Fireworks, picnics, parades, Baseball games, and swimming pools. These are the things I’m most looking forward to for my kids’ first Summer in the States. Let me back up a bit—we’re an American family, but we lived in Belgium for the past 7 years, so our kids (aged 4.5 years old and 2 years old) have never lived in the U.S. that changed in December when we moved from beautiful, rainy Brussels to beautiful, sunny Colorado. Pulling off an international move with two small children and little outside help (in the midst of the unprecedented security lockdown that Brussels was experiencing at the time) is a post for another time, i.e. when my wine kicks in, but lets just say it was a challenge. We made it though, and we are loving our new life in the mountains and I for one can’t wait to show my kids all the U.S. has to offer this summer.
First up—taking them to an outdoor swimming pool. Brussels had lots of indoor pools but no outdoor ones since, honestly, the weather is only good enough to swim outside for a few weeks a year. But our new home in Colorado boasts more sunshine than Miami and has tons of outdoor pools to explore. They will start opening in a few weeks and I can’t wait to take my kids swimming. Sure the applying of sunscreen and fighting over wearing sunhats will be annoying, but I grew up going to the pool every day in the summer and I loved it and I hope they will feel the same. Now let’s just cross fingers no one poops in the pool.
Next—the Classic American pastime—baseball. Yes, it can be boring, yes, the games can take forever, but there is something really wonderful about going to a baseball game in person. My son went once as a baby when we visited the States, but he doesn’t remember it and now that he loves playing baseball in the park and in the backyard I think he will truly love the experience of going to a real baseball game. There’s nothing quite like it—the players, the sound of someone hitting a homerun, the food, the music, the crowd, the emerald green grass on the baseball field—I think both my kids will have a ton of fun, so I’m just itching to get tickets and go.
Last up—American Independence Day, i.e. the 4th of July. This is a great American holiday full of parades, picnics, classic American food, and fireworks. My kids have never been to a 4th of July parade (which usually boast lots of firetrucks, marching bands and candy) and they’ve never seen big fireworks. I remember being scared of loud fireworks when I was little and then loving them, so I will be curious to see how my kids do with the big booming displays that accompany the 4th of July, but I’m betting at least my older one will love them.
Summer in the States—we’re ready for you!
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