Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Did you have a good Fourth?

I hope so. I can't wait to hear all about the celebrations in the parts of this great country I know of only through my dear friends of the blog heart. We were pleasantly surprised that our Daily Drenching (as we have dubbed this wet stuff that won't STOP) was only a little sun shower and as the saying goes: A sun shiny shower, only lasts half an hour! Yeah!

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!

Shortcake enjoyed making decorations so much she made this sign to add to our festivities.

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!

18 comments:

  1. Sounds very fun!!! Our day was very quiet. The rain didn't start until about 5 minutes ago. It is crazy how much it's rained this summer.

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  2. Looks like you had a wonderful day! I must try the recipe and the stars. God bless!

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  3. That's so funny. I was totally in a Pampered Chef mood today, flipping through my cookbooks all afternoon. I love all your art projects! How fun!

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  4. Whoa, looks like a craft store blew up in your house today! Sheesh, I feel so UNcrafty now, I gotta go grab some google eyes and tissue paper and come up with something good for the next holiday!

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  5. Yes, we had a great 4th! It looks like you did as well!

    I love the crafts and professional-looking cake!

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  6. All of your decorations look beautiful.

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  7. The 4th was always a big holiday for me growing up because we lived in a military town but for many reasons we cannot participate in the traditional celebrations. This was my attempt to still make it a big day without parades, real fireworks and hot dogs.

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  8. Looks like a wonderful day! I laughed out loud when I saw your construction paper and glitter fireworks...would you believe that we made the EXACT same thing?! How cool is that? :) Yours are beautiful, and I love all the other fun things you did! I'll bet your kids had a GREAT time!

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  9. That dessert looks super! I'm glad all of you had a happy and safe Fourth!

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  10. Happy 4th on the 5th! Your photos are de-lovely, especially that de-licious dessert. (me, i'm a big ol' fan of Pampered Chef...)

    We did 0 crafts on our end--far too crazy a day for that--and I'm always wistful thinking...now why didn't I call Matilda and ask what they were doing? ;)

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  11. Looks like a great day. I love the make your own fireworks idea. My kids don't care for the real thing, so maybe we will do that next year.
    Our fourth was not great, but we still enjoyed Husband being home for the day.

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  12. I, too, am enjoying reading about all of the wonderful 4th of July celebrations. Your stars and berries dessert looked incredible. Thanks for sharing photos from the day!

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  13. Great pictures, Matilda!

    I'm glad you enjoyed your day - that dessert you made is beautiful!

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  14. It's funny Matilda, we couldn't do the typical Fourth things for various reasons, either. And I ended up going overboard on food-related things and fireworks on paper! Your dessert is absolutely beautiful!!

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  15. WOW you sure did a lot of wonderfully creative things on the fourth! I love that strawberry creation! It looks too good to eat!

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  16. Oh no... it is too good not to eat!

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  17. Your dessert looks fabulous and your crafts are so clever! I love how you call the rain the "daily drenching" because that is exactly what it is! The other day I got caught in it and had to change every single item I was wearing. :(

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  18. Wow, Matilda, what a beautiful Fourth you had! You are so creative - I just love all your ideas!

    I'm checking out that gorgeous dessert recipe now.....

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