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Independence Day 10 years ago I had just started dating my husband. We’d been dating for 11 days to be exact. He invited me to watch fireworks with his family and I was already head over heels in love. My stomach flipped when he reached to hold my hand.

Four years ago I celebrated the 4th of July in the hospital holding my newborn daughter in my arms. We’ve watched the fireworks together every year since. She’s always a little frightened at first but warms up and enjoys the thrill after a few minutes.

I love dressing us all up in matching patriotic attire and any excuse to try to grab a family photo. My sisters came over to be a part of the photo shoot. Lauren is obsessed with Snoop and Lil’ J is obsessed with her Aunt Kimmie.

As my husband and I watched fireworks together for the 10th year, it felt quite similar to the first. Except this time we had our four-year-old with us.

I’m so blessed to have such a fantastic family, and live in such a wonderful nation.

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I haven’t had as much time to sew lately because I’ve been busy with a million other things. So my vacation to Utah gave me a chance to relax and do some things I normally don’t have time to do, but of course I couldn’t bring my machine.

Luckily, my husband’s family is full of seamstresses and conveniently, a family-owned sewing machine store, so coming across one to borrow wasn’t too hard.

Patriotic DressOne of his cousins lent me one of her extras (funny, I know!) so I could whip up a pattern I’d been dying to try.

I bought a bunch of patriotic fabric on sale for $4 at Hancock Fabrics and was saving it in hopes to make an easy dress. Adelaide’s Boutique, which I LOVE and have bought numerous dresses from just started releasing her patterns, and her first one came out just in time.

This is her Strappy Dress Pattern. I love it because there’s no crazy cut outs I needed to make before starting, the pattern was all rectangles so I just went by her measurements. If you’ve been thinking about sewing or are intimidated by the thought, let me tell you, if I can do it, so can you. So give it a shot!

I altered it a little to add a hem band to the bottom since I had a 4th fabric I wanted to use, and I think it came out great!

Oh, and this was my first time (successfully) experimenting with shirring. The pattern has excellent step-by-step directions to get through it. It was nice to try it this was versus stringing elastic through the bodice.

It still took me about 4 hours total (I always underestimate my speed) but it wasn’t hard at all.

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If you couldn’t tell, we had a blast in Utah. All these were taken on one day. We went to a hot air balloon fest, watched a parade, and watched fireworks that night (which she fell asleep during, silly girl). The next (5) day(s) she kept describing the few fireworks she did see by jumping up and down and saying “Works go BOOM! Up in the skies! Say BOOM! … I cover my ears.” It was so cute, I’ll have to video record it. More on my birthday girl soon. But it’s good to be home!

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