How was your summer? Did you get out and see lots of movies? We certainly did: Jurassic World was well, O.K.; Inside Out, Loved it; Ted 2, Really, what was that about?; Mad Max, WOW!; Terminator Genisys “Welcome back, again”; MAX, tear jerker; Magic Mike XXL, Mike, that wasn’t magic! AVENGERS Age of Ultron,Yes! ANT MAN, Paul Rudd attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts with me, so it was great!
We took a trip to Toulouse, France for my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday. The south of France is beautiful, and spending time with family was great. We also made a trip out to Chicago for the Blackhawks parade. Watching two million people show their pride for their home team was moving. Navy Pier is always a great place, and we took our annual Ferris wheel family photo. The wheel is going under construction, but will be back up soon. We wrapped up the summer with two weeks at our place out in California, and it was a fantastic finale to our summer.
If you are headed back to school yourself this fall, welcome back! If it’s your child’s first day of school as a pre-K or kindergartener, congratulations and get ready enjoy the free time you have missed for the last four to five years! Well, kind of …
If you were “lucky,” the summer months were long, hard days of working on your tan (maybe by gardening), hanging at the lake house (it’s not really much of a vacation if you have to clean this house too), or by the pool (maybe your kids invited the entire neighborhood over and they are constantly asking for food and something to drink) and hopefully some sort of vacation with the entire family (a.k.a.“why did I agree to this?”). When the last week in August arrives, there are quiet sighs of relief and a hope that you will get your “me” time back. I know, I know, it sounds harsh, but be honest, you know I’m right.
The way the world works now, you also need to start planning for Spring Break 2016, next summer’s vacation, camp weeks and birthday parties. And don’t forget all of the time off from work you will need for your child’s school projects, concerts and assemblies. And if you are entering a child in school for the first time, prepare to dedicate a few volunteer hours to the school that you might be required to do every semester.
Don’t forget that Labor Day is that fantastic holiday at the end of summer, because your child will be going back to school the next day. We wanted to call it Independence Day, but that name was already taken. Enjoy your beautiful fall days ahead.