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We spent our Saturday evening celebrating 'Murica by playing games with fire and dancing around on the warm pavement until the sun went down and our bare feet turned pink and raw. It's no secret why Taylor and I ended up together: we turn into prehistoric/wizard children as soon as the fireworks come out (but also because we're madly in love, but that's beside the point). I don't know what it is about fireworks that always make you miss someone, but this year, at least I didn't have to miss Taylor Dale. It's been a few years since we last got to spend a fourth-of-July together, now he's stuck spending them with me for the rest of forever (insert evil laugh here). 

Lately I've been thinking a lot about holiday traditions. I want to have a couple of simple, fun traditions to carry out with Taylor for each of the holidays throughout the year. I think having traditions adds so much magic to the holidays, no matter how big or small the holiday may be. If anyone has favorite holiday traditions (whether they're weird, sweet, etc.) please don't hesitate to share them! I love hearing about the ways in which other people choose to celebrate. Growing up, my mother always made a big deal about Valentine's Day. She'd write each of her kids a little love letter and do sweet little things to make the day special. The fourth of July has always been a day celebrated with barbecues, water games, and being outside all day long (which is exactly what will be taking place tomorrow). Holidays are what you make them, after all. 

Happy Independence Day weekend! Hope everyone is feelin' extra patriotic.

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