Happy {Belated} 4th of July!


4th of July is one of the best holidays ever, isn’t it?!!  I mean what’s better than enjoying time with the family, barbecuing, going to parades and fireworks and soaking up the sun?  Did you know that over 150 million hotdogs were eaten Friday and 700 million pounds of chicken were purchased last week leading up to the 4th?!  WOW!!!

Growing up, the 4th of July was a huge deal in our house!  Each year we dressed up in our patriotic colors and spent the day parade hopping, having a picnic lunch, going swimming in the afternoon and spending the evening in the park walking through the carnival, eating our standard fried chicken, pasta salad, chips dinner and waiting for the fireworks to start!  Same thing every year!  Luckily for me, my husband didn’t have much in the way of 4th of July traditions with his family, so he acclimated right in (minus the parade part because for some crazy reason he HATES them!!).  Now that we have M, it’s been so much fun to spend the day with her, showing her our traditions and yearly activities and getting to experience them in a whole new way, through her!

Here are some highlights of our day:


Waiting for the parade to start and of course we sat facing the sun so she was squinting and looking mad in all of her pics! 🙂




Swinging at the park!


Time for fireworks!!!


How blessed are we to live in this great country!?!  Happy Birthday, America…