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Fun with the Family with Julie Lavender: August adventures with the family
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Julie Lavender

Is it an age thing? Global warming? The newest technological advances and inventions that are supposed to give us extra minutes in the day? Something unexplainable contributes to the lazy days of summer speeding by faster and faster every year. It’s just unfathomable that kids are back in school and college students follow suit shortly thereafter.

Hopefully, lots of warm memories and fun adventures are tucked away in the summer-recollection-spot of the brain, grand times that your family will cherish for years to come.

While treasuring what’s behind on the calendar and looking ahead to a new school year, live in the present to make sure every moment is special with those you love. Make it the best school year ever and decide now to make every day a holiday in some fashion. 

Celebrate some of the unusual August holidays below or create unique family ones of your own.

Spicy Food Day  — Work together to create this spicy, delightful appetizer. In a microwave-safe dish, combine: 2 cups of shredded cooked chicken, 1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup, 1-and-a-half cups of shredded cheddar cheese, 5 ounces of evaporated milk, 1/3 cup of finely chopped onion, one 4-ounce can of chopped green chilies and one taco seasoning envelope. Stir to blend ingredients. Microwave the recipe for approximately 8 minutes, stopping at 2-minute intervals to stir. When the dip is bubbly and heated through, remove from the microwave and serve with a favorite chip or cracker.

National Radio Day — Pick a new radio station, one that plays a genre your family is unfamiliar with, and listen to selections while traveling in the car or perhaps while sitting on the porch one evening. Try out several different types of music throughout the month of August. You might decide you like a new style of music after all!  

Book Lovers Day — Don’t give up summertime reading fun. Pick a new kids’ series to read aloud before bedtime as a family. You might try the Aleca Zamm series by author Ginger Rue. Aleca Zamm is an ordinary 10-year-old with an extraordinary ability. Young Aleca finds out that she can stop time, just by saying her name! Once you’ve read through that series, pick up a copy of "Three Times Lucky" by Sheila Turnage about an 11-year-old girl who washes up in Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, just after a hurricane. Mo LeBeau doesn’t know anything about her past, but she keeps the small town hopping during the present, that’s for sure.

National Left Handers Day — Go online to find out more about some famous left-handed individuals. Several recent presidents just happened to pen proclamations with their left hands, like Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. In the music world, Paul McCartney, Lour Rawls and Ringo Starr were lefties. Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci created primarily with their left hands. The list of lefties is lengthy. Learn more about sports giants and famous movie stars who prefer their left hand. Just for fun, place a basket on the table with small blank pieces of paper. Encourage family members to use their left hand (or right, if that person is a leftie) to pen notes of encouragement or accolades to another family member. At the end of the week, let note recipients read aloud and try to guess the author from the penmanship.

International Art Appreciation Day — Take some field trips this month to gaze at stunning works of art housed in the Boro. Visit the galleries in the Averitt Center for the Arts downtown and Georgia Southern’s Center for Art and Theater on the GS campus. After the field trips, create a few masterpieces of your own, with your right hand or left, and display them for others to see.    

A new school year means a new calendar month, typically, but it also signifies a fresh start in a lot of ways. Make this month and this school year a stellar one. Encourage and support studies and extracurricular activities. Go on intriguing escapades, learn a new card game, try out a new board game and start a new hobby. Visit a new restaurant and go for lots of walks. Take pictures. Find a new way to serve the community. Whatever you do, add those adventures to the family-fun-recollection spot of the brain and hang on to the memories forever. 


Statesboro native Julie Bland Lavender is married to David Lavender and enjoys celebrating with children Jeremy, Jenifer, Jeb Daniel and Jessica. 

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