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Is summer really over?

Is it me or did summer really fly by? Or is it because my daughter Taylor never misses an opportunity to let me know all the things we didn’t do this summer. I feel like between the normal hustle and bustle of our ever so busy lives and special events like birthday parties and family gatherings our weekend schedules were packed. Not to mention in our household August is the busiest month of the year with our Wedding Anniversary, both of the girls Birthday’s, two college send offs, and back to school for the girls…I can’t keep up! Nevertheless, I feel like we had a pretty good summer…. and guess what summer isn’t technically over until September 21st. So we will continue to enjoy this beautiful weather for as long as it lasts and hopefully we will make it to the beach one of these days.

Leave me a comment! What did you do this summer with your family or share your most memorable summer moment?

Take a look into Adventure’s in Terryland summer edition!

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First day of School!
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Birthday Party! Royal Princess style!
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More Birthday Fun!
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Wisconsin State Fair. Yum!
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Labor day weekend. Enjoying downtown Chicago!

 

We love these smiles! Family fun!
We love these smiles! Family fun!

 

Raising a generation of doers

 

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you all had a great extended weekend! Yesterday was observed to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His life should be a great inspiration to all of our lives and should inspire us to do more, as he lived such a life dedicated to being a blessing to other people. This quote by Dr. King really inspired this post.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
Martin Luther King Jr.

My husband and I were talking at the end of 2011 about how we wanted as a family to do more community service projects with our kids and in 2012 we wanted to be in a situation to be even more of a blessing to people. I think that as parents we have to teach as well as let our children see us serving and helping people who are sick and less fortunate than us. We want to raise our children as a generation of doers. Kids that think about others before themselves and are always thinking of ways to help others.

I compiled a list of volunteer activities for your kids and things you can do together as a family:

  • Pick up litter or garbage in your neighborhood
  • Make treats such as cookies or cakes for a senior or nursing home
  • Collect food, clothing, and toys for the needy and deliver them to shelters
  • Have a teddy bear drive and deliver them to a homeless shelter
  • Make holiday or birthday cards for sick children in hospitals
  • Sign up to serve at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter
  • Hold bake sales to raise money for the needy or good causes

Here are some organizations that you can partner with to find volunteer activities:

chicagocares.org

generationon.org

greaterchicagofooddepository.org

childrensmemorial.org

larabida.org

4-h.org

Know of other organizations or activities? Let me hear from you….Leave a comment.