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Fun with the Family by Julie Lavender
Fill July with family fun and fireworks
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    Tomorrow marks the half-way point of the year 2007. Have you celebrated each day of the past six months as a gift and made incredible family memories to treasure forever? The second half of the year awaits – make it half-year to remember by celebrating some of the holidays below.  
     Independence Day – Celebrate the Fourth with your family at home or join friends at Mill Creek for fireworks and fun. To create your own “fireworks” at home, put confetti or small bits of torn paper in red, white, and blue balloons. Have an adult inflate the balloons. Bat the balloons around while listening to patriotic music. Then, with a straight pin, pop the balloons and watch the confetti fly! (Balloon activities with kids must be supervised by adults.)                     
     Paper bag Anniversary – Gather scraps of yarn and fabric, old buttons and small shells, uncooked pasta and beans, and anything else you can think of to create paper bag puppets. Let each person glue on items you’ve collected to make his or her own puppet. Make sure the flap of the bag is turned so that it will be the mouth of the puppet. After puppet-making, put on a show or have a singing contest.   
     Puzzle Day – Print out digital family pictures on heavy-weight paper, then cover with contact paper. Draw lines on the back of the paper, forming puzzle pieces. Cut on the lines, then place the pieces in envelopes. You may want to number the corresponding pieces of each puzzle, so as not to mix up pictures. Then take turns putting together the family-picture-puzzles.
    Salad Week – Try this cool salad on a hot, July day. Give each person an ingredient to add to the salad or a job to do to complete the salad. Crush two packages of Ramen oriental-flavored noodles and place in a large bowl. Add one sixteen-ounce package coleslaw mix to bowl. Add one six-ounce package of sunflower kernels and one-half cup of slivered almonds. Mix well. In a separate bowl, combine one-third cup vinegar, one-half cup sugar, one-fourth cup vegetable oil, and the two packages of seasoning mix from the noodles. Mix well. Just before serving the oriental salad, toss the coleslaw mix with the vinegar dressing. Stir until well-blended.
     Picnic Month – Surely this one is self-explanatory! See just how many picnics you can have during the month. Have a picnic in the backyard, in the park or in the den. Have a dessert picnic, with only desserts to snack on. Have a breakfast picnic with fruits, cereals and muffins to eat. Have a picnic on the kitchen floor and eat with good china.
    Use everyday in July to create warm memories!
    Statesboro native Julie Bland Lavender enjoys celebrating with husband David and children Jeremy, Jenifer, Jeb Daniel and Jessica.
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