Summers have definitely changed now that my kids are older. I promised myself that this year I am going to make a determined attempt to get my kids to do some of the things we used to do together as a family. It is so hard to coordinate work and school schedules and everyone's plans that we forget to make time to do things that makes mom happy!!
We have always loved festivals during the summer, and living in Joliet every weekend some church or organization is having a fest somewhere. I have given my children 3 weekend dates that I demand they open up just for us!! Each fest holds special memories for me and I hope my girls! And, darn it they are going with me this year!!
One of our favorite fests is Taste of Joliet @TasteofJoliet! Taste of Joliet is held at ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium. It is always held at the end of June, this year it is the weekend of June 22, 2018. I have so many memories of the carnivals and the bands – wow the bands! We would get there early to find a spot on the field and put our blankets down. The girls would always need an elephant ear immediately! Luckily, it always seemed our blanket was near the beer tent! What a coincidence! After a quick snack and beverages we would head over to the carnival. One of the best parts of this fest is that you can not walk 5 feet without seeing someone you knew, friends from gradeschool, an old work friend or ever a cousin you haven’t seen in ages!!
On to the carnival! We would purchase a weekend bracelet and the girls would ride every ride a million times. There always seems to be one ride that they just loved and would go on it again and again. Funny thing is I offered to buy them each a weekend bracelet this year …. the looks I got! I guess at 21, 19, and 17 that is no longer enticing!
I have an image in my head for #TOJ18 of sitting on the blanket listening to music and eating some great local food, my girls are all there laughing and we are having a great time! The sun is shining, the drinks are cold and friends stop by the blanket to visit. It is a perfect summer day!!
Next weekend, come on over to Joliet with your family and check out the Taste of Joliet! You will make memories to last a life time! Be sure to stop by our blanket and say hi! And, I know you will have a perfect summer day too!
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