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Another school year has come to a close and my kids are excited to be sleeping in! Like most parents, I get a little sentimental when the school year ends. Everyone, I mean EVERYONE, tells you all the cliches about how fast the time goes when you kids are babies. "Don't blink", "Enjoy them while they're little because it goes fast", you've heard them all and all of ithem are 100% true. 

My son, Coen, just completed his freshman year of high school and will soon be driving himself to school. I'm looking forward to him shuttling himself around, but honestly, YIKES! My daughter, Ravenna, will be in 8th grade in the fall - then she heads to high school and my Lily baby is right on her heels. There is a point when you start to count the years. Mine was this past year. I have about 3 years before my son could potentially head out on his own, and the other two will shortly follow. WHERE DID THE TIME GO??? Why didn't anyone warn me???? Oh, wait.... 

I guess, I'll just hug them every time they get within 3 feet - even though they roll their eyes a grunt at me. I will make them answer my nosy questions about their day, their plans and their friends. I will take them out to have ice cream for lunch and agree to drive all over the city to pick up their friends and chauffeur them all around. I will read all those sappy "I didn't realize this would be the last time for... " things on Facebook and get all weepy. I will do all these things and I will be grateful, and know that I am blessed with these babies. babies

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Friday night was a beautiful night at Rock The Lock at Lock 3 in Downtown Akron! I mean, spectacular! The weather was perfect. Local favorites The Angie Haze Project opened for The Original Eagles Tribute, Hotel California and people came out in droves! 

One of things I love most about Akron is the live music. There is always some place to go hear live music. The City of Akron has a FREE concert every single night of the week somewhere! You just have to grab a blanket and show. As a kid, my parents and I would bop around to all the free shows. I grew up on The Howard Street Blues Band, The Akron Synphomy and even saw Paul Revere & The Raiders perform on one of those truck/ stages! Going to those concerts in the park were some of my favorite memories with my parents. If you haven't had the chance to enjoy any of the other events The City of Akron offers outside on WONE's Rock The Lock, I invite you to check out this summer's concert series schedule here. My faves are the dance and orchestra shows at Hardesty Park around The Akron Arts Expo. Akron is an amazing town & I'm so proud to call it my hometown! rtl sunset

 

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