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Summer Vacation 2011 Begins and I Become Mr. Mom

One of the great perks of being an educator is having the summer off.  I love being able to spend so much time with my two children.  Once mid June arrives I shift into Mr. Mom mode.  I look forward to spending time at The Henry Ford (picked up a family membership in November) and swimming at my parent's place.  We will also be making trips to Chapman elementary school for the summer reading program the Gibraltar School District offers.  I am sure we will also make some trips to the Trenton Public Library as well.  I try my best to keep the kids active, both physically and mentally over the summer months.  Please be sure to keep your kids reading this summer, it is very important to keep the brain active over the summer!

One thing that I have learned since starting my shifts as Mr. Mom.....how tough of a job it is being a stay at home parent.  Being a parent itself is a tough job, but the day-to-day work of being the main caregiver is exhausting and seems never ending.  My mother was a stay-at-home mom for most of my younger years and did an amazing job raising me and my siblings.  Now that I am stay-at-home for part of the year, I have even more respect for the "job" my mom did at home while I was growing up.  Shout out to all of the full time stay at home moms and dads out there.  Your hard work is often over-looked by many.

I would really like to write a full review of my new iPad 2 that I picked up on Saturday, but the truth is I am having a hard time wrestling it away from my two kids.  They are constantly fighting over it and love playing on a few of the "apps" I picked up for them.  I have started reading my first e-Book on the iPad (it will be my July Read of the Month) and I enjoy the format.  I think I will be ready for a full review this weekend.  So far, I am loving working on the tablet instead of pulling out my notebook computer.  Stay tuned!

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