Summer Time РDay One 

 
 First, well second day of summer for our family. Tomorrow will be the first weekday off of summer. This time off seems so long at the Easter break. A couple months off from school. Then you start filling the calendar. 

While driving to church today, MaM asked about having a birthday party on her birth date in early August. She became a little disappointed when we had to tell her she couldn’t have a friends party on her birth date. Why, it’s a weekday and it’s the back to school night. I can’t believe we are already looking at the back to school night. 
This made me think about how soon they are going back to school. Two months. Eight weeks.
When you add in all the normal summer things families do during June and July, vacations, birthday parties, weddings, scout summer camps and a week at the grandparents, the time will go by extremely fast. I sat there driving to church thinking holy cow.
Growing up in Chicago, we got out of school just after the beginning of June and went back in late August/ early September. I know, that was then. But, the summer seemed like an eternity. Baseball or football every single day. Don’t forget swimming. Had to do that everyday as well. And we did everything every single day. Then we got up at 8am the next morning and did it all again until the street lights came on signaling it was time to go home. 
This summer is going to be a fun one for the kids. This is the first year they get to play with kids who live in the neighborhood. In the old neighborhood, there were a lot of grandkids who visited. This is also the first summer they are both riding bikes on their own. 
Another family tradition we are going to start this year is playing four square as much as we can. I think the kids like playing with me because I can’t hold my phone. Another tradition I’m going to start is being more “present” when I’m home with he kids. I’m going to log off more and be there more. 

In an effort to reduce screen time, we are limiting it to the afternoon time. For all other parts of the day, they need to find something else to do. 
What are you summer plans?  
Note-This is part of a daily writing exercise to improve my writing. My goal is to publish something about what’s going on in my life each day. Thank you for reading. 

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Things That Make Me Happy – My kids going back to school

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I am not happy because this frees up my days. This makes be happy because my kids enjoy learning. They love school. We are very fortunate to have two children who enjoy the learning process. I can remember a tantrum The Fox threw two years ago because he was mad he couldn’t read like MaM could. And MaM had just learned to read.
Tomorrow, The Fox stars his academic journey with his first day of kindergarten. I don’t have any memories of my year at St. John Fisher’s, on the south side of Chicago. I wonder if my parents were excited or happy to send me on my journey.

Have your kids started school yet?

Have an awesome day!

The purpose of this Happiness Series is to share the things or events in my life that bring happiness to show how others can achieve happiness in the same ways. These posts are in no particular order and they may happen a day or so before they post. Certain themes may repeat, but the accompanying photo never will.


Things That Make Me Happy – My kids doing something I taught them

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I am pretty sure she learned this from me. Since my wife doesn’t read my blog, we’ll blame her.

The purpose of this Happiness Series is to share the things or events in my life that bring happiness to show how others can achieve happiness in the same ways. These posts are in no particular order and they may happen a day or so before they post. Certain themes may repeat, but the accompanying photo never will.


Things That Make Me Happy – Fun Family Pictures

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I love being able to take fun pictures with my kids. In this shot, MaM and I recreated the first time we held her, on the day she was born, eight years ago.
Happy Birthday, MaM. I hope you enjoyed your special day.

The purpose of this Happiness Series is to share the things or events in my life that bring happiness to show how others can achieve happiness in the same ways. These posts are in no particular order and they may happen a day or so before they post. Certain themes may repeat, but the accompanying photo never will.


Things That Make Me Happy – The Little People

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My kids bring lots of joy to me. It’s not all flowers and roses and unicorns. We’re a normal family and they have their moments. But, I look at the good qualities. The fun stuff. Yeah, they say and do some silly things that bring Michelle and I tears. We seem to have one of those cry from laughing moments once a week. It’s amazing to see how they have grown. MaM and her wanting to read poetry with us and The Fox wanting to be read to every night.


Free Comic Book Day With The Kids

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Had a fun weekend. There was soooo much to do. It was a full day, Free Comic Book Day, Star Wars event at the Indiana State Museum, and Cinco De Mayo party. The kids really loved the free comic book day. MaM was on the search for an unicorn comic book. The Fox was good with anything. That’s the beauty of a four year old mind. They go with the flow. They are just happy to be involved.

The first comic book store we hit was Carnival Comics, on Keystone. First thing we asked when we walked in the door was “Do you have any unicorn comics?” A phrase I never thought would ever come out of my mouth. At least with people who do not follow me on Twitter. The guy behind the counter, who looked nothing like the comic book store guy on The Simpson’s, said no, but I may have something else. This was something MaM was ecstatic to hear.

This place had a large selection of free comics. There was Batman ans Superman and many others I had never heard of. The kids loved looking over the selection. Each person was limitied to four comic books. So that meant The Fox got five comic books and MaM got seven. As long as she got more comic books than The Fox, she was happy.

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The second shop we visited was in Castleton, Downtown Comics. There was a line outside the door stretching all the way past the three neighboring stores. That was a little too long for me. There were a couple of people walking around in costume. Batman, Robin, Poison Ivy, and Cat Woman. MaM’s first reaction was “That’s Cat Woman, she’s evil.”. That’s when MaM’s world got rocked. Cat Woman walked up to Bat Man to get a picture with some people. MaM froze when this happened. I not sure what was going on through her head, but she didn’t like it. I think she wanted Bat Man to do something to her.

When we got home, the kids couldn’t wait to run into the house with their comic books to show their mom.
It was a fun day. I’m lucky that I got to spend it with them.

LKM

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