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Aug 21, 2015

Quote BubbleWhen's the last time you went to a wedding? Did you get a paper invitation or an Evite? And did you notice whether the bride and groom were collecting gifts in a cash box, a satin bag, or a dirty shoe? We talked about these and other wedding trends, with a detour into bar and bat mitzvahs, and noticed that we're all in the stage of life where we're sitting back and waiting for our friends' kids (and our own kids?!) to get married.

That led us into a discussion of the swiftness of time, especially in the summer. Ironically, it's our Canadian Nicole who has no sorries at all to offer about her fun summer, which included a visit to the Motherland. Catherine's looking wistfully at blank chore charts and unsent barbecue invitations, while Terri plans to squeeze all her summer fun into her family's upcoming vacation. Amanda moved her entire household this summer so we're giving her a pass on accomplishing anything else.

Finally, we shared our weekly recommendations: Catherine mentioned her new article on adding more vegetables to your family's diet (which is actually a plea for new cucumber recipes); Amanda recommended a piece by our colleague Lexi Walters Wright on the summer movies of 2015; Nicole noted that we would all feel better about our summer accomplishments after we read this list of 50 summer activities; and Terri suggested her resources for family events -- Family Gathering Survival Kit, Family Gathering Bingo, Safe Things to Say to Parents of Kids With Special Needs at Family Gatherings, and the All-Purpose Apology Template.

Thanks as always to Jon Morin for editing our episode and Kristin Eredics for our happy in-and-out music. If you're reading this somewhere without hyperlinks, come to http://parentingroundabout.com for the full recap experience.