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I Love Art, Adore the Handmade and Treasure the Vintage. I am the Fun Mom, the Silly Friend and the Writer who wants to make more room for beauty in the everyday.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

...some of my favorite Americans....

We host a backyard 4th of July bash every year..

...and at the beginning of the gathering I have the camera in hand and catch a few families on the flag as they arrive...friends new and old, family and neighbors...a wonderful crew...





  



Then I lose the camera -- I have to get the cooling and serving taken care of -- and I usually find it much later in the day in some odd spot...so I just start snapping away knowing I've missed more than I can ever capture and hope that memory serves as a sweet keeper of the day...

And here are my fave party shots...











And of course -- DESSERT PARADE!!  Thanks to this year's Grand Marshal, Shauna Baird, for rallying the troops and beating the spoon on the old pot lid to get these 60+ kids to serve dessert to all...







And just a sweet aside...here I am with Michele...we met at 9 years old and were fast friends...

 Here are our daughters at 9...

I love that we do this party to stay connected to so many folks...

Enjoy your celebrations this week...



xxoo Until next year...merry, merry 4th of July and all that summer jazz and fireflies....
xxoo Jen
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