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Winding Down the School Year, Running Toward Summer

In a matter of hours I will help my girls get ready for the last day of school before summer break. It’s hard to believe that summer 2012 officially starts for us in less than 12 hours when that final bell rings and all the kids flood out of school to waiting parents or the big yellow buses who will take them home.

Amelia and I started our summer adventuring a day early and ran up the most excellent hill pictured in the photo above. Amelia cruised right up laughing the whole way. I ran 5 miles before our hike, so I went a bit slower and focused on keeping my iPhone camera steady. When the sky is blue and the clouds are out, I always have to snap some pictures.

I wish I could say I was ready for summer, that my house has been completely reorganized and all my summer magazine work is done. But no. There is still work to do on both the domestic and professional fronts. In time it will all get done. Somehow. Some way. But tomorrow when that final bell rings, I plan to drop everything and celebrate. If I had a boom box, I’d bring it to the school parking lot and blast “School’s out for summer!” Thankfully for my kids I don’t currently own a ¬†boom box. (Those are considered vintage now, right?) Maybe I’ll hook up my iPod to the the car stereo…

Then after we party for a bit, I will finish making looms for Sunday’s opening of the Fulton Street Artisans Market. I’ll be in booth 40 selling looms, magazines and recruiting folks to help me weave another “dream house” that will be on display at Maker Faire Detroit at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn on July 28 & 29. Stop by my booth Sunday, weave a square and tell me about what you make. Bring show and tell. It will be fun.

Ok, I gotta go pack the car for tomorrow’s 9 a.m. craft segment on WZZM Channel 13’s “Take Five” morning show. I’ll be previewing the Fulton Street Artisans Market and showing samples of some of the handmade goods that will be for sale. Some of the samples are breakable, so wish me luck.

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Comment from Sarah in Houston
Time: June 8, 2012, 2:32 am

It’s so nice to have you blogging more. I’ve missed your podcast, so this is good to ‘visit’ with you. I think your ‘dream house’ is awesome.We got out last week. (I’m a teacher.) My school’s mascot is Dalmatians so we always end school with – Who Let the Dogs Out. It’s a great tradition. I always sing Schools Out for Summer to my husband and grown son when I get home. Have fun at your Artisans Market.

Comment from DianeP
Time: June 8, 2012, 8:05 am

Thank you for the beautiful picture and reminding me of that wonderful feeling of freedom and complete relief when the last school bell rang for summer!

Hope you and your family have a wonderful summer!

Comment from Brenda
Time: June 8, 2012, 10:34 pm

I won’t be there at Grand Rapids, but I am going to try my best to go to the Henry Ford Museum on July 28. I am going to try to buy one of your looms on your Etsy shop and you can tell me how me and my boys can participate in building the dream house. Funny thing. I was watching an archive show from 2009 on Entralak on the Detroit Public TV website and they had you there talking about your podcast so I looked you up. I live in Michigan too. :-)

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