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July 4th, Independence Day, is Tuesday! We have been talking about what to do for it this year and what our favorite memories from years past have been!
Favorite Memories of Fourth of July!
Some of my favorite memories are crafting things to display and add as a reminder of the day! The red, white and blue and the beautiful colors of the fireworks fill me with exhilaration and excitement. Family times together in a free land have always been important to me. The photo above is something I made two years ago while I was staying with Alicia after she had given birth to my grandson. Her husband was playing in a locally popular band that year in Provo and they were able to perform in the preliminary show ahead of Journey in the BYU stadium! That is an exciting memory! You can go to the directions for the patriotic wall hanging here. You can find other patriotic plans and songs here and here. Don't forget our free printable and frame idea here!
Alicia says that she loves a good barbecue and swim party on the Fourth. I am with her. Here in Phoenix, you can't have a barbecue without the swimming, or you will die. But, anywhere you are, swimming and food are always fun to enjoy together before the fireworks.
Maddy says that part of that barbecue food should be pie! Her favorite pie is Strawberry Rhubarb! We did an entire series on pies, plus we have added a few more. You can find them all here. But, Lindsey is the one who makes a mean Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie in this family and the recipe isn't on our blog yet. So, maybe we are just going to have to have her put it on here as one of Renny's Recipes soon.
Lindsey says she loves a good fireworks show! Growing up in Phoenix, we were never able to do our own fireworks. Just recently they have been made legal again. But, we would take the kids, when Glen didn't have to work, to watch one of the big shows somewhere. Lindsey says it was always exciting. Now, even if it isn't July 4th, fireworks make her feel very patriotic.
What do you love to do on Independence Day? Whatever you do, do it safely and have fun and remember to give pause and think about our free land! Talk to you next week!
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Memorial Day is special to me. There are many veterans in my family and one of my Uncles gave the ultimate sacrifice as he trained to help keep our land free. It nearly broke my Dad's heart for him to lose his brother and he kept the newspaper clipping in his wallet for the rest of his life. My Dad served in WWII and rarely spoke of his experiences there.
While traveling with my husband lately, he talked to me about his time in Viet Nam, recalling some frightening moments there and I am so grateful that his life was preserved. I am so grateful for the freedoms that we have that have been bought with a tremendous price throughout history and for those who continue to sacrifice so much to serve and defend in this world of turmoil.
It does seem odd that we celebrate such a sober holiday with backyard barbecues and swim parties. But, it is because of those who fought and died for our freedom that we are able to do the things we do the way we do them. We can travel from state to state without hindrance. We can buy the food that we want to eat. We can celebrate the way we want to celebrate and observe our religious customs in any way we choose to do so. This is not the case in many places in the world. What a glorious blessing it is to live in this free country.
At the end of the month, our family is having a Memorial Day get together at Lindsey and Austin's new house. Since they are in France right now, I thought I would check out some ideas that would make the day even more special. The first thing I did was head to Dollar Tree and I was so excited about the things I found there to help get everyone ready for the patriotic holiday of Memorial Day. Here are the things that I brought home with me!
, One of the things that caught my eye right away was, of course, the sparkly beaded ribbon. (You can see it in the photo above.) They had it in red, white & blue! I knew I had to do something with it! If you buy a supply of it on line, there are 32 rolls of ribbon in a case. I picked up 3 rolls at the Dollar Tree in my neighborhood. I decided that I would make a printable with a saying that I love to put on display in our Memorial Day tablescape. Here is what I did, click on the pictures:
You can download and copy the print for your own use by clicking the button.
So, our family is going to celebrate with a barbecue and for dessert, I think some ice cream may be in order! Look at the ideas I got from walking into Dollar Tree today!
I love the battery powered star light strands that I put on the tiered server! You can't beat the price. If you want to order a case, there are 24 in a case!
Some of the items I found in the store I can't find on the Dollar Tree website, so you may have to go to the store, but it is well worth it. Here are some of the things I did in my practice run of an ice cream bar.
These ideas would be great for July 4th as well! Here is a slide show with some images just to give you an idea of what I did. I will expand on this at the family party.
The end result of an ice cream sundae was so delicious! It looked good and tasted good! I think that the end result speaks for itself!
I think the ice cream bar is going to be a hit, with a little help from Dollar Tree!
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Have a wonderful Memorial Day!
I am excited to wish you a Happy Fourth of July and show you this patriotic wreath I made, not only for the Fourth, but to decorate our cabin when I go to Girl's Camp next week! I talked about Girl's Camp in another post a couple of weeks ago.We have a BOOT CAMP theme, but I have also found out that the cabin I will be in is representing the Navy! I am so excited about that because so many symbols from the Navy lend themselves to spiritual thoughts (anchors, ships wheels, life preservers...) And also, the colors don't have to be camouflage, so red, white and blue will work great! This little patriotic wreath will be a great addition to our nautical cabin decorations! Here are the supplies you need:
I had used the coffee filters for a craft project with my kids at school. I had nearly a full package left and I used all of it for this project. I used the food coloring mixed in water to dye the filters the color I wanted. Here is the process:
Because I live in Phoenix, AZ, just placed the entire tray of each color outside for about 1/2 an hour until they were pretty dry. (Hint: When the filters start blowing around the yard, you know that they are dry. Ha Ha)
Next, using two filters together, You gather them up from the center into kind of a flower and start wiring them onto the hanger by wrapping:
I wired on a few more filters to fill it out, and here is the end result!
This is a simple, yet fun craft that can really be done in any color scheme. I have seen some beautiful examples of this that have been tea dyed. I am sure this patriotic wreath will add some pizzazz to our cabin at camp!
Have a wonderful Fourth everyone. Remember why we celebrate! Let Freedom Ring!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to seven so far. I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Read more about us here!
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