Summer Memories…

September 7th, 2010

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As part of a share-your-story program for Kellogg’s Love Your Cereal, I’m writing a series of weekly posts about breakfast routines, nutrition and all the million-and-one reasons why we should love cereal!

This week’s topic is: What were your favorite family moments this summer? Did you have any memorable breakfast moments?

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This summer has been a doozy. I can’t even believe it’s almost over already. I have to admit it’s taking me a minute to search around my cobwebby brain to find a good memory, let alone a good breakfast memory. Not that we had a terrible summer, it was wonderfully full of life but it did have it’s fair share of challenges, which of course are terribly present in my mind at the moment. Don’t you hate that?

the deck

We did have a really good time at the lake. Breakfasts were usually spent on the deck under the trees, waiting for the sun to make its way over the mountains and through the trees to finally shine on us about ten o’ clock. I’d sit in my chair sketching and drinking a cup of coffee while Bug swung in the hammock or chowed down on a bowl of mini-wheats at the picnic table. I have to admit I miss eating breakfast on that deck. I might have to move a table out to our patio just so I can recreate that outdoor feeling.

More recently we’ve been spending time out with my mom in the sticks. Life has been complete chaos, like it always is out there. It seems every six months my family likes to take their life and up-end it. Why, you ask? I do not know. That’s just the way they are.

This month my mom is moving out of her mobile home and into a studio apartment next door. Moving is fine but she decided to move at the exact time that friends from out of town are visiting. There’s nothing like playing hostess while the furniture is being lifted up and carried out right from underneath you.

Thankfully the friends who are visiting are very flexible and roll with the punches like they were born into this family. Maybe that’s why they are such good friends in the first place.

In the midst of all this crazy moving—with half-packed boxes everywhere and clutter creeping out of closets and taking over every available surface—we have kids who need to eat. For some reason they keep popping up and insisting they’re hungry, and you can’t ignore them no matter how busy you might be. I racked my brain to think of what I could cook in a kitchen that looked like a tornado hit it. Why didn’t I pack snacks?!! I thought to myself.

Just when I thought I’d have to open a can of nearly-expired tomato soup that nobody was going to want to eat, my mom plopped down a box of Frosted Chocolate Mini-Wheats on the table in front of my hungry child. You should have seen my kid’s eyes pop open. Chocolate Mini-Wheats? We didn’t even know they made such a thing. It was like dessert for breakfast and I was fine with that because I knew she was getting a good serving of fiber along with all that chocolate.

mini cereal for mini people

“They just called out to me when I was at the store,” said my mom said with a shrug.

You might think the chocolate mini-wheats called out to her because they taste good but that would be wrong because my mom is one of those weirdos who doesn’t like even chocolate. I know!!! What is wrong with her?

mini wheats

They called out to her because she has three granddaughters and a daughter who love chocolate like nobody’s business. She also knows I love anything mini, even healthy cereal. The fact that it’s wheat-based cereal probably factored into her impuse to buy it, too. If anything, Grandma wants her girls to eat something that is yummy and good for them with lots of fiber.

At the end of the day, I might be perturbed at my mom and her crazy life, or the fact that her organization methods defy logic, and the bad timing in this whole moving thing right when a friend of ours from out of town was visiting…but I can’t ever say she doesn’t love us.

it was good...

It’s just sometimes her love shows up at the most unexpected times. Like breakfast.

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79 Responses to “Summer Memories…”

  1. Mami2jcn Says:

    The highlight of our summer was our family’s trip to Myrtle Beach. We stayed at a resort with an on-site Starbucks and had breakfast there every morning before heading to the beach.

  2. karen Says:

    The hightlight of my summer was kayaking among the migrating shorebirds in Cape Breton. They didn’t mind my presence at all. I was able to sit quietly among them when my boat beached on their sandbar and get lots of beautiful photographs. ~karen

  3. Mama Spark Says:

    I had 2 things that were memorable this summer. My daughter participated in her first triathalon and I went with her. It was a wonderful weekend in Traverse City with my oh so grown up (22yo) daughter. The second thing was a few days away with my hubby in the heart of Amish country (Berlin Ohio) just the 2 of us. Great giveaway!
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  4. Heather D Says:

    I was able to enjoy the great weather with my 9 month old twin girls! WE found out they LOVE the water and spent as much time as possible in the pool and the lake! They looked adorable in their matching swimsuits and floaties..I could not ask for a better summer as a first time mom!

  5. Tabathia B Says:

    Well when we went to the beach we tried to eat breakfast on the beach (buffet style) but we ended up eating at Bojangles which was okay but we loved eating by the pool
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  6. Melissa R Says:

    Favorite moments this year was we learned some new boardgames and tried to play them every week. It was great quality family time together. Plus stepdaughter learned some new things from it

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  7. Jenny B Says:

    My kids are totally in love with Chocolate Cheerios now. And I have to admit—this momma likes them too:)

    Jenny B

  8. Jenny Says:

    The best breakfasts are wehn we’re camping–because we have bacon! And camp coffee, and everyone is HAPPY!

  9. swisspotluck Says:

    My favorite breakfast memory is of eating Swedish pancakes out on the shaded deck during the really hot days. The pancakes were served with fresh whipped cream, fresh strawberries, lingonberry jam, and powdered sugar. Heavenly.

  10. shelly aka allysmama Says:

    My favorite breakfast memory revolves around my hubby getting up and cooking for me!! He is a wonderful cook, but he works a lot! On special occasions, he will cook omelets fou breakfast! YUM
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  11. Kate Says:

    My favorite thing we did this summer was hiking, camping and canoeing with my fiance, friends and our dogs. The breakfast staple is Special K bars and Pop-Tarts, because they are easy to grab on the go.

  12. Nelli Says:

    This summer’s breakfasts have been so special since my husband has prepared almost every one since April. That’s when our little girl was born, and he took it upon himself to get breakfast for both of us to let me get a little more sleep. He does better than I ever did! I love it!

  13. Nicole Greene Says:

    We always have waffles and eggs every Sunday morning during the summer.

  14. B Smith Says:

    I think my fave summer moment was our very spontaneous trip to the beach. Great memories!

  15. Allison Says:

    I loved taking my baby on walks. Also, hiking and camping, basically just being outside and enjoying the nice weather.

  16. Kerry Says:

    My son learned how to cook scrambled eggs this summer. He made them for all of us one Saturday morning – it was so sweet!

  17. Kerry Says:

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  18. Amanda Starr Says:

    My daughter and I spent lots of time making smoothies this summer

  19. wanda Says:

    We slept through most mornings! We stayed up too late! haha

    But we did go out for lunch as often as we could and spent time shopping! :)

  20. Betty N Says:

    My favorite summer family moments are when my grandkids come to visit…just talking with them and playing with them is so enjoyable. I fixed all things they liked for breakfast…blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs and choice of fresh fruit, etc

  21. barbara wright Says:

    You’ll have to ask the gerbil if there are any good breakfast stories. The kids sleep until noon and I’m not a morning person, so the gerbil is the only one who MIGHT have a good story – and he’s not talking.

  22. Kelly Massman Says:

    Making pancakes for 15 people while we were camping was a pretty interesting experience.
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  23. Debra F Says:

    This summer I got to take my boys to my parents summer house for the weekend and we had a ton of fun. We went blueberry picking, fishing, boating and swimming. The best part was the blueberry pancakes we made the next morning for breakfast!

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  25. Nicole Says:

    My favorite moment was taking our daughter and son to the new city pool and watching our daughter develop a love of the water. She started out a bit timid at first, but after a few times, she was swimming under water. A memorable breakfast moment was having my daughter ask for ice cream for breakfast every morning.

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  27. sy Says:

    we made parfaits with berries and melons, they’re so tasty in the summer.
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  28. sy Says:

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  29. Krisitn M Says:

    My favorite family breakfast was the day after we got home from China to pick up our daughter. She had only meet our boys for a few hours the night before. That morning my MIL made sweet rolls. After my daughter finished her sweet roll, she promptly grabbed my youngest sons and started eating it too. We all laughed except for my youngest son of course. I will always remember that breakfast!

  30. LLL with Leslie Says:

    My favorite family breakfast was homemade biscuits and gravy and having my nephews over to enjoy it!!!

  31. Lewis F Says:

    My favorite moment was visiting my cousins’ vacation house sitting around the breakfast table and recalling family stories. Gives you a sense of belonging to the family.

  32. Some Lucky Dog Says:

    We had some fun mornings around the breakfast table when all our grandsons were visiting over the summer. That’s about the only time seem to get to the table all at once for breakfast! They like having cereal, waffles, or “egg in a nest”!

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  33. Renee' Simmons Says:

    Finding unique breakfast stops while traveling this summer.

  34. Susan C. Says:

    My favorite breakfast memory from this summer is making myself a bowl of plain yogurt, granola and fresh berries. So good!

  35. Maria Says:

    My favorite breakfast moments are not cooking because my son would get up not too early and cook pancakes for breakfast almost every day.

  36. stacy h Says:

    my fav memory was making poached eggs with my mom while on vacation with her/my extended family in wisconsin.

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  37. Annmarie W. Says:

    My favorite breakfasts over the summer were during our week-long vacation in Cocoa Beach, FL! We’d eat on the balcony of the condo we rented before heading down to the beach for the day!

  38. Leah Says:

    We loved camping by the lake. We also loved swimming! It was so fun!

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  39. Jen Says:

    This was a summer of mini-wheats! I promised a friend to help her with her garage sale. That morning I grabbed a box of mini-wheats and hustled to her house. Spent the morning lounging once couch in her garage having cereal and waiting for customers!

  40. amber Says:

    Ooh yummy, that cereal would call to me too! ;) For our oldest girl’s birthday, we had a pink breakfast, her favorite color. Hot pink pancakes, eggs, and biscuits. Fun and yummy! :)

  41. Jessie C. Says:

    The highlight of my summer was camping with my family. Breakfast in the early morning by the cabin and tent was fabulous.

  42. Henria O. Says:

    Saturday’s are my dad’s day to cook breakfast. He always cooks too much food and my family and I love to sit around and enjoy the company of my parents and younger siblings. We get to enjoy this most often during the summer!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  43. kristi Says:

    My favorite breakfast moments were when we cooked breakfast together. Pouring some cereal is pretty great too.

  44. Georgia Says:

    Cooking eggs, bacon and toast over the morning fire up north with my sister and kids!
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  46. eunice b Says:

    We moved this summer so we didn’t have time to go camping like we enjoy doing in the summer, but my favorite memory this summer was sitting around the fire in our backyard, drinking coffee and talking with my dear husband! These are a few of my favorite things!

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

  47. David Gresh Says:

    We went to IHOP for a pancake pigout.

  48. Tracey Says:

    We took a week-long family vacation to the mountains of TN; breakfast each morning was Kelloggs cereal eaten in the kitchen of our rental house!

  49. Susan Smith Says:

    We spent a lot of time at the pool and also took a trip to see our family our of town. We had a great breakfast with our extended family one morning.

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  51. Eva Says:

    Going to Sixflags was the best part of my summer!
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  52. Jie Wen Says:

    Watching the sunset, making brownies, sleeping in everyday!
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  55. Steph Says:

    we loved eating breakfast together on the cruise ship to alaska!

  56. Janine Says:

    My favorite breakfast memory from this past summer included going out for breakfast with my husband’s grandparents. It was great to catch up with them and have some great laughs early in the morning. :)

  57. Deb Anderson Says:

    My nephew recently got married and moved out of state, so we made a weekend trip to go visit him and his new wife. She made breakfast for all of us. What did we have? Why, Kellogg’s of course! She hasn’t yet learned to cook. :)

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  59. Belinda P Says:

    Going Camping was a huge hit for our family. The kids had so much fun!!!

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  62. PauleyD Says:

    My favorite family moment this summer was when we went camping and visited our grandparent’s family farm and rode horses and milked cows.
    My favorite breakfast moment was cooking free range eggs from the farm. I guarantee you they taste better than the ones you get from the grocery store.

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  63. MARY Says:

    my favorite breakfast is when I have my grandchildren to share it with me and my frosted flakes.
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  65. Amy V Says:

    My favorite family moment this summer was being able to pick up my niece in Florida and take her with us to our big family reunion because my sister and her husband just couldn’t make it this year. We had a great time with her along for the ride. She helped me on my breakfast morning when I made waffles for 30 relatives!

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  66. Carolsue Says:

    Our best breakfast memory was having breakfast with Mickey Mouse in Disneyland this summer
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  67. KAte Says:

    Our favorite breakfast memory was having a pj day after we moved and we had breakfast for all three meals!!

  68. shel Says:

    This summer was all about sleeping in and some very late breakfasts! My daughter and I also did “cooking camp” this summer where I taught her some of my favorite recipes. That girl makes some mean brownies LOL

  69. Dee Says:

    my favorite moment is when my little niece wanted to treat us all to her specialty breakfast and basically ended up wrapping pieces of chocolate in bologna lol

  70. sandra Says:

    i took my kids to the village restaurant and they got to see their donuts being made

  71. Samantha Daleo Says:

    My main summer breakfast memory was trying to eat cereal at the beach on the 4th of July. It washilarious because it was very windy, but we got it done and had lots of laughs in the process.

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  72. LAMusing Says:

    A nice breakfast memeory is treating ourselves to breakfast at a local cafe with a beautiful outdoor patio. Leisurely and delicious :)

  73. Norma Says:

    My daughter made me breakfast in bed – waffles, bacon, OJ. Very sweet.

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  75. Lori Z. Says:

    Apparently I make awesome camp omlettes as discovered in our big camping trip–the kids ate everything and asked for more.

  76. Katie Says:

    My best breakfast memories from the summer are watching my 11YO daughter enjoy the little boxes of Kellogg’s sugary cereals that I only let her eat on vacation!

  77. Grammy T. Says:

    It was wonderful when my husband and I flew to Charleston for our son’s graduation and got to take him out to breakfast!

  78. jamie Says:

    EATING POPTARTS ONE MORNING!

  79. Selene Says:

    The best memories don’t just involve breakfast, but are centered around the weekend with my 5 children and their children. This only happens 2 or 3 times a year.