With the end of another school year, young children are on the streets and playgrounds and teens are testing the waters in the shallow end of the employment pool. Young faces not glimpsed all day through the school year are now greeting us at stores and restaurants, mowing our lawns and guarding our kids at the beach. Little ones free from the classroom are filling days pools, parks and gardens.
For moms and dads, not much has changed, though. Once a routine is set up to see to the caring for, and amusement of, energetic sons and daughters, it's just work as usual.
Except for one notable thing. At this time of year, adult minds are full of ideas and planning for the annual summer vacation from the day-to-day grind and rituals. These thoughts lead us to campgrounds, beaches, zoos and museums. Or, in some cases, to quiet solitude in our backyard havens.
No matter where we wander, summer sojourns are the ideal time to reconnect as family, to recharge the batteries and to revive the soul. They create wonderful moments and moods, all of which are held onto long after our return.
If preserving these memories in a scrapbook is a project you enjoy, or if you have a job that requires some cool summer graphics to make it pop, here are some clipart collections geared specifically to vacation time: