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Enjoy the adventures of summer together
Fun with the Family
Julie Lavender

Muggy warm mornings, afternoon thundershowers, and early evening firefly visits mean one thing for Statesboro….summer has arrived! Use the warm weather as a reminder to make warm memories with your family to treasure forever. Dance in sprinklers, run barefoot in the grass, and drink lots of lemonade. Enjoy every moment of summer with the holidays below and create some of your own family ones, too. 

    ➤ Bald Eagle Day —Have you ever watched an eagle soar? Find out more about the national symbol by visiting www.nationalgeographic.com and other reputable sites online. Use craft feathers and crayons to make an eagle design on a sheet of construction paper. Clip the creations onto the front of the refrigerator to remind family members to pray often for our country. Visit the library to check out books about eagles or go online and purchase several to learn more.

   ➤ Hot Air Balloon Anniversary — Celebrate the anniversary of the first hot air balloon flight. Follow safety guidelines according to the ages of the kids and have some balloon fun in recognition of the flight. Use twelve-inch balloons and have each person inflate their balloon to about the same size. Standing shoulder to shoulder and on “go,” release the balloons into the air. Watch the balloons spin and turn flips as the air escapes, then see whose balloon traveled the farthest. Or you may want to have a water balloon day, if it’s especially warm outside. 

➤ Summer Solstice — Even though temperatures typically feel like summer, the first official day of summer doesn’t arrive until June 21. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year. Enjoy the rays of sun and extra minutes of daylight with extra outside time today. Go for a morning picnic, take in a water activity, play a family game of kickball, ride bikes, go for an evening hike, and swing on the front porch until the starts come out. Then lie on blankets outside and look for constellations.

➤ National Fudge Day — Work in the kitchen to make a chocolaty snack. Spray a 9X13 inch baking pan with vegetable spray. Assign age-appropriate tasks, as the boiling chocolate will get very hot. In a heavy saucepan, melt 3/4 cup of margarine in a microwave safe dish. Stir in 3 cups of granulated sugar and 2/3 cup of evaporated milk. Microwave the mixture for three minutes, stir, then microwave again for two minutes. Stir, microwave for another five minutes. Stir in one 12-ounce package of chocolate chips until melted. Then add one 7-ounce jar of marshmallow crème and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir well, then pour into greased pan and let cool.   

➤ Tennis Shoe Day — Start off the summer with a new pair of tennis shoes for each family member. Purchase extra pairs and donate to Fostering Bulloch, Safe Haven or another charitable organization. Wear the shoes for short periods of time on several occasions to break them in. Then, lace up the sneakers and go for an early morning family hike. 

Fill the days of June with a little bit of summer laziness and a whole lot of adventure. Sleep late on some mornings and stay up past bedtime. Enjoy sunny days and water activities, extra chapter books and family movies and fresh vegetables dished up in new recipes. Make incredible memories with those you love. Have a wonderful summer! Share time with those you love each and every day, because when the sun sets, that day is gone forever.


Statesboro native and author of the forthcoming "365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments into Lasting Memories," Julie Lavender enjoys making memories with hubby, David, four grown kids, one son-in-love, and one precious grandson. She shares memory-making ideas to celebrate with kids on her Facebook page, 365 Ways to Love Your Child, and would love to connect with you there. 


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