Summer staycations

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following is MaryBeth’s perspective on summer staycations:

What parent, at some time or other, has decided that a slow, awesome staycation summer is the ticket to a great adventure for their family? One summer, when our 5 kids were small, we planned a staycation. We’re all about exploring and crafting in our home so we decided that once a week we would do just that. Our only stipulation was that each one of our children would write about their adventures in a journal which we provided.

Some of our adventures were:

  1. We took a ride on a train to a nearby town. T.J. (our oldest) liked looking at the scenery as we whizzed by.
  2. Our girls like to play “dress-up”, so one day we put on a play for Dad, complete with rented costumes.
  3. We took the kids bowling- a sport they’d only seen on TV.
  4. One rainy day, we binged on TV movies and ate snacks all day . Nobody got sick, amazingly enough.
  5. We went to a local fair and sampled hot dogs and watched a relay race.
  6. We saved the trip to the dino museum for a rainy day and ate hamburgers at the original restaurant in New Haven CT – Louis’s Lunch.
  7. We broke open new tubs of Play Dough and spent the day making clay objects.
  8. My hubby found two “old-fashioned” board games at a thrift shop and we enjoyed “Twister” and “Monopoly” until the wee hours of the morning.
  9. We splurged on a two-hour drive to a town we had never been to and explored the many shops on their Main Street.
  10. The kids especially loved miniature golfing and ice cream treats.

Those were 10 of the memorable adventures that summer. Oh and I almost forgot, we went to our local library and participated in their summer reading contest. I started reading Mary Higgins Clark books!

Try Staycating (not sure if that’s a word!) it’s fun!

MaryBeth

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Stuff I never thought of!

Dear Fellow Journalers,

When compiling a list of what to do this summer, I came across this list!  You will definitely find something here to do.

~Sallie

https://bucketlistjourney.net/my-bucket-list/

My Summer Bucket List

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Some of the things I’d like to do this summer:

  • Go to a Farmer’s Market. There are so many open-air markets in my state and I’ve never gone to one. Oh, I’ve bought pint-sized fresh berries at fruit stands in my time but I’ve never been to a market.
  • Pick my own berries.
  • Make S’mores. I used to make these at summer camp but I wonder can you make them at home without a fireplace?
  • Go somewhere I’ve never been. This might be a day trip to a nearby town or a new park in town.
  • Go to a drive-in movie. As far as I know, our state only has one of these.
  • Enjoy home-made margaritas and Bing-watch a favorite tv show.
  • Have a cookout.

Summer Reading List

     Just the idea of a summer reading list makes me smile. When I was in grade school, we were mandated to read one major book chosen by our teacher. We were encouraged to read as many books as possible. The librarians went a step further.They sponsored a Reading Contest for each grade. The child who read the most books (verified) won a prize. Determined to be the sixth grade winner, I read 100 books that summer!

My summer reading list journal is the one I use for our local book club. It contains a list of my favorite authors, books I’ve read, a synopsis of the content and a rating. I also put a date on the list.

Some of my favorite fiction authors are: Heather Burch, Amanda Cabot, Kay Cordell, Richard Paul Evans, Jessica Fletcher, Joanne Fluke, Miranda James, Karen Kingsbury, Debbie Macomber and Janette Oke.

Next week I’ll continue my bucket list and book sites.

~Sallie

Summer Bucket List and Reading List

Dear Fellow Journalers,

It’s May in New England! Finally “Mother Nature” has un-clenched her tight rein on winter weather and released warmer temperatures, beautiful flowers and longer hours of Sun. In my “neck of the woods” our furnace was still on a few days ago.

With all this talk of warmer days, I started thinking about a Summer Bucket List.  What did I want to do? Did I want to travel ? So, I dug out my Bucket List Journal and decided to add some things to do in the coming summer months. I’ll be sharing some of these with you over the coming months and of course, if YOU want to add some of your own ideas please let me know.

One thing I intend to do also is to read more books. I found a fan fiction site a few weeks ago ( something I never knew existed) and have become addicted. I really need to get back to my favorite  novels. My picks for summer reading will be included in future posts. So, sit back, grab a cold beverage and dream!

 

~Sallie

Daydreams – Summer is over

Dear  Fellow Journalers,

Summer is over and it is time to take all those photos and put them in scrapbooks, rather than the most convenient box you can find. I know you are wondering why I am talking about scrapbooking and  not journaling, well, scrapbook journaling is actually a memory book of pictures. Why not write about the feelings and emotions of the pictures?

Remember the 5 w’s you learned in school? Who, what, when, where why and how?

So, if I had a picture of a birthday party, my scrapbook journal would state:

“L”, Grandpappy, Grandma, “D” and “A” are celebrating “L” 2nd birthday on________ . “J”, “L’s” Godmother took the picture. We at ______ and we are laughing because “L” liked the box our gift came in!

Or how about the day you graduated from college? Your parents were so proud of you. Your father had just said _____

Or how about that camping trip to ____ You actually liked sleeping in a tent!

Or that fish you caught really was ____long!

Try this and see if your memories are triggered by the pictures, long after the event.

~Sallie

 

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