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Published on May 21, 2014

Dr. Mom's Memorial Day Traditions

Visiting family, heading out to the campgrounds or staying close to home, our Dr. Mom group shares their annual Memorial Day celebrations.

The unofficial start to summer is here! Memorial Day weekend often serves as the kick off to summer fun, but if you’re short on vacation days, money or both you’re in luck. Family fun doesn’t have to mean much travel – or cost a lot. Our Dr. Mom group shares their Memorial Day traditions just in time for the long weekend.

Dean Clinic – Deerfield Family Medicine provider Dr. Megan Jensen:

“We attend the Monona Memorial Day Parade every year. We also grill out all those delicious summer foods - green beans, asparagus, pineapple, chicken – with friends and family!”

Dean Clinic - Oregon Family Medicine physician Dr. Laura Mendyk:

“We ride our bikes over to the Union to watch the ducks and listen to music.”

Dean Clinic - West Family Medicine physician Dr. Nilam Rival:

“We go to the Farmer’s Market and the kids are able to plan a meal for the week. Recently, my oldest picked fresh arugula and Parmesan cheese from the market which we cut up oranges and made a salad. My middle child picked winter spinach, tomatoes and feta cheese. This past week we paired it with salmon. My youngest picked up fresh salsa and tortillas for fajitas.”

Dean Clinic – Fish Hatchery Psychiatrist Dr. Bhawani Ballamudi:

“We like to get together with family and friends, go boating or canoeing  on Lake Wingra, go to the memorial union and just hang out by the lake and play outdoor games.”

Dean Clinic - West Family Medicine provider Dr. Amanda Preimesberger:

“When schedules allow, we usually try to take a long weekend in Northern WI fishing and enjoying walks and bonfires, etc. This year we’ll probably do a backyard bonfire and s’mores since we can’t get away.   Maybe backyard camping if weather is decent. We also get together with extended family to grill out and let the cousins run wild a bit. A road trip to a Brewer game, or a local Mallards game might also be fun for families that have limited time off. Of course, a bike ride on one of the multiple local city and state trails always fun and usually free!”

Dean Clinic – Sun Prairie Family Medicine physician Dr. Danielle Gindlesberger:

“If it is good weather, we head out to the park with a picnic.  My kids love just playing outside and eating on the grass.  We talk about our summer vacation plans.  We then head home and set up the tent in the yard to "camp".  It is a good first camp outing of the year and ensures our tent is solid and useable for our summer camping expeditions!”

Dean Clinic – East Pediatrician Dr. Christine Pagel:

“We like to go hiking and exploring on the trails in the Dane County parks and state parks in the area.”

Dean Clinic – Columbus Family Medicine physician Dr. Jeanine Kies:

“Brat fest is a ton of really cheap fun.  Great to learn to kayak in the pool, listen to music, have something to eat, usually sassy cow milk, and just be outside.”

What is your favorite way to celebrate Memorial Day? Share your family traditions in the comments!

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