Thank you for being so amazing. I may be the only parent that doesn't want you to end, officially or unofficially, today, on Labor Day. Preschool starts this week and we have been discussing all of our summer fun with the kiddo so that he would remember something fun to share at school, something other than the time I threw out his soiled underpants when we were on vacation and I didn't want to put them in my purse to bring home.
Anyway, in reviewing all of the activities we did, I realized that we went non-stop all summer long. I compiled a photo file of the different activities that I managed to capture on my cameras. When I realized I was up to 75 photos, I decided there were too many to share here. I may have to make a photo book, as Summer, you were that good.
We spent a lot of time at Sesame Place, since we had season passes. That turned out to be a fantastic purchase used many times. The parades were fun to watch, we saw our favorite characters and for the first time, the kiddo went on the water rides and loved them! We started summer on Memorial Day at Sesame and we ended on Labor Day Sunday at Sesame.
We also went to the Please Touch Museum, often. The kiddo LOVED playing water ice worker. We went to the zoo, the Morris Arboretum, many playgrounds, and ate way too much ice cream and cupcakes just because.
Mini vacations, maxi vacations, day trips: we did it. Starting in June we went to LBI for a week of fun in the sun. The kiddo turned into a boogie boarding, crab and fishing, fish eating beach bum. He also got very blonde! We visited out buddies on the Eastern shore of Maryland twice for co-parenting weeks, and had a blast! There we traveled to Chincoteague, Virginia to see the wild ponies, check out a yarn shop, eat awesome ice cream at the Island Creamery, and go to the beach on Assenteague Island. Back in PA we went to the Poconos for the day, Strasburg RR, the PA RR Museum and even spend the whole weekend in Lancaster.
We saw fireworks at the June Fete and at Sesame Place. The kiddo decided that they are too loud, but he still likes to see them, just maybe next time with ear plugs. Besides the rides at Sesame, we hit two carnivals and an amusement park at the beach. The kid likes things that spin in circles!
The dollar movie at the local theater got us to see Puss in Boots, which turned into a new favorite movie. Kiddo also saw Madagascar 3 and Ice Age 3, both making him laugh. On yucky weather days we headed to Bounce U to burn off energy or to Mr. B's to play inside. A visit to Philadelphia and the Academy of Natural Sciences was a fun way to learn about fossils and creepy crawly things.
This summer was our first year as members of a local CSA. Almost every Friday afternoon we headed over to the farm to pick up our share and pick what ever was in season, including blackberries, peas, beans, cherry tomatoes and even asian pears. We learned about how our food grows and we tried lots of new veggies. We also grew our own tomatoes in the yard, along with carrots. We went blueberry picking twice and made blueberry jam. We ate lots of tree ripened peaches, including in the car since someone couldn't wait to eat one at home. We tried fresh from the hive honey and found it to be the best tasting treat, while also learning about what a bee keeper wears.
And with everything we did, there are still a few things I had wanted to do but we ran out of time! So, on our fall to-do list is to visit the Liberty Bell and the US Mint in Philly, and have a "surprise" lunch with daddio.
Summer 2012, it was a wonderful few months. Here's hoping for a fantastic Fall 2012!