ADVICE TO PARENTS FROM PARENTS

You will receive so much overwhelming advice and information that it may be hard to find what works best for your family.

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If you were to ask us three years ago if we were ever going to partner with a brand like Pampers, we would never imagine! However, Pampers has always been our go to diaper choice ever since we found out we were expecting Emily as first time parents and adding that to our baby registry. We have loved Pampers since the very beginning and it has always been such a recognizable brand even before having kids; they were just so relevant all of the time.

When things were taking off on The Baby Gang channel back in 2016, we truly wanted to find an opportunity on how we can work with brands we love and be a go to resource for those who are new to parenting, existing parents or have multiple children like us and our parents. That being said, Pampers was the first company we had ever reached out to as a brand that came top of mind. Just like magic, and something that still blows our minds to this day is the exciting opportunity to partner with Pampers!

After two years we have worked on some very unique and inspiring initiatives with Pampers and one thing we have learned is they are a very innovative brand who always keeps moms, babies and parents top of mind. They do so much for so many communities on a local and global scale and even partnering with The Baby Gang, they have really allowed us to give back to our communities and help those in need when expecting their newborn. They offer such quality and it really shows the effort they put in to making their product, they just care!

You may recall earlier this year one of our previous blog posts on ways that you can save time and money (hyper link to be added to previous Subscribe and Save post). Pampers offers an innovative way for you to stay organized and stocked up on all of your diaper/wipes needs, which is super ideal for those busy parents on the go or those who just can’t seem to get it together…. really any parent. Amazon’s Subscribe and Save service is not only for diapers, but wipes as well. We often forget that we use our baby wipes just as much as the diapers. I know we want to admit that it is just for cleaning a dirty bum, but I think it is safe to say we have all used our wipes for various other purposes. Cleaning our little one’s hands, wiping their faces and hey, maybe washing some crayon marks off the way….guilty! They are just so versatile.

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The Amazon’s Subscribe and Save really offers great value and convenience for your family. The way it works is very simple. Through Amazon you start by selecting the product you want: Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes, Pampers Natural Clean Baby Wipes, Pampers Baby Dry, Pampers Swaddlers, Pampers Cruisers, Pampers Easy Ups, Pampers UnderJams, and Pampers Splashers (we use size 4 Baby Dry diapers), then you select the quantity you want, then to finish you choose the frequency of that product. That’s it! On the same day every month, you get a special delivery. Not to mention, shipping is always free, amazing! If you are receiving or storing too many diapers and wipes or maybe not enough you can skip the month, you can always adjust it You are in total control. As moms, as dads, as parents we really like to think we have it all together, but really, we don’t. The Subscribe and Save service through Amazon is a beautiful and convenient service that really makes us feel like we got this!

We have always had such a genuine love for the Pampers brand and want to share that with you. They have been a huge part of our family since the very beginning and have been a key feature in some very special moments, while also becoming a contributing factor in the growth of The Baby Gang. We hope in reading this and sharing our genuine love for Pampers that their quality product and amazing services will help you on your parenting journey.. #1stchoiceofmoms.

I’ve been using Pampers since day one and only partner with brands I truly love, prior to being contacted. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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I became a professional voice actor

Back in December of 2017 I had a wonderful opportunity to fly out to California to par-take in some incredible experiences. I had two full days to spend at Dreamworks Animation Studios to get the inside scoop on some pretty incredible projects that were going to be released on Netflix. Last year, Netflix and Dreamworks expanded their partnership with plans to release six animated series in 2018 which included the follow up and continuation to Guillermo del Toro’s award-winning series Troll Hunters.

During my California adventure, we got to learn so much about the first series to be released in 2018 which was Trolls The Beat Goes On! You can also watch season two, which was released March 9th. The show picks up where the film Trolls left off; the series will follow Queen Poppy, her boyfriend Branch, the Snack Pack and the other Trolls, and their Bergen pals, as they experience everyday life in Troll Village.

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Hanging with Skylar Astin and Amanda Leighton. Two very down to earth people.

 

One of my favorite experiences while at Dreamworks, was learning about all of the different roles it would take to make an animated series like this come together. There is just so much work.. That being said, as a group we got to participate in some fun activities. Learning about the animation, the musical production and VOICE ACTING.

The Dream team provided us a clip from the trolls series and then coached us on the process of voice acting and just like that my VOICE ACTING CAREER CAME TO LIFE!

You can watch the studio session and animated session below… I wanted to really jump out of my comfort zone and I played the role of Poppy a sweet delicate and fun girl/troll… WATCH OUT AMANDA LEIGHTON!

 

 

WE MADE SLIME! | How To Make Slime With Your Kids

I love spending as much time as I can with my kids and I hope I can always keep them engaged with some sort of fun activity that will help them learn something new!

As the kids get older I am dedicated to coming up with fun ways to keep them entertained and educated. As a parent. it also helps me learn a lot about myself and about each one of them individually. I love spending as much time as I can with my kids and I hope I can always keep them engaged with some sort of fun activity that will help them learn something new!

About two weeks ago on our facebook page we created a live video to make slime!

We had such a blast and I wanted to share it with you as a fun activity that you can do with your kids. You can watch the video live here:

WATCH US MAKE SLIME!

Want to do it yourself?  Here are the instructions:

You will need:

  • 6-7oz of regular white school type of glue (use glitter glue to make it more colorful)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. contact solution
  • Mixing Bowl
  • 1/2 tbsp. of baking soda

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl add in all ingredients.
  2. Using a spatula mix all ingredients together
  3. Continue to mix and then knead with your hands

VOILA YOU HAVE SLIME!

*Tip – If you don’t have glitter glue to use you can use food coloring to change the color of the slime!

What else would you like to see us make!?

 

 

 

 

 

 

They’re Not Cousins, They’re Best Friends!

This week is a very sad week for myself, Emily and the triplets, although I think I am the only one who really understands and knows why it’s sad. This week is the last week that I will be watching Baby Axel 😥

Aunty Gaga, Baby Axel and Uncle Mike will be moving to Calgary, Alberta later on this month 😦

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As many of you know, I have been watching Axel for the last few months after my sister’s maternity leave ended and she went back to work. At times it has been a lot of work, but the amount of fun it has been to have Axel here with Emily and the triplets everyday outweighs any amount of work. If I am being honest, Axel has always been the easiest one to take care of out of the five of them!

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From the day Axel was born, Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi have been so in love with him and sometimes a little obsessed. When Jessica would come over and Axel was still in the bucket car seat, they would run over and surround him, trying to be the first to look at him. It was the cutest thing and you could just see the love they had for him.

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Over the last six months, Jackson, Olivia and Levi have spent almost everyday with Axel, Emily included, but she is at school during the day. They have watched him grow and Axel has watched them, even learning from them, including some of their tantrum styles. It has been so fun to watch Axel go from crawling around trying to keep up with everyone, to now running through the house with them. At first Axel had no idea he was part of the game and the monster Jackson and Levi were running away from. Now he gets right into the game and even runs away from the triplets.

I am so happy that Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi had the chance to spend so much time with Axel and vice versa. I think it has brought them closer to each other as cousins, but more so, has made them best friends. I have watched them create a bond that I hope will last all of their lives and I hope that they will always think of each other as best friends.

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I don’t know what Emily and the triplets will do when Axel isn’t here everyday. The days Jessica has been off and I’m not watching Axel, they always ask where he is and when he’s coming back again. It’s going to be so sad to know that he won’t be coming over everyday and knowing when the day comes that they move, it will be a little while before they will see each other again.

I have to think that we are lucky because originally I thought I was only going to be watching Axel for 2 months, but instead we had a whole 6 months. Not only has the last 6 months been good for Emily and the triplets to bond with Axel, but it has been great for me. I feel like I have created a bond with Axel too and when he comes over to me and wants to cuddle it is such a great feeling. I think it’s safe to say Axel loves me when he will come and sit on my lap even if Jessica is in the same room =D

We all love Baby Axel so much and it won’t be the same without him here. We will miss you Baby Axel!

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Why I love FATHERHOOD

Fatherhood changed my life, my kids are my greatest accomplishment and I want to share why.

 

 

Prior to having children, I never imagined my self as a dad…especially a young dad with multiple children including triplets and a toddler. If you had asked me about kids, I would have said that I wasn’t ready and I wanted to wait. Now I hear that phrase and I think to myself, are we ever really “ready” to have children?

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For us there was no plan. My wife and I had been together for 6 years before we had our first child, Emily. I am not saying it was out of the blue – as we had many conversations about having a baby – but it became one of those things where we said that if it happened, it happened…and then it did.

Finding out I was going to be a dad was terrifying! I had just graduated school, I still lived at home with my parents, and I was only 3 years in to working my full time job as a bank teller. Hell, I had never even changed a diaper in my life! Looking back, I had no idea what I was in for. I think what worried me the most probably from portrayals of parenting in movies and on TV was the thought that suddenly your life and freedom come to an end when you have kids (theoretically speaking, of course). I was more worried about all of the judgement from friends and family about our living situation, financial situation, and that fact that we were young parents. I could have not been more wrong.

 

 

My family, my wife’s family and our friends were extremely excited and supportive. I remember telling my mom and watching her break down in tears of joy in celebration of our news. I am not saying my dad and stepmom weren’t excited or supportive, because they were.  But after breaking the news to them did not go the way I had expected it to (details aside), they eventually expressed their happiness.

One thing I learned about expecting a baby was that it “manned” me right up! I knew I had to get my priorities in order,  including, among other things, getting prepared for buying my first home with extreme excitement and focus around setting up our nursery.

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Despite everything I was worried or concerned about prior to having children, I could not have been more wrong. Fatherhood changed my life in the best possible way and to this day it is the best thing that has ever happened to me. My kids are my greatest accomplishment. I know it sounds cliché, but it is 100% my truth!

Growing up, my brothers and I had been through many unfortunate events that no child or children should ever go through. My mom was a single mother of 4 who struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and my dad was an alcoholic. I suffered abuse and neglect. I have been through foster care where I was separated from my twin brother and my other siblings for over a year. I remember a very dark past. I never had any real guidance on what life had to offer, or ways to get ahead. My first bank account was opened at the age of 8, and I had no education savings like an RESP. When it came to finances and bills, I often learned things the hard way. In hindsight, it really helped me become more responsible, resourceful, and appreciative of everything I had and everything I worked for.

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I have shared very little details about difficulties in my past, but with everything I have been through and the struggles and battles people like my mom have experienced, I always vowed that my life and my family’s life would be different. I promised myself that they would never experience difficulty or struggle like the hardship I knew from my childhood. I have used the memory and experience of those struggles as motivation to be the best provider I could be so that my kids would not go through anything close to what I had been through. Despite all of the struggles, my mom and dad are wonderful people. I can remember so many amazing things growing up with my family that would truly warm your heart. We all have our battles, and we all have our way of dealing with things. After being addicted to drugs most of my life, my mom has been clean and sober for over 7 years. She is very present in my life and my kids’ lives as well. She is an amazing grandma!

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One of the truest sayings I have every come across says, “When a baby is born, a dad is born.” I never imagined my life as a father to one baby, let alone to four. Being a father of triplets has me in awe every day. It has been two years since their birth and I am still blown away that my wife and I conceived these 3 babies naturally. The last 3 years as a dad have been the best and most rewarding years of my life so far, and I expect that to continue in leaps and bounds as my kids learn and grow.

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Fatherhood for me created such a huge spark in my life and has kept me so motivated! I want to be the best influence and as involved as I can possibly be in my children’s lives. My kids represent everything great about me and they are my greatest accomplishment. When I became a dad, I became a million things. I became a doctor, a comedian and even became a superhero! Dads are there to make things better. To heal wounds, to cause laughter and ultimately give advice. I just love learning about my kids and cannot even begin to express how blessed and happy I am to be a father to my children. They have changed my life.

 

To conclude this blog post, I want to express that fatherhood is amazing! We have such a vital role in our children’s lives and we need to be aware of how important we are and how much we truly mean to our kids. I want to express great wishes and send an honorable fatherly salute to all of you amazing dads out there!

Happy Father’s Day!

Dan.

Finding Time for My Oldest After Having Multiples

One of the biggest challenges I have with 4 kids, is the ability to make sure I am spending enough time with each one of them and making sure my time is divided equally. I know it will never be perfect and I know it will never be 100% equal, but I know how important it is, so I always try my hardest everyday.

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Going from 1 child to 4, was a huge shock and a big adjustment for myself, so I can only imagine how it must have been for Emily. Emily was only 17 months when the triplets were born and as much as we made sure to involve her in everything, it was still a big change to go from being the only child to 1 of 4.

I never want Emily to feel as though I have forgotten about her or I don’t have time to spend with her, so I have come up with a few ideas of things we can do together. I almost always take her to the store with me if I am running out by myself to pick up a few things and when the triplets are napping, I use that time to do an activity such as coloring or even having her sit in the kitchen with me if I have work to do. Just the other day when Olivia, Jackson and Levi were napping, Emily and I spent some time outside on the deck and had some lunch together. I was able to talk to her, listen to her and just be there for her if she needed something or wanted to ask me something. I know there is no need for the activities to be so complicated and I really do think she enjoys the little extra focus just on her.

It will be challenging at times to divide myself between 4 kids and all their needs individually. Finding the extra time during the day to give each one of them a little more attention and focus, will help to make sure I am letting them know I am there. When the triplets were born it was hard because when they needed me, I had to multiply that time by 3. Now that they are older and are capable of playing on their own and not relying on me for everything, I have the time to dedicate to Emily. In a way, I can now make up the time that I couldn’t give to her when the triplets where born!

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If you are subscribed to our YouTube Channel, The Baby Gang, then you would have come across our videos of In The Kitchen with Emily & Mummy. They are fun videos of Emily and I, baking or cooking some fun recipes together and then trying them at the end. Some videos include the triplets, but most of them are just of Emily and I.

I love to cook and bake and I am so excited to teach Emily some of the basic skills and techniques and of course the triplets, when they are old enough. Making the videos of us cooking or baking in the kitchen has been so much fun and Emily has really started to enjoy them. In our latest episode, we made chocolate chip cookies and I thought it was so cute to see Emily picking up on the way I say things or introducing ourselves. At some parts it may have been unclear as to what she was saying, but I know she was explaining the steps of making the cookies and it was just too adorable!

The recipes we chose are not complicated and only take a couple of minutes to throw together and I think that helps to keep the focus on the fun, which is what they are all about. It has taken me a little bit to get over the fact that the video may not go exactly how I imagined or planned, but even after the extra mess and extra time, everything has turned out great.


Baking or cooking is such a great hands on activity to do and allows Emily to learn while having fun. I think it is important to teach basic cooking skills and I find it keeps Emily engaged and eager to do more, as I am sure it would with every child! Not only does it help with learning to cook, but even with her vocabulary, learning new words and new foods and also being able to give directions when telling each step in the recipe. pb3

Sometimes it is a little bit of a challenge to find the time to set everything up and make the video, especially during the day when I am home alone. We have to wait for Jackson, Olivia and Levi to fall asleep and even then we only have a limited amount of time to record. The other option we have is to set up the chairs and have all three join us for the video! It is fun to have them included as well and I like to think Jackson, Olivia and Levi enjoy having a snack and watching us cook. It will be interesting to see how the videos will go when all 3 are old enough and ready to join in on the cooking!

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When we started In The Kitchen with Emily & Mummy, we were wearing our matching Christmas aprons. I had actually found them before we started the videos and they worked perfectly, but we needed an upgrade. Last weekend when we were in Buffalo, we were walking through Macy’s and in the corner of my eye I spotted an apron that said “mama” on it and as I was looking at them, I found a matching one that said “bebe.” They were so cute and exactly what I was looking for and on top of that they were on sale! Now we have some new aprons to wear and they add that much more excitement to each episode!

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At the end of the day, the main purpose of In The Kitchen with Emily & Mummy, is to have fun and spend some quality one on one time with Emily. Even if we decided not to record the videos, we would still be cooking together and having fun!

 

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I encourage everyone to try baking or cooking with your kids. If you have multiple kids who are ready to get in the kitchen and start baking, set up a day every few weeks for each child to join you, that way you can include everyone in the fun, but still have the one on one time with each of them! And if you only have one child who is ready, but have little ones who aren’t, set up their high chairs, set out some snacks or toys and have them watch what is going on!

To check out all of our episodes of In The Kitchen with Emily & Mummy, visit our YouTube Page, Youtube.com/thebabygang and look for the Playlist IN THE KITCHEN WITH EMILY AND MUMMY.

We are always open to trying new recipes and any suggestions, so please leave any you have in the comments below! (We will give you a shout out too, if we make your suggestion!)

Here is our newest Episode of In The Kitchen With Emily and Mummy!

We are baking The Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies!

*Emily was too cute and has really started to pick up on how the videos go!

 

Our first family science experiment!

We took advantage of a nice cold day to conduct our first ever Baby Gang science experiment!

With 4 young children who take up just about every minute of our time, we are a family who loves fun and adventure. What makes that special is doing it together, as a family. That is what family is all about.

Watching the kids grow has both Corrie and myself in such amazement to see how a developing mind works. Their curious little minds like little sponges absorbing all types of information makes me wonder how they see the world around them and what they are thinking about!

Recently on a cold day we took advantage to come up with a fun science experiment with the kids. It was -12 degrees Celsius (not including the windchill) and we wondered if water could evaporate in this freezing cold water. It had the kids super excited!

Makes for a great parenting win!  Watch below 🙂

Be on the look out for more fun with the kids!

 

 

 

 

 

HOW I TURNED MY CAR INTO A FAMILY VEHICLE

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Having multiple children at once (we have triplets) is something you can never expect to happen or plan for. We had a unique situation, we were planning for our second when Emily was 10 months old and 3 days before her first birthday we discovered we would be expecting…TRIPLETS!

To this day it still fascinates and shocks me that in 2015 we were going to have 4 kids under the age of two, but the thought of having our kids close in age was really cool! After spreading the news about our expecting multiples we had various friends and family tag us in specific baby products that could help make our lives easier or that we could use given our situation. Beds, cribs and car seats.. you name it and if it had the ability to fall under the multiples category you can guarantee that we would been tagged in it!

One product that always popped up and our friends were sure to tag us in was the Diono Radian RXT car seat. We were literally tagged to use this product 1000+ times as it had a very sleek design, reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam, extended rear facing and a five point harness system… Basically it was super safe and looked very cool with 3 seats together!  – But how did that differ from other car seats?

We had the recent opportunity to partner and team up with the our friends the Parent Life Network and they were so great to inform me that I could turn my sedan vehicle into a family vehicle using these Diono Radian RXT car seats… What excited me most is after seeing this product multiple times, it was time to make it a reality!

WATCH HERE AS I TURN MY SEDAN INTO A FAMILY VEHICLE!

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The result!?

After testing out this product, and going on multiple adventures with my triplets; Jackson, Olivia and Levi + plus Emily on separate occasions, I was in awe! I was impressed with how easy they were to install and how awesome it was to transform my sedan car into a complete family vehicle!

Given my situation of having 4 kids I had to take it to the next step in upgrading one of my cars to a mini van [and the Diono car seats have proved to be a huge space saver in the van]! But it goes to show that if you are expecting to have 1 – 3 babies, that you do not have to go out and pay all this money to purchase a mini van/SUV – you can actually save money by purchasing a diono car seat and to safely and comfortably fit your kids in your car! the Radian RxT is a great space saver with a very unique design that has a very extensive set of safety features and I highly recommend them for any family big or small!

The Diono Radian RxT car seat is a game changer!

Things dad find cool = certified impressed!

 

 

THE ULTIMATE DAD HACK


Corrie and I went out to the grocery with the kids and we found ourselves in a little bit of a dilemma. It happens often actually, but as we got home the kids fell asleep in the car. Normally we leave them be, and can be a great way to catch up on some e-mails, social media, watch a movie or even hit the drive-thru and get a meal! To think you could do all that with 4 kids and not even have to leave your vehicle is a great hack itself! But sometimes you have somethings to do, and often enough you need to let your baby nap! Or else, it’s continued chaos for the rest of the day with cranky children. When you have multiples, you need to take advantage of every chance you get in letting your kids nap ESPECIALLY AT THE SAME TIME! 

Inspired by a friend through a fun conversation about our children. The idea to remove your child while still in the car seat came to me as a genius idea!

Watch me perform the ULTIMATE DAD HACK! 

Click the link below to watch such greatness!

No weakness here. 

THE ULTIMATE DAD HACK

The Last Week of Summer (Kinda)

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Well this is the last week of SUMMER!

I can’t believe summer is almost over and we are in the final week. That means one week left to cram as much of summer in as possible and do all the things you have yet to do this summer. One week left to be care free, stay up late, go to the park, play outside, go to the beach, eat ice cream and BBQ. I know I am already trying to plan out this next week and see what I can do with Emily and the triplets to make me feel like our summer is complete. I feel like there is still so much I wanted to do this summer and now I am scrambling to get it all done in the last week.

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I don’t know what it is about school starting that makes it feel like summer is over. It’s not like I have kids who are starting school or going back to school. Realistically we could just continue as though it is sill summer, but for some reason it’s just not the same. The weather is still nice, we can still go to the beach, go for walks, eat ice cream and BBQ, but it just doesn’t feel the same when that the school year starts. Maybe it’s because everything that was open for the summer months is now closed or only open on the weekends, kids aren’t running around at the parks or malls anymore and everyone’s holidays have ended, whatever it may be, it definitely doesn’t feel like summer once school starts.

We still have one week left of “official summer” and I plan on making the most of it! I did want to go to the Toronto Zoo today, but we didn’t plan ahead and now it is too late in the day to go, but luckily it is open all year-long and even on weekdays, so there is still lots of time to go. I wanted to take everyone to a big splash pad, maybe even two this week because I do think they close when school starts. I am hoping the ice cream truck comes by (that one is for me). I want to go to the park and have a picnic with Emily and the triplets, which I think is an easy and realistic idea for this week. I really wanted to go to Niagara Falls this summer and I am shocked we never went, so maybe I can fit that into my week as well. Lastly, I want Emily and the triplets to just have fun playing outside. I am going to set up their water table for them to play with, because they really enjoyed it the other day and then have them just run around outside.

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This week is just all about enjoying the last bit of summer and enjoying the feelings that summer brings. Soon it will be cold, there will be snow and I will be counting down days until next summer. It wont be as easy to get everyone out the door, there will be more pants, sweaters and coats to bring along and the process of leaving the house will take much longer. I just love the summer and everything that comes along with summer and I am sad to know it’s almost over.

 

Is there anything that you are going to try to do this last week of summer before it’s over?

Did you get to do everything you wanted to and planned to do during the summer?