We managed to get all of our errands run this morning without having to crack open an umbrella which is good, because I think they were starting to form a union and threatening a strike due to being over worked and under dried. We spent the rest of the morning making fireworks. We used black construction paper, enough glitter to rival the set of High School Musical II and glue. My kids agreed that these fireworks are the best kind because they don't make any noise.
We also made some stars using the instructions we found here. When I found them last night, I had to try and see if it really worked. Are you telling me it is possible to make a well formed star with only one snip of my scissors? Yes, I am! Just follow the instructions and fold it correctly. We wasted a ton of paper, but had fun!
I made fried chicken (Grandma's secret recipe) and mashed potatoes. Dessert was a traditional favorite around here. Berries and Stars comes from a Pampered Chef cookbook my mom gave me many moons ago. The kids picked off the strawberries and ate the stars like cookies as is their tradition. Husband and I enjoyed it as is.
The things you see around our dessert are my homemade, non-flammable, totally reusable sparklers. Wooden dowels, metallic pipe cleaners, gold strips and a fun gift topper all wrapped and taped together. (I'd tell you how I did it, but they are each a little different since I was figuring them out as I went.) The kids have been waving them and their mini-flags all day.
The best laugh of the day: BigBoy watching Little Richard perform in front of the White House on PBS with a very confused look on his face and then proclaiming, "He's not a boy! Maybe he's a girl!?!"
Happy Fourth to you all and to all a good night!