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Over the last few years, the Fourth of July has become one of my very favorite holidays. I don’t make a big deal of every holiday, but there are a few where I like to dress up, make special food, and do holiday specific activities. This year we invited my sister, Janssen, and her family, and my parents to come celebrate with us for the weekend, and we did all of those things and then some.

Between the famous Huntington Beach parade, two beautiful mornings at the beach, lots of good food (including a BBQ in my backyard and homemade triple berry pie for dessert), fireworks on the beach, dinner downtown at our favorite italian joint, and lots of family time, we had an amazing weekend. Also, I could have slept for two days straight after all of that and still been tired. But it was worth it.

Before the weekend, we stopped in at Target and picked up a few essentials — matching striped shirts for the boys, s’mores ingredients, and some strawberry and strawberry with milk Fruttare bars (which can also be purchased at most grocery stores nationwide).

On the morning of the parade, we packed up a cooler and brought along the bars, which were the perfect treat to help cool us off when the sun came out from behind the trees and we all got super hot.

That evening, we hung paper stars (tutorial here) from the twinkle lights and had an outdoor BBQ. It was perfect weather, the setting was magical, and I fell even more in love with outdoor entertaining.

We ended the weekend with s’mores, sparklers, and lots of giggles from two little cousin friends.

It was the perfect weekend! Happy birthday, America — we sure do love you!