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Fun with the Family with Julie Lavender: This month May be a great time for family fun
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Julie Lavender

     The clock is ticking in preparation for the last school of the year to sound its celebratory ring. Big kids and little kids, parents and teachers are making plans for summer festivities. But before summer beings, use every minute possible in the month of May to complete another school year with glee and happiness. Remember to praise the kids for a stellar school year and thank a teacher or two as well. Make it a memorable May with some of the celebrations below, or make up a few of your own to anticipate the days of summer ahead.              

·                   Mother Goose Day — No one knows for sure if there was an actual woman who penned the rhymes and sonnets credited with her persona, but regardless of her origin, the lyrics that became Mother Goose rhymes were first published in a collection by Charles Perrault in 1697. How long has it been since you’ve recited a Mother Goose rhyme? Check out a book from the library and read some of the cleverly written chants aloud. Then try your hand at composing similar rhymes of your own.   

·                   Wildflower Week — This is a beautiful time of year to see flowers bursting forth in beauty and blossoms appearing on various trees and shrubs. Plan to take a nature hike soon and be sure to take a camera along with you. Snap pictures of flowers you find as you trek down the path. Take as close of shots as possible with the lens you have, then download them onto your computer when you get home and zoom in to check out the fine details of the creations.

·                   National Salad Month — Create a salad buffet night for dinner. Chop and prepare lettuce and other greens in a large bowl. Then let the family get involved in chopping broccoli, cauliflower and tomatoes. Grate carrots and zucchini. Offer bacon bits and croutons. Include various nuts, like walnuts, sunflower seeds and pecans. Use dried fruit pieces and fresh fruits, chopped. Add several types of cheeses to the buffet line. Frozen peas and raisins make a nice contribution, too. Spread out the buffet items on the table, and then let each person prepare his or her own salad bowl. Top with a favorite dressing and sit on the porch to dine.

·                   National Tourism Day — Start thinking about a summer vacation and go online to find the spots you’ll not want to miss. Take a virtual tour of some of the sights and check out the menus of nearby restaurants. After you’ve talked about a trip outside Bulloch County for the summer, take a Statesboro tour over the weekend. Pretend to be a tourist and visit places you’ve never been or at least haven’t been in quite some time. Play on the jungle gym at Mill Creek Park, but don’t forget the playground equipment downtown at the original Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation Office. Spend time at the Raptor Center and Museum on Georgia Southern’s campus. Take a walk around the pond in front of the library while on Eagle territory. Try a new restaurant and shop in a new store.  

·                   Frog Jumping Day — Early in the evening and often in the cool of the morning, frogs and toads are roaming about. At dusk, the frogs are croaking and singing to one another. Be on the lookout for one or more of the amphibian type. Then play a game outside. Place a few small obstacles, like balls or boxes or old rags, in a path through the grass. Send each family member leaping like a frog along the path. The ‘jumper’ must not touch any of the obstacles and the froggie who hops along the path in the shortest time is the winning amphibian.    

     Spend a-MAY-zing quality time together as a family this month. Make memories galore, celebrate the end of another school year and gear up for loads of family fun over the summer. Enjoy sharing time with those you love. You’ll be so glad you did.  



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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