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Fun with Family with Julie Lavender - Enjoy extra minutes of sunshine throughout June
Julie Lavender
Julie Lavender

    The calendar officially may be counting down the days of spring, and some early mornings bless us with spring-like temperatures, but late-sleeping children with no homework to complete, the absence of large yellow vehicles on the road and teachers vacationing at the beach or pool signify that summer has arrived. Make plans to celebrate sunny, summer days with the family, and don’t miss a minute of fun during the month of June.
    Create your own unique celebrations, or try a few of the following zany holidays.
    Fresh Veggies Day — Celebrate this holiday with a trip to a local farm or produce stand. Pick out each family member’s favorite vegetable and then work together in the kitchen to create a veggie pizza. Press the dough from two 8-ounce cans of crescent rolls into the bottom of an ungreased jelly-roll pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden brown. While the dough is cooling, combine two 8-ounce packages of softened cream cheese with 1 cup of light mayonnaise and one package of powdered ranch dip mix. Spread the mixture on the cooled dough. Prepare the fresh vegetables by washing and chopping them into small pieces, then sprinkle them onto the cream cheese mixture. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Just before serving, cut into bars and top with 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese.
    Flip a Coin Day — Just for fun, make all of your decisions today with the flip of a coin. Flip flops or sandals? Flip a coin — heads, it’s flip flops; tails, it’s sandals. Decide what to eat for breakfast, what kind of sandwich to make, what to watch on television, which way to drive to work or the pool, whether to drink chocolate or white milk. Have fun letting a toss of the coin make choices for the family throughout the day. 
    National Clay Week — Purchase clay from a craft store, or make it from one of the homemade recipes found online here: Fashion animals, imaginary critters, beach and forest scenes, pottery or some abstract creation for a clay celebration exhibit at home.
    National Roller Coaster Week — Where is your family going for vacation this summer? Will there be a roller coaster involved in the excursion? Virtually check out theme parks across the United States to find the oldest roller coaster, the newest, fastest or highest. How many amusement parks has your family visited?
    Summer Solstice — Celebrate the longest day of the year and the first official day of summer, June 21, with loads of outdoor fun. Play backyard games, have a picnic on the front lawn, ride bikes, go for a swim, or grab a fishing pole. End the day with a firefly hunt. Look for these lighted insects at dusk and beyond. Capture a few in jars for closer inspection, and then release them quickly back into the night. Watch more twinkling lights as the stars make their presence known, and lastly, read these fun picture books before bedtime: “The Very Lonely Firefly” by Eric Carle and “Fireflies” by Julie Brinkloe.
    Share summer revelry with those you love. Dance in sprinklers, walk barefoot in the grass, toss balls and Frisbees, create fruity drinks and cool salads, and make the most of those extra minutes of sunshine throughout the month of June.

    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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