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The Last Day of Summer

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of the J.M. Smucker Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer here in Michigan. The kids all go back to school the Tuesday after the three-day weekend.

Usually I’m ready for summer to be over and to get the kids out of my hair for a few hours each day. But this year it feels bittersweet. I am looking forward to having a clean house and some quiet, uninterrupted time to write. But I’m not really ready to let go of summer.

We went to the beach one last time last Friday.

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We loaded up with towels, floaties, shovels and our bag full of bounty from Walmart, our #Snackcation Destination, and the J.M Smucker Company. When the boys got hungry after playing hard in the water they filled up on Uncrustables.

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Which they liked so much they want me to pack them in their lunch boxes too.

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I even got them to eat some apple slices by giving them Jif Whips peanut butter and Chocolate Peanut Butter Jif  To Go for them to dip. davidapple wadetogo

Then we ended up doing it all again Monday for one more one last time, because I couldn’t let such a warm, sunny Labor Day go to waste.wadebeach

Going to the beach with the boys is my favorite thing to do in summer. I don’t want the warm days of splashing and resting on the sand to end. I mean, we have lots of days of shoveling snow ahead. I would gladly trade some of those for a little more sunshine.

The fact my boys are older has a little to do with wanting to hang on to summer too. Frankly, they don’t drive me nearly as crazy as they did when they were little. Maybe that sounds terrible, but it’s true. I’m not one of those let-me-hold-your-baby-it’s-so-adorable people. I prefer older kids, and now mine are older. They’re pretty cool and a lot of fun to hang out with. So I wouldn’t mind a few more weeks with them at home this year.

But time marches on anyway. The sun has set on this labor day, and tomorrow begins new chapters in First and Fifth Grade.

This time next year I’ll have a middle schooler! I don’t even want to think about yet!

That’s a wrap on Summer 2015. It was a good one.

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