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Mom Exchange: How We Savor Long Summer Evenings

"My three kids like to catch fireflies and put them in their bug keepers. Once in a while, I let them bring the fireflies inside so they can fall asleep watching the bugs light their rooms." --Angie Bueltemann, Columbia, IL

"Our town puts on free evening movies and concerts. We always bring 'Daddy sandwiches,' my husband's specialty of meat, cheese, and may that our two sons just love." --Azsha Pierra, Yorba Linda, CA

"Summer evenings  mean time to garden. Our four kids each get to plant, weed, water, and -- their favorite part -- harvest their own spots! We've had this tradition since they were babies, and they look forward to it every year." --Tiffany Smith, Salt Lake City

"Our family chooses different snacks to munch on during summer nights. From making s'mores over the fire pit to cutting fun shapes out of watermelon with cookie cutters, we have a great time." --Dede King, Brownsville, PA 

"We live in a cul-de-sac, so all the neighbors bring whatever happens to be in our refrigerators to barbecue, or we order pizza. The parents park themselves on lawn chairs in someone's driveway while the kids play together." --Christina Baird, Scottsdale, AZ

"We do as much as we can outside till it's too dark to see your hand in front of your face. Our perfect end to the evening is running around the yard with our two-year-old, catching bubbles." --Liz Weirshousky, Bethesda, MD

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