I am taking a break from WOYWW this week, in order to share a few more pages from my art journaling project with Natalie's In the Sun e-course.
On the 4th of July, Natalie asked us about our first memory of summer.
As a shy kid, I found the whole experience kind of intimidating most of the time, but there are so many memories and so much fun wrapped up in those summer days; it has hit me hard this year that we no longer meet like that as a family. My father and his siblings choose to meet for their own holiday, and my cousins and I are just trying to restart a "cousin reunion" (and had one rip-roaring success last Labor Day), but we are at an awkward stage--many still in college, or just getting settled into jobs, marriages, or babies. (My sister and I are at the "older end" of the cousin spectrum!) No one has a lot of money and/or flexibility for travel just now. I am hoping we'll be able to get our own Cousin Reunion on track for the future, though!
Another prompt asked us to consider how we enjoy vacations at home when we can't get away.
When Natty asked us to think about what our modern-day drink stands would include, instead of the lemonade of days gone by, this is the page I created:
We also did a page about picnic favorites: favorite foods, favorite places.
Favorite picnic spots include on a blanket in the backyard, next to a river, where live music plays, under the trees, when the air is breezy, and with a group of friends.
My favorite foods are pretty traditional: sandwiches, chips, deviled eggs, soda, and fresh fruit. The most unusual food I ever brought along was one picnic when we ate California rolls; it seems a little weird to bring sushi on a picnic, but it comes very conveniently packaged!
Natty also had a prompt to get us thinking about our favorite summer flowers.
Natty asked us about a nightmare travel experience. I happened to be on a family road trip to Kentucky to visit my mother, which involved twelve hours in the car with my 2 and 3 year old daughters in their car seats behind me.
When Natty asked us how we handle our boring days in the summertime, I went in search of a good quotation related to boredom. I found so many great ones that I made them the whole content of my page:
Natty is keeping me focused on appreciating summer and all it has to offer with her fun journaling prompts!