If you get to Kerby Lane Café early enough on a Saturday morning, the time of day when you wait not necessarily for a table, but for an available high chair, you might get the chance to meet Dori Kelly, balloon artist and face painter. Dori saunters cheerfully from table to table sporting a fanciful balloon crown to showcase her handiwork. My two year old daughter Sofie requested a flower hat, which Dori swiftly fashioned with great flair. The pink flower protruded up from the back of the hat on a green stem and bounced playfully with every movement of her head.
Pancakes. Balloon hat. What more could a girl wish for?
When we arrived home we went into the backyard to blow bubbles and she proudly donned her new colorful headpiece. As she jumped around catching bubbles, the one-size-fits-all balloon hat eventually slipped off of her head and onto the grass. And then the inevitable happened.
Pop! Pop! Pop! . . . POP!
And it was gone.
Most parents with school-aged children wait for that first day of summer break with as much, if not more, anticipation as their children. We envision picnics, swimming, sleeping in, and days that are not filled with commitments that require feeding, packing, and loading into the car by a certain time frame that will never be met. This joyful bliss typically lasts about 24 hours, when parents realize the kids do not sleep in (at least those under 12 years anyway), and these kids need to be fed, entertained, and kept from accidentally setting the house on fire. All day long. Not exactly what you envisioned as your relaxing summer. While summers will never have the same meaning as they once did, there are some things you can do to help you and your offspring survive the summer and successfully make it to next September, and possibly have some enjoyable moments along the way.
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