely must be getting close to the end of whatever imaginary list I am marching us through).

However, I can't shake the feeling that I could use another couple of weeks here. SO MUCH LEFT TO DO! On Friday, I organized one last trip to the beach. Yesterday, we hit the pool for a season finale. Today, we planned a last-minute excursion to U.S. Cellular Field to see the Sox play the Tigers. And the rain better hold off tomorrow because I've got more big plans for the official last day of summer.

I spent last week focusing on all of the things we DIDN'T DO and boy did that make me cranky. We didn't visit the Chicago Botanic Garden or the Morton Arboretum. Not once. Our evening concert at Millennium Park was a disappointing rain out. I totally forgot about the Brookfield Zoo somehow. Not nearly enough beach excursions. We never set foot in the state of Michigan for berry picking of any kind.

Today, I asked my kids to tell me the three favorite parts of their summer. And their answers made me realize that I was looking at everything all wrong. Although they each named some perennial faves, each kid focused on something NEW we did this summer. Camps that they were finally old enough to attend. Our first sailing trip on Lake Michigan. The fact that we made THREE separate trips to visit their grandparents and cousins in Pennsylvania. The dozens and dozens of baseball games they each played. Sleepovers. Learning how to trot a horse.

When I really started thinking about it, I realized that WE'VE DONE A MILLION FUN THINGS THIS SUMMER. Sure, we missed out on a couple of our usual faves. But we replaced those with new experiences and memories.

And you simply can't do it all, my friends. But this summer, we did more than enough.

So I was wondering.... what was the best thing you did with your family this summer? I'd love to hear about it. My guess is that your family did more than enough too.

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