At the beginning of summer, I requested a list from each kid of activities and places they wanted to visit over their magical nine weeks off. Some items (swimming, ice cream) were easy peasy and have already been crossed off many times over. Others I may avoid most of the summer!
During the week, we mostly eat at home amidst the chaos of after school activities and homework. My husband and I feel that it’s important to sit down and enjoy some family time with our kids over a meal, even if it’s only for 15 minutes. We’ve learned that family meal time requires a fair amount of planning and then having the fortitude of sticking to our plan. Without a plan, or our commitment, it’s simply easier to order out or dine and dash.
I have a countdown to draft day and the season opener (Thursday, September 15 against the Jets, in case you were wondering). I follow players on social media. I even once caught myself tuning into an AM radio station press conference while in the TJ Maxx parking lot. To be honest, I don’t even know who I am anymore considering that before this past year, I’ve never really cared about sports or watched a full game of anything.
A few weeks ago, the winter weather got just a bit too much to handle and cabin fever was setting in strong at the Gill household. I searched for things to do locally that wouldn’t cost a small fortune and that would be easy to do by myself with the kids. Thanks to a suggestion from a follower on Twitter, I decided to visit the Buffalo Botanical Gardens.