Happy Birthday, America! Every day is a celebration at my house because my cousins are here all the way from St. Louis! This is like a festival for all of us -they are the cutest, funniest boys and we definitely don’t see them enough.

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My parents have an annual Independence Day Party (where I have a tradition of wearing headbands), so this year, the kids decided to spend the morning tie-dyeing t-shirts, hippie style :]

Walking through Walmart is always a glorious thing. All in one place, I can find the largest amount of goodies that I never knew I wanted, and this week, it happened to be tie dye!

My goal was to run in really quickly and get some crafty things to make a headband. I am NOT a crafty person! Sometimes I’ll sit down and paint, but I never have a plan and it always ends up as a bunch if squiggles and lines. One particular evening last week, while walking down one of the only two art isles in Walmart, my inner geek spotted a color kit and got the bright idea that maybe in another life I could have been a fashion designer and by golly I’m gonna make some tshirts!

We had no idea what we were doing, and there were a lot of googled patterns and color explosions all over the driveway, but we ended up with some very different and very cool new outfits.

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We completed the day with some sparklers, roman candles, and lots of freeze-tag in the moonwalk.

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237 years ago, WE became a nation. The mighty UNITED states. I am proud to call myself an American & to live in a country where we can enjoy and exercise the freedoms we are granted each day. God bless America!

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