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What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Memorial Day is a time for honoring our veterans. It's also the official start to summer. Tell us about your best summer ever and what you've got planned for summer 2011.

Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches, in which local parents are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting issues.

Each week our Moms Council members will discuss a different issue. Join the conversation by weighing in on a topic or asking questions.  

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey, of Upper Milford Township, is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and long time member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. 
  • Lisa Drew, of Emmaus, is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17-years experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston, of Emmaus, has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling.  She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother to a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, N.J. in January.
  • Lisa Merk, of Lower Macungie, is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.    
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul, of Bethlehem, is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a five year old and a 14 month old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.” 

You don't have to be a mom or even a parent to answer this week's Moms Talk question. It's a chance for all the members of our Lehigh Valley Patch community to look back at some of their fondest summer-time memories as well as look forward to the summer fun that's just around the corner.

Memorial Day is a time for honoring those who have fought for our freedoms. Memorial Day is also thought of by many as the official start to summer. What are some of your best childhood summer-time memories? What are you most looking forward to this summer? Is it a special vacation? A traditional day trip that you take with the family? Time sitting by the pool with a trashy novel? Lightening the cooking load by serving all of those fresh fruits and veggies on the horizon? And, for the moms out there, is it the day that you can begin back-to-school shopping and start prepping the kids to return to school?

Share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments. 

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

Jennifer Elston May 30, 2011 at 09:46 PM
I am looking forward to fresh corn on the cob, summer nights in the backyard and 2 beach vacations!! HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY and THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE/ARE SERVED/SERVING!
Lisa Drew May 31, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Fun in the sun! BBQ's and swimming. Keeping people in shape. Showing my clients how to throw nutritious and tasty parties! The Beach... one day owning my home on the beach!
Bridget Donchez Kolacki May 31, 2011 at 09:29 AM
Punta Cana in 15 days yippie !!!
ArtmamaJen June 07, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Camping in Ithaca, NY, laying in my hammock, going to Knoebel's, and swimming in my pool.
Bridget Donchez Kolacki July 07, 2011 at 12:20 AM
Leaving for Salem Mass and Bar Harboure Maine grea hiking and beaches makes me smile.

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