Wednesday, August 27, 2014

School is upon us! How are you feeling about that? Dana Mentink here, and I have mixed emotions. As a third grade teacher, it's always exciting to take the plunge into the school year with a new bunch of eager kiddos. As a mom of two highschoolers, I have anxiety about the various ups and downs that await my two teen girls. As a writer, I face the disequilibrium of balancing two careers. As we trek into the unknown, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my five fave moments from summer vacation. 

1. Visiting Amish country in Sugarcreek, Ohio. Stepping back in time was never so sweet. I enjoyed every moment of touring Amish country and meeting folks who live a completely different life than my own. 

2. Reading! I crammed myself with every possible novel I could manage! 

3. Spending sweet moments with the family. A "go fish" card tournament and summer at the movies for the Mentinks! 

4.  Growing my garden. Having schlepped tomato seeds back from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello garden, I savored every moment of watching my Brandywine tomatoes come into ripeness. 

5.  Enjoying the break from the intense demands of teaching and those dreaded concerns about grades, homework and social dramas for my girls. 

What was your favorite moment from summer? 


  1. I always have mixed feelings about my kids going back to school, too, Dana. I miss them! But I can also get more work done.

    How did the tomatoes turn out? Were they good??

  2. I have high maintenance child LOL. I'm glad when school starts. Right now, so is he.

    My favorite summer moment was White Water Rafting in Durango!

  3. Dana, your highlights sound wonderful! Brandywine tomatoes are delicious even when not from Monticello. Those must be spectacular.

    My favorite moment was seeing Mt. Rainier and hiking through fields of subalpine wildflowers.

  4. Seeing friends at RWA in San Antonio was favorite moment.

    Dana, I used to go through what you're going through right now.

  5. I'm always glad when the kids go back to school, Dana. Then again, I'm not a teacher. :)

    RWA was definitely a high point of my summer. Okay, maybe it was just the Harlequin party. Still, it wouldn't have been near as fun had it not been for sharing the experience with so many of these Craftie ladies.

  6. RWA was my high point of the summer and seeing old friends and making new ones.
    When I did teach, I enjoyed the week before school started, preparing for my high schoolers.

  7. Dana, your summer sounds like it was a lot of fun. I had two high points. Going to San Diego with hubby and two daughters, a son-in-law and two granddaughters. Going to Texas was where I got to see my brother and his family, then my 93 year-old aunt, then RWA. Finally, it was nice to get back home after being on the road for 10 days.

  8. Dana - what fun memories to savor! I'm an empty nester so the end of summer doesn't carry nearly the same feelings for me that it did when my four kids were still at home. My favorite memory from this summer was a family vacation we took that three of the four kids were able to enjoy with us. I really treasure these moments when we can get together this way.

  9. One of these days I'm going to have to go to RWA.

    Yes, Missy, the tomatoes were a triumph!

  10. School doesn't start for another week up here in Canada and...this week we're finally getting warm weather, so...still working on the best memory. :D

    Love the pic!

  11. Enjoy every last moment of summer, Sandra!


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