What Did You Do On Your Summer Vacation?

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Sitting in my office/studio at the Community College of Aurora, my email dings. It’s a note from the head of HR reading:

How did you spend your summer and what does summer represent for you? 


Please send me a picture of you ‘doing summer’ with a short caption of what the photo shows!   Just for fun, we’ll be creating a slide show of you all to share at our annual fall kick off meeting! 

 I’ll need photos no later than Monday, August 14th at 5:00 p.m. to insure that I can get them all in the show!

I immediately smiled.

This summer has been all about family – my extraordinary wife, Amy, and our two exceptional and beautiful daughters, Arabella age 6 and Arianna age 4.

I took this summer off from my studies with the Berklee College of Music, meaning – no weekly assignments and no homework! I typically carry a nine to fifteen credit semester load. This is in addition to my full-time post as Music and Entertainment Entrepreneurship Program Director at the college, concert touring with Amy, running my music and entertainment business, and raising a growing family.

So this summer – I have had time to play, and play I have!

This has been a summer of “firsts.” Experiencing “firsts” is one of the greatest joys as a father of young children. Some of this summer’s firsts include:

  • Arabella learned to ride a bike sans/training wheels
  • Arianna took gymnastic lessons (My Dad would have been so proud)
  • Bowling
  • Roller Coasters
  • Belly Flops
  • Eyes open under water
  • Mini Golf
  • Snapchatting
  • Piano scales
  • Major and minor chords
  • Late, late nights staying up past bedtime (a few)
  • Fireworks

The days are long, but the years are short



I genuinely treasure the precious moments I have to spend with my family, being family. Well, most of the time! There are days when the estrogen level is so high in my house I feel like I’m drowning in taffeta and tea parties! But I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s been a wonderful summer, and I am so thankful for my family and the time we’ve had to play.

Playing, after all, is truly my daughter’s primary love language at this stage. And I want my daughters to know how deeply their daddy loves them.

Amy’s love language these days is wine… Just kidding! But we have shard some special, romantic, quiet moments, after the girls have been tucked in, to savor a glass or two… and our love for each another. “A bottle of white. A bottle of red. Perhaps a bottle of rose’ instead…” Thank you, Billy Joel.

So to wrap this up, I did post the “Rolling Stone” pic of me and my girls taken at Celebrity Lanes, with the caption:

Summer is for “ROCKING OUT” with my Spice Girls! “Yo! I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want…”

Of all my passions in life, and there are many, spending time with my family is what I want… what I really, really want, most of all.

How about you? What did you do on YOUR summer vacation? I would love to hear. Post your stories below. I’ll be sure to respond.