independence day!

happy independence day!

here's a little history! it was July 2, 1776, that the Second Continental Congress while meeting in Philadelphia voted to approve a resolution for independence from Britain but, there were edits and they needed to draft a document explaining the details to the public.

Once the Congress approved the Declaration on Independence document on July 4, the printer John Dunlap printed about 200 copies. Today 26 copies remain.

This is why the Declaration has the words, “IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776,” at the top, because that is the day the last version was signed in Philadelphia. (via https://constitutioncenter.org)

HAPPY JULY 4TH!


enjoy these splendid firework images!

 coney island, ny

coney island, ny

 san fransico, ca

san fransico, ca

 new york city, ny

new york city, ny

 ocean city, nj

ocean city, nj

 boston, ma

boston, ma

 brooklyn, ny

brooklyn, ny

 washington d.c.

washington d.c.

 walt disney world, florida

walt disney world, florida

 wildwood, nj

wildwood, nj

our local fireworks are amazing every year!

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til next time.

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top secret 7th birthday

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it tough when your birthday falls during summer break - so even though Liam's birthday isn't until the end of the month we celebrated this past weekend.

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when asked what theme he wanted he didn't hesitate to reply Spy!

 

here he is ready to party with a glow in the dark magnifying glass on his face - wearing the tshirt i made using Avery Fabric Transfers #8938 iron-on decals. lol that was an experience... if you don't know i am not a DIYer!!!

i knew the theme tie-in would largely be conveyed through the cake, invitations, favors and thank you tags. i found Lori Cubel's shop  Party Place on Etsy.

i wanted scratch-offs on the invitation and thank you tags. Lori quickly created exactly what i envisioned. since you all know what a sharer i am - let me introduce you - Lori told me she started out designing for herself - her children's parties and for other family events.

"Guests at our parties were always asking where I got my party goodies and when I told them I designed them myself... they asked if I would make some for their parties too and they paid me! "

she left her 9-5 job in photography and graphic design in 2008 and opened her Etsy shop.

 

"I feel very blessed to be able to help my customers celebrate all their happy occasions and celebrations... new babies, birthdays , weddings and holidays"

Lori is offering the chaletmomma family a discount. enter code chaletmomma at checkout to receive 10% off your entire order.


for the second year in a row we held the party at Glow House Kids - you know what they say - if it ain't broke... Liam loves it there - running around in the dark playing games while music plays - what's not to love about that.

laser tag was a huge hit! literally!

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he is so happy - pure joy!

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after 1-1/2 hours it was time to gather the revelers for a group shot! the colors are so great!

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every kiddo went home with a Glow House Kids water bottle, a pair of spy glasses, an invisible pen, a stack-able crayon and their cool glow ring! (Liam hasn't noticed i took his ha!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

our happy family!

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til next time.

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