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Independence Day 2017

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This year for the 4th of July, one of my friends and I decided we wanted to throw a BBQ/Potluck kind of party. Nothing too wild and crazy, just a fun evening by the pool, eating good food with friends and family.

I made a cute Fence Post Flag, Homemade Sangria, Hung up some White Christmas Lights, and decorated the tables with Red & Blue table cloths.

We had some old fence posts lying around in the backyard so I decided to put them to good use! I picked out 9 good boards that were not warped or did not have chunks of wood missing.

Laid out a tarp, grabbed some Red, White and Blue paints, laid the boards down and got to work!

First I taped off the part that was going to be blue with the white stars with some painters tape, and then I painted 5 boards Red and 4 boards white. I painted 2-3 coats on each board.

After they were all dry, I peeled the painters tape off and picked up the blue paint and my brush and carefully painted the blue on the board. The blue paint was a little thicker so I only had to paint 1 coat.

After about an hour or two of letting the paint dry. I laid the boards down in order and squeezed them together while my mom used the staple gun to secure the back board onto them.

Once, the boards were all put together I painted on the white stars, now I definitely did not get all 50 stars on the flag, but i did get 10 good sized stars painted.

And voila! You have yourself a Fence Post Flag.

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My mom also got a little crafty! She made a Tic Tac Toe game out of some rocks from our backyard and an old log.

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To make the Homemade Sangria, we took Apples, Oranges, Limes, Lemons, Grapes, 2 Bottles of the Costco Sangria, 2 Bottles of the Two Buck Chuck from Trader Joes and some Moscato. We dumped all of the chopped of fruit into the pitcher and then poured in the wine!

I have to say, I believe Sangria has become my favorite drink….

We had a great night of just hanging out, drinking, eating and enjoying each others company. We watched the neighbors fireworks from the pool and all was well in the world, Until……

Our backyard backs up to a Golf Course, so our genius neighbors hopped the fence and started to light fireworks on the golf course right next to a bunch of trees and brush. Now remember we live in Arizona so everything is dry and hot! After about the second firework, a fire started!!!

They didn’t even hurry to try to put the flames out, they just stood there and watched it for a few minutes!! Finally, some of the guys at our house jumped the fence, and I guess it triggered the neighbors into gear, because then they ran to get a pitcher of water and put the flames out!

 

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About a week ago, I watched a video of a man asking people questions on a beach somewhere about why we celebrate the 4th of July, and out of about 20 or more people only 2 knew the answer. So I urge everyone to go and read the Declaration of Independence: https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript

Here is a snippet of the document our Founding Fathers wrote:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”

 

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