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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:
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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 made it to Provo, UT all by myself, so my trepidation was unnecessary. I am having so much fun taking care of my little grandson Adrian while his mommy is in school.
While I am here, I have decided that I need a creative outlet while baby Adrian naps. So, Adrian and I took a field trip to Michael's today and hit the jackpot! There were tons of fun things marked down 70%! I had to curb my enthusiasm! I decided that Alicia needed something patriotic for July 4th, Independence Day. I know this is last minute, but if anyone is like me and a little behind all of the time, you can whip this out in a few minutes. In spite of all of the awful leadership and terrible decisions that have been plaguing our country at presesnt, I still want to celebrate the USA and those who were so inspired to set it up with the freedoms we have and that we need to continue to fight to protect. So, here are some of the things I picked up and what I did with them.
The beauty of the little tin is that it can hang or sit on a table, which ever you prefer. The flowers were normally $2.99, but they were 70% off, so that was huge! I think that the blue denim ribbon and the shiny stars give just the right touch between rustic and glitz. Here is what I did:
Try not to mind my pictures, I had to use my phone camera as I left my good camera at home in Phoenix. This show the half round styrofoam that I pushed down inside the container to poke the flowers into.
First I put in the flags along the back of the intended arrangement. Then I put in the 3 red and white gerber daisies. Finally I added the blue daisies. Each time, I cut the stem to the length that I wanted, and then wrapped them in floral tape for a unified look.
The last finishing touches included making a bow from the denim ribbon and adding the shiney star ornaments! Here is how it turned out:
Happy Fourth Everyone! "God Bless America, Land that I love!"
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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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