A Bitter Sweet Goodbye to Summer Recap

Today is the first day of September. The end of summer has finally come and next week my son goes back to school. It's a bitter sweet moment.

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Earlier this year I quit my job with the aim of spending more time with my son. At that time the demands of working full-time was causing me to become disconnected. So I decided to change our lifestyle and bring the focus back to us as a family. And so for the last 7 months I've been a stay at home mom and loving it!

As I get things organized and ready for back to school, I can't help but let out a few sighs. Yes I am looking forward to getting some kid free quiet time, but I have to admit that spending the summer with my son was awesome. Even though he was in summer school, we still found time to hang out together for some of the coolest activities. Here's a very quick recap of some of the things we did this summer 2012.

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We took our first big out of state trip and we visited Philadelphia. We had a blast. We visited all the famous sites, landmarks and the zoo. It was great to show my son the Liberty Bell and see him add his name to the US Constitution. What a way for us to start the summer!

Even though that was our first out of state trip as a family, since the start of the year we've been busy enjoying activities here in NYC also.

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For the start of the New Year we visited the Rubin Museum of Art to celebrate the Himalayan New Year. A special moment happened as my son added his note to the New Year feeling board. I asked him how he felt and he said he was happy. Then he drew 2 smiling figures on his note. I asked him who they were and he replied "Daniel and Mommy". My son was happy I was there with him and not at work.

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This year we also went to the American Museum of Natural History for the Cherry Blossoms: Japan Fest. While there we wrote message for our friends in Japan living in the aftermath of the Tsunami. It was a teaching moment for my son to understand his connection to the Asian community.

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We enjoyed some time in Central Park after seeing a puppet show. Central Park is great for going on rock climbing and other nature adventures.

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We hosted a Kinect Xbox & Pixar playdate where our friends came with their families to enjoy gaming with us. I was excited to do this with my son since gaming is such a bonding experience for us

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We were able to sneak in another trip out of state to Baltimore for the Monster Jam "Path of Destruction" Show. After seeing the monster cars, we enjoyed touring the Inner Harbor area.

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As summer came to an end we stayed close to home and enjoyed some local activities and events like Cook Out NYC (where we learned how to cook with Kimchi), the Nintendo Wii U Experience NYC (where we gamed AND danced), meet and greet with Elmo and Jaguar Chill NY Experience (where we enjoyed ice cream!)

Can you believe this is just some of the things we did? We did tons more I didn't mention! As I look back on all the things we've done, I think the timing was perfect. As he grows, I'm sure my son's summer activities will become more about soccer practice then just spending time with his mom. But for now this summer was all about us. I'm really glad I was able to enjoy such a fun filled summer with my son.

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3 comments:

  1. Shelly from MomfilesSeptember 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Wow, you guys really did a lot of neat things together. Glad you had so much quality time creating wonderful memories. You are an excellent mother.

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  2. Your summer looked fun! Kids really do respond to the attention/focus they need. So glad you could make that work. Happy Fall!

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  3. Summer may be over, but you'll have the memories...and you two have a lot of awesome ones! Loved your recap!

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