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Making the Most of Summer Vacation
For a time of year associated with rest and relaxation, summer vacation is a surprisingly busy few months. Once school ends, kids and parents want to fill their days with as much fun as possible and avoid wasting time being bored. In preparation for summer, my son, Grant, has been taking swimming lessons. He’s doing a great job, and I expect he’ll be a real Aquaman before school’s back in session. Usually, Grant would want to show off his new skills and spend as much time as possible at the beach, but this year, he’s going to be a bit more landlocked. Over the summer, Grant will be visiting family in Chicago. This is a big trip for a nine-year-old, but I think Allison and I are more nervous about it than he is. Grant’s excited to see his family and visit the city he used to live in. Someone who certainly isn’t excited for Grant’s trip is Aidan, his younger brother. I know he’s going to miss Grant while he’s gone, and I’m worried he’ll be a little lost without his big brother. Aidan isn’t dreading summer by any means; he’s excited with the promise of being able to ride his own bike. Of course, at 2 and a half, he’s nowhere near ready to take on the “big kid” bike, so he’s still learning how to scoot around on a tricycle. He’s slowly getting the hang of it, and he really wants to ride around like his big brother. By the time Grant gets back from Chicago, I think Aidan might be able to do just that! However, our boys aren’t the only ones with big plans this summer. Allison and I hope to find time to visit Santa Barbara and see our friends. The four-hour drive feels much longer when you’re balancing kids’ school schedules and work. With the extra free time, we’ll be happy to make a trip out of it and enjoy quality time together.
It’s been too long since we’ve been able to spend a night walking around downtown Santa Barbara or enjoying dinner on Stearns Wharf. We’ve also missed the Santa Barbara beaches, which are absolutely stunning. Our friend’s home is close to the ocean, so regular beach access isn’t a challenge. Laying on the beach in Santa Barbara is truly special, especially when I get to enjoy the sunset with my beautiful wife. Thinking about it, I might have to create a checklist so I can make sure we all enjoy this summer to the fullest. Though, just going with the flow feels like it would me more in the spirit of the season. Whatever we do, I’m sure we’ll have a fun time.
I hope everyone has a great summer, and don’t forget your sunscreen!
- Ron Wilcox
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