Labor Day marked the unofficial end of summer for many of us. I'm still not ready to call it quits with this summer, so I'm doing everything I can to maintain that carefree summer spirit for as long as I can!
I know if I'm having a tough time with the end of summer vacation, chances are high that my kids miss the fun experiences, adventures and chill time they had over their break, too.
I came up with a few simple ways that we can all savor summer memories:
Include a summer memory in your child's lunch. Write down a favorite summer moment -- riding a new roller coaster with your daughter, splashing around at the beach with your son -- on a note and tuck it in his or her school lunch.
Frame photos. Pick up a few basic frames and show off some of your best shots from summer. Swap them out every week until you're ready to bring on autumn decorations (sigh...when you really do have to give up on summer).
- Create a summer vacation notebook. If your child is in third grade or up, he or she will likely need a notebook to write down school assignments. Using online services like Flickr, Shutterfly or Snapfish, you can create custom notebook covers that include favorite summer memories. The notebooks typically measure 5.5" x8.5" and can be purchased with lined or unlined pages.
- Make a photo book! You can use the same online services, Flickr, Shutterfly or Snapfish, among many others, to create a photo book that captures your entire summer vacation, a specific trip, a weekend, or a day. Make soft cover versions for younger kids so they can flip through them without worry of ruining them. These books should be well loved!
- Celebrate the real end of summer. I know Labor Day weekend is supposed to be the time you have your official "Farewell Summer" feasts, but fall doesn't officially begin until September 23, 2011. So on September 22? Pick your favorite summer meal and celebrate the fabulous summer you enjoyed and plan ahead for the next one!