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simple summer project: photograph your community

This summer the kids and I started a fun little photography project.
We decided to search around and take photos of signs we could find that represent places we see or visit in our community. The kids loved it so much and I’m really enjoying the collection of photos we came up with! They represent our little island community so well and will hold a lot of fun memories
of places here on Statia.
This is just a simple project that we’ve slowly been working on over the last few weeks. I took my camera with us almost everywhere we went and the kids were always on the lookout for signs to photograph. Even my three year old had fun looking for signs from the car as we drove places or while we walked. It really was fun for the whole family.
Try your own spin on this simple summer project
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1. You could photograph the some of the places you visit most often in your
community that are part of your daily routine.
2. You could photograph the details around your vacation community.
3. Photograph details around your home, backyard or even your block.
4. Photograph signs, buildings or landmarks in your town, city, Province or State.
5. Try photographing signs you see on your next roadtrip.
Take a peek at more of the simple summer projects I’ve shared here.
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simple summer project: journal your summer

This post is part of my Simple Summer Projects series
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In January 2010, after having baby number four, I came to the realization that I was going have to switch gears with the way I had scrapbooked in the past. Like it or not, I just couldn’t find the time like I used to. I still wanted to record our family memories, but had a lot less time to do it & what resulted was a memory keeping approach that focused a little more on journaling & lot less on actual scrapbook pages. You can read more of my thoughts on the whole switch-a-roo here

This different approach to scrapbooking {I still like to call it that} involved four leather journals that I purchased for my kids. I figured, the photos would still be there after they were a little bit older and I had more time to make pages, but the memories…those I might forget. So I began to focus on writing things down whenever I could find 2-3 spare minutes throughout the day & throwing a few pieces of memorabilia in the journals here and there. I’ve loved this so much! Seriously! It’s been such a relief to let go of the expectations I had on myself and jot down our memories whenever I get a chance. I feel like I’m still doing something to record our family history and I know that these journals are going to be such a treasure years down the road.
This summer I’ve decided to get the kids involved with recording in their journals & they’re so excited about it! This is a unique summer for us…next year we’ll be back to regular life in the US or Canada, so I really wanted them to record their memories from their summer spent here on the island. Summer is such a magical time for kids and recording the memories they’re making, from their perspective and in their own words, is such a rewarding experience.
We’re going to keep this little summer journaling project as simple as we can. We’ve started out with a sentence or two a day, but if that becomes too much we’ll just make journal writing a weekly activity. You could even choose to wait and have your kids write in their journal at the end of summer to reminisce on all the fun they had before the beginning of the next school year. However you decide to encourage your child to journal this summer, here are a few
 summer journaling prompts to get you started:
 
Click here to download your free JOURNAL MY SUMMER list.
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This list of journaling prompts coordinates with my summer photo checklist. Together they are a great tool to get you started with photographing and recording your precious summer memories!  
Enjoy everyone!
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Simple Things Sunday Photo Link Party No.130

We carved pumpkins yesterday and the kids are so excited to roast the seeds later today following this yummy recipe. We can’t wait to enjoy them, along with a cup of hot chocolate – even though it still feels like Summer here to us. ;)

I did a before and after shot like this with the kids and their pumpkins last year and I loved it so much, I decided to make it a new tradition! So many special memories are tied to the family traditions we’ve made surrounding each holiday.

As we carved pumpkins together, it was so fun to hear the kids reminiscing about events from Halloweens past. Remembering what they dressed up as, how the pumpkin seeds tasted last time we roasted them and comparing the best houses they’d ever trick or treated at.

Carving pumpkins is one thing my kids look forward to most at Halloween, besides the trick or treating of course! If you celebrate the holiday, what memorable Halloween traditions do you have in your family? I’d love to hear in the comments! :)


Now it’s your turn to share what simple moments you’ve been celebrating this week! Join Stacy of KSW and I for Simple things Sunday! You can share your photos on both of our blogs using the linky tool below or  join us on instagram using hashtag #SimpleThingsSunday.
 
If you’re new to Simple as That I’d love for you join us in this weekly tradition! 

What is Simple things Sunday?

This weekly photo share is all about taking time to photograph the everyday details that make your life unique, beautiful, and special. Each Sunday we gather here to share our photos with each other. To enjoy the beauty that can be found in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things are. 

Just a few quick rules to play:
1. Grab a Simple things Sunday button and include it in your simple things post.

2. Link back directly to your simple things post not your blog/website.
No links to other linky parties, giveaways or craft projects pretty please. 
This linky is all about the photos.

3. Be sure to pop by and visit at least 3 other links and leave a comment.
Leave as many as you can.

Simple Things Sunday Photo Link Party No.129

We spent some time exploring a local corn maze one night this week and the kids thought it was the best thing ever! They’d never been through one before, so it was an exciting first for them. 
It was such a gorgeous night. We’re not used to this warm Fall weather and we’ve been enjoying it so much! I think one of the things we get asked the most, when people find out we’ve just moved from Canada to Arizona, is how we’re liking the heat. I’m not going to lie, the Summer was pretty intense, but after living on the island for a year and a half we’ve come to really crave the sunshine. 
It’s amazing how quickly we’ve become accustomed to the climate here. In fact, during Fall break the temperatures dipped down to about 26 degrees C (78 F) and I had four little frozen kiddos shivering at the pool! These Canadians have gone soft I’m afraid! ;)   
Here’s to celebrating Fall, family time and of course, photos. :)
Now it’s your turn, what simple moments did you capture this week? Join Stacy of KSW and I for Simple things Sunday! You can share your photos on both of our blogs using the linky tool below or  join us on instagram using hashtag #SimpleThingsSunday.
 
If you’re new to Simple as That I’d love for you join us in this weekly tradition! 

What is Simple things Sunday?
This weekly photo share is all about taking time to photograph the everyday details that make your life unique, beautiful, and special. Each Sunday we gather here to share our photos with each other. To enjoy the beauty that can be found in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things are. 

Just a few quick rules to play:
1. Grab a Simple things Sunday button and include it in your simple things post.
2. Link back directly to your simple things post not your blog/website.
No links to other linky parties, giveaways or craft projects pretty please. 
This linky is all about the photos.
3. Be sure to pop by and visit at least 3 other links and leave a comment.
Leave as many as you can.