I don’t know what’s going on in your neck of the woods, but in my little corner of the desert, everything is on fire. I’ve been watching the reports from Colorado and from one end of Utah to the other. In fact, we even had a relatively small fire start at the mouth of the canyon just a mile or so from our house in the middle of the night on Saturday. Yesterday, a mountain about 20 minutes south of us caught fire. I think fireworks are off the table for us this year. The firefighters have already got their work cut out for them.
If, by chance, you are doing what we are doing and eating spectacular foods in lieu of fireworks, I made these fun (and free) printables for you! Inspired by the stunning displays of large firework shows and, truthfully, even more inspired by the hero’s who serve in the military and dedicate their lives to protecting us, I designed a series of flags and a wall (or table) print with some of my favorite words from our anthems.
A special thank-you goes out to my brother, Chad, and to his sweet family, who have joined the ranks of true hero’s. Chad serves as a Lt-Col. in the army. (To put that in civilian terms, he’s like Tom Hanks in ‘Saving Private Ryan.’) He has performed several tours of duty and returned home safely each time. He is humble and would likely not consider himself any sort of special, but I’ve heard him tell of occasions that leave me speechless. He has received awards only given in extraordinary circumstances, yet all he has ever said about it was that it “wasn’t a biggie. Just doing my job.” We all know that everything he has done has been a big deal. So, thank you Chad for all that you and your family do for our country.
Click on the links below to instantly download the files. There are 4 different flags, I’ve only shown 1 above. (All you do after you click on the link is save it to your desktop. They are pdf files that you can print at home or at your local printer.)
I also designed another set of printables inspired by washi tape. However, I wasn’t able to get pictures of them before today’s post. I spent the weekend playing and working with my kids. By the time I realized I hadn’t printed them out, let alone snapped the pics….my baby was sleeping…in the same room as the printer. Since you should never wake a sleeping baby, not even when she is 4, there are no photos. You’ll have to take a gamble and see if you like them. It’s like the brown-grab-bag of junk at the craft store. Sometimes you even get lucky. Besides, they are free.