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Fun with the Family with Julie Lavender - Watch for all the signs of Autumn
Julie Lavender
Julie Lavender

      Though temperatures belie the fact that fall is almost here, start celebrating the beauty of the season by scrutinizing every tree and leaf for yellows, reds, and oranges. Make it a family challenge to see who can spot the most changes over the next couple of weeks. As you usher in autumn, celebrate color and temperature changes with those you love. Enjoy all of autumn with family and friends, as well as the September celebrations below.
      National Hummingbird Day - From their brilliant display of colors to their amazing aerodynamic feats, hummingbirds zoom through the air as one of God's most fascinating creations. Different species of hummers fly forwards, backwards, upside-down, and some flap their wings more than 50 times per second. If you don't already have a hummingbird feeder for your yard, celebrate this day by purchasing and hanging an inexpensive one. You'll delight in watching the birds you attract, but you'll have to watch closely. Most will take a quick sip and then be on their way again. Look on hummingbird Internet sites for pictures to see if you can identify your visitors.
      Make Your Bed Day - Quite possibly, every day in your household requires making the bed. However, turn this chore into an event to remember. Get the kids to help you strip the bedlinens and put on fresh sheets. But before you toss the worn sheets into the laundry room, drape them over folding or kitchen chairs and make a fort. Eat breakfast or have a picnic while tucked inside the tent or snuggle in blankets and read a story before bedtime.
      Wrinkled Raincoat Day - Forget the umbrella - grab raincoats and head outside on a warm, drizzly afternoon to dance in droplets and pounce in puddles. If you prefer, don raincoats on a sunny day and turn on the sprinkler!
      National Punch Day - Enjoy a refreshing glass of punch to celebrate this special day. Let the kids help stir the ingredients, chill, then enjoy. Try this recipe or one of your own favorites: Combine 32 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice, 32 ounces unsweetened orange juice, 2 packages of Kool-aid (any flavor), one teaspoon almond flavoring, and sugar to taste. Pick a favorite flavor of Kool-aid or choose a color to celebrate the onset of autumn.
      Autumn - Encourage family members to watch for signs of autumn. Capture the beauty of every leaf that changes colors this season. Scout out pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and colors in the grocery stores and produce stands. Don't miss a single shade of orange, golden yellow, or auburn, dancing in the treetops. Help your little ones make a fall decoration with tissue paper and construction paper. Cut a tree shape (without leaves) from brown construction paper. Make leaves from scraps of fall-colored tissue paper. Encourage your kids to tear small bits of paper and wad them into balls. Dab glue onto the construction paper tree; press the tissue paper balls into the glue.
      Enjoy the coolness in the air as you enjoy the warmth of those you love. Have an awesome autumn!

      Statesboro native Julie Bland Lavender celebrates with husband David and children Jeremy, Jenifer, Jeb Daniel, and Jessica.

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