Tuesday, September 4, 2012

End of Summer Glow

Glow night is a ritual that the kids started a few years ago when they discovered that glow lights were within their budget range...


They found them at the dollar store.

Ever since then, they have chosen one dark night every Summer and declared it glow night.


This past holiday weekend, we all gathered at the beach to celebrate the end of Summer. And the first night was dark and overcast...and the dollar store was having an end-of-season sale.  It was the perfect storm.

So we got our glow on...


And once everyone...


Was glowing to their liking...


The parade of glow began...


And we marched the five or so blocks to the beach...



In a quasi-tribal...


glow ritual...



We even had a glow mascot...


And, once we got to the dark and light-less beach, the true magic of glow night began...



The colors...they danced and dipped and bent and flowed...


A play of light and laughter.

It was glow-rious...



And so were the wizards behind the curtain...


There was even a Glowdown at the O-K Corral...



And a glow toss that delighted the late night walkers who shared the beach...


When it was over, we went for ice cream.  

And the kids gave their glow sticks to the other kids in line.  

But it wasn't only kids...there was one fifth-grade history teacher who was very grateful to receive the glow fingernails.  He planned to use them as pointers in his classroom.

And so we ended Summer by passing on the glow torch.

Unfortunately for Jack, he woke early this morning to his first day of school.

Seriously, Mom? Are we still taking first-day-of-school pictures?
Yes, Jack.  Yes, we are.  Now smile like you love it.

Happy Day everyone!

I'm off to sharpen my needles.   Woohoo!!

22 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh what fun! As always, your family has such a great time together!

gracie said...

A great and fun way to mark the end of summer....

Suztats said...

What a fun tradition!

Catherine said...

You are so lucky to be part of such a fabulously fun family!!!
My 7th grader wasn't to happy about the first day of school pic either!

Sweetpea said...

This post just makes me SO DANG HAPPY!!!!!
What a tradition, one of the best I've heard of...

Happy new school year to Jack!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

You all just keep on accumulating childhood memories with this crew..lucky yew.
xx, Carol

Linda H said...

Glow-rious!! What fun! Your posts ALWAYS make me SMILE...
Tell Jack to hang in there.. only a few more years for Mum to take pics... lol

Mary Ann said...

Those children will always remember these amazing celebrations...lovely:)

Marie Alton said...

Kewl ... lovely tradition and looks like total fun ... not to mention cheap entertainment. Totally love the dollar stores!

Oh ya!

Anne Bloom said...

Precious! Also, thank you for the picture of the dog, he is a doll! Is his name Finnegan?

FlowerLady said...

WOW ~ What fun was that! Thank you for posting this end of summer event.

Then for the kids to give the glow sticks to others in line at the ice cream place, a great way to end the day.

FlowerLady

Wendy said...

Beautiful, Susan!
Absolutely Beautiful.
Your pictures have me thinking that all those "kids" will remember such wonderful times at the beach with the Family.
Beautiful!

And i'm guessing you didn't apologize to Jack for the (almost never-again) First Day of School pictures.
That brought a tear to my eye...

=-)

Marty52 said...

What a fun, fabulous family time, Susan! I may have to steal this idea. ;0)

Judy S. said...

Looks like everyone had a grand time glowing! At least Jack wasn't rolling his eyes..... How fast they grow, eh?

Rachel said...

That looks like such fun! Is it just me that envies the current crop of kids silly little things like ballpits and glowsticks?

SharoninStitches said...

That is sooooo cool!

pamelaric said...

Susan - I am just amazed at how well those glow sticks photographed. What a hoot! I'm so very glad you post these things as it lets us all have these amazing adventures vicariously.

Marsha said...

That is just so cool.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your family with us. It was a truly spectacular was to bid summer one final farewell.
Gwen

Wendy said...

Oh my! What a lot of fun a glow night would be! Looks like everyone had a great time!

Sheila said...

"Now, smile like you love it."

Funnnnnny!

Marta Brysha said...

What a great ritual! I love the dark shots on the beach...and the dog really is the star. beautiful.

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