Summertime in the City

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Parents can lose perspective.  There are times I go in search of Chris just to whine, “I need you.  I can’t figure out what I should do.  Kyla wants this and Tori wants that.  Dash and Jack won’t stop asking me for things. Help!”

I am so glad for the summertime.  I need this time to have later bedtimes and relaxed days.  While we are still keeping up our morning routine, it’s not the same rush of the school year.  If we don’t get started on morning chores until 9:30, that’s okay.  We all need time to relax and not rush.  As for this summer, I can honestly say that I am going to soak in every last ounce of heat.  We haven’t put in our window air conditioners yet.  Unprecedented, I tell you.

When we watch the weather each night, while I really like Jerrid Sebesta (who has now left KARE11), I hear, “Blah, blah, blah, better go to the lake tomorrow, blah, blah, blah.”

Seriously, that’s what I hear.  And for the rest of the summer with no big plans, that’s what I plan to do.  Go to the lake, go to the park, go to the pool, work in the garden, repeat.

Oh, and eat some ice cream.

Don’t miss out on our Summertime Playdate on Friday, July 11 from 10:00 am-whenever you want to go home.  It will be full of so much fun:  Swimming at Lake Calhoun, riding the trolley, eating ice cream at Sebastian Joe’s, and so so much more.

One week later, the Aquatennial will be in town.  There will be so much going on, that catch what you can and don’t worry about the rest.  I kind of hope to make it to the Torchlight Parade, but if I don’t, I can always try again next year.

We should  also make sure that we get to some date nights with or without the kids.

Of course before any of these events happen, we get to celebrate Independence Day.  And my goodness, the Twin Cities have celebrations galore.


You can make July as busy or as relaxed as you would like.  What a great month to enjoy time together.

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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.


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  • This is me, too! Even though I have to work, I declare July my “vacation month”. I don’t worry much about housework or responsibility and I avoid structured activities for the kids. My husband gets up early enough to have coffee with me every morning, and I stay up later to spend some time with him in the evening. And I really, truly enjoy my kids most of the time. I try to keep this going the rest of the year, but it just doesn’t work. There is just something about July in Minnesota.

  • Hey Gianna, that sounds like a great summer! What are some of the festivities that the Twin Cities has this time of year? I’m looking for some fun options for my family in August.

    • Hey Nathan. There are lots of festivities in August. I will be publishing a list of the the different town festivals soon. One that looks incredibly interesting is the Irish Fair. Look for more information soon! And don’t forget about the State Fair at the end of August. Thanks for you

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