the weekend

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A rare occasion of a family picture, patriotic paper straw necklaces, and a weekend with family and out-of-town friends.

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{In addition to necklaces, Caroline made an assortment of patriotic ribbon bracelets--super cool--and paper flag rings for her

sisters and an "America the Free" tote out of paper and duct tape.  That girl is serious.}

After dinner and swimming on the fourth, my girls hovered over the cupcakes, each one of them knowing exactly which state was theirs.  I ended up with Washington and Nebraska and a few other states as the weekend went on.

I love holidays.  I love that everything slows down and my husband is 100% with us.  Swimming with daddy is so much more fun than swimming with mommy and staying up late every night with good friends feels like we're 10 years younger.

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Today is Monday and I'm glad for it.  I have happy memories of time spent with people I really love.

 the sleepy time gal