4th of July Fun

4th of July Fun

Goodness did we have a super fun holiday!

We kicked it off on the 3rd with a birthday for our cousin Caitlyn! I LOVE that she wants to be here with us for her birthday. This is somehow the only photo I took that evening…of Remi eating the cake.

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After dinner, we went to see fireworks. It’s a tradition for Cait on her birthday! It was BUSY because the only fireworks in the area were at a town about 30 minutes from home….and EVERYONE was there. My aunt had some car trouble that threw a wrench into the plans, but we still watched the big show and it was fun.

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Remi was a little nervous, but ended up doing great, not even needing me to hold her. She sat by her KK most of the night!

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On the 4th, we headed to the square in the morning to get some fun family time before Tyler had to go to work!

Remi wanted to bring her bike, and (even though I was nervous she was going to run into someone!) she had a great time peddling around. Our small town celebration is a great time to ride your little bike around.

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She got plenty of play time on the bouncy houses (even though she was afraid of the ones with water).

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And we loved getting some family time together. If you’re not dressing crazy patriotic for the 4th, are you even American? ha!

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We cooled off with snowcones- off course blue for this one!

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She LOVED seeing her blue tongue in my camera. ūüôā

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After a good nap, we hit up Mimi’s house for swimming and lunch!¬† We were there with our family and some friends (my friend Rachel’s crew came to swim, too!). SO MUCH FUN.

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We got ready that evening (and got some Nene snuggles) and then headed back to the square.

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My favorite 4th of July tradition is the HUGE block party that happens on our town square. Live music- so many friends. It’s HOT (see everyone sweating like crazy?) but it’s SO fun.

We dance, we eat dinner from the food trucks, we get snow cones and watch fireworks.

We LOVED dancing with our friends Tara and Amelia…

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And we also partied with my sweet friend Brandy and her son.

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Tyler had to work, but we were so grateful to meet up with Tara and her family- and sweet Heath played with Remi just like a daddy would have. So thankful for friends who are more like family.

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More blue snow cones!

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And then fireworks!¬† Remi wasn’t too interested (it was her third fireworks in like 4 nights)….but we enjoyed being all together!

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4th of July Fun!

4th of July Fun!

We were all set up to have an amazing 4th of July!  Tyler was off work, family was in town, and we were going to have a great day.

Our town hosts an AWESOME all-day festival with music, food, games, inflatables, events and fireworks. We LOVE it. It’s such a small hometown thing. You see everyone down there, the kids play, you eat delicious food, listen to live music and all watch fireworks together in the town square. It’s perfection.

The morning started off with the Miss Freedom Fest pageant, which Remi was participating in. We ran into Krue, who was born the same night as Remi in the next room. ūüôā She tried kissing him, but he wasn’t feeling it. ha!

She’s been eating apples like crazy, and HAD to bring one with her.

Before the pageant, she hung out with family, being passed from person to person and running around with everyone.

She did SO good in the pageant!  I went on stage with her because the stage was only a couple feet deep and I worried about her trying to jump off.  She waved, blew kisses and did a twirl.

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She won her age division and got some fun trophies and a crown! She was most interested in the sash and has played with it since.

She looked so big with all the queens on stage afterward.

After the pageant, the fun really began because we just enjoyed the festival (well, until naptime).¬† We saw our “boyfriend” James. He’s a little sweetheart- and his momma is a Hanson fan, so he’s already met Taylor Hanson. ūüôā

We grabbed a pickle-sickle and watched the band play. She did a LOT of dancing.

After lunch at the square and a nap at home (a loooong nap, thank goodness!) we went and swam with the fam.  This silly girl loved playing with everyone.

Then we all got dressed and headed back to the square for dinner, music and fireworks.

We ran into Uncle Sam (our amazing mayor).

We all ate dinner (of course, Remi had a “hoddog” and listened to Ricochet (the country band from the 90s).¬† They were FANTASTIC live. And the music was LOUD, but we put Remi’s earplugs in and let her go.¬† She wanted to be up front dancing, so we sat up front so we could watch her.

It was a wonderful family day together (even if it was a little hot).  I dream of WAY more days together like this if Tyler gets the school officer job next fall.

This little peanut danced by the stage all night.

She was getting a little tired, but perked up when neighbors around the square started shooting fireworks. She wasn’t scared at all, and in fact, kept asking for more “firewys” She LOVED the big show. She moved around a lot, going from person to person, but she kept her eyes on the skies and kept “oohing” and “ahing” It was precious.

It was a late night, but we all slept good that night!

 

We are so thankful to celebrate independence, for those who have fought and continue to fight for it.


Baby, you’re a firework!

Baby, you’re a firework!

Oh what a fun July 4th we had!  It was a little sad because Tyler had to work a 12-hour shift (boo!) so it was just me and my girl. But we made the most of it!

We hung out at home in the morning, watching her CRAWL all over the place. She’s officially crawling on her knees and getting everywhere FAST. So I spent the morning watching her crawl around and baby-proofing as we went. Then she napped and I got her ready to go.

She looked red, white and cute!

We went to town for our city’s FreedomFest. ¬†It’s the best. ¬†Seeing lots of friends, music, food, vendors…so much fun. She was entered in our little patriotic pageant.

She was pretty excited before it started.

I carried her on stage to show her off. She finally smiled at the end of the stage. Little ham!

She won her age division. We were so surprised! It’s a fundraiser, so we were just there to support our friends…but getting some fun trophies was a nice surprise!

Miss Freedom Fest Tiny Tot Queen!

All of the winners (and me, who was making sure she didn’t crawl off the stage!)

Her boyfriend James came by to congratulate her! So sweet!

Our family was there, which is always fun!  We were so thankful that Heather and Kelsey and my bestie Brandy came to cheer her on!

We may have had a little too much fun with Her Majesty.

Sweet girl!

After the pageant, we walked around the festival and ate lunch.  But then it was naptime, so we came home.

After naps, Grandpa showed up to play! She loved his funny noises!

And a little later, uncle Dwight joined the fun!

Once Tyler FINALLY got off work, Remi was already in bed, so Gigi stayed with her while we went back to the festival.  There was a fun bluegrass country band playing, so we put our chairs in the middle of a bunch of friends, visited, ate dinner, listened to the music and waited for the fireworks.

A delish low carb dinner from a food truck.  A philly without a bun and bacon wrapped pickles! YUM!

At dark, we went and found dessert and moved our chairs back for the fireworks show. Our town puts on a great fireworks show. They turn the lights off on the square and play a fun patriotic sound track that the fireworks are set to. Lots of fun!

It was a late night getting home, but so worth it for a little hometown date and seeing the fireworks.

I hope you all had a fun 4th as well!


Weekend Recap: 4th of July!

Weekend Recap: 4th of July!

I love the 4th of July. ¬†Even without a ton of plans, it’s a fun weekend. Time off work, fireworks, family…what more could you want?

We had a lowkey Friday evening with dinner at home. We had been going going going all last week, so we took Friday night at home.  We spent some time watching the hummingbirds.  They are busy this time of year- drinking two whole feeders in just 2-3 days this weekend!

We also had a bunch of baby furniture to work on since we picked up the dresser and crib on Thursday.  Saturday and Sunday we got the bookshelf and dresser assembled! Hoping to do the crib this week!

Saturday when I was home, Mikey made a MESS. ¬†He loves to paw his food out of his bowl…and I came into the kitchen and saw this mess. Crazy dog!

I did some extra cleaning around the house- working on cleaning the carpets. It felt good to be productive!

I did have some downtime with naps and Shark Week, as well.

Sunday, me and the boys went over to mom’s for breakfast. It was Caitlyn’s birthday, and we spent the day together.

The dogs were TOO FUNNY on the way over. Pippin sat on Mikey!

Sunday evening we took the Sweet 16 girl out for her birthday and then came home for cake. Then we snuck to the little town up the road for fireworks!

On the 4th, I emceed our local 4th of July pageant on the square and then met the family at the lake. Before I left for my nap, we made s’mores. YUM.

Tyler worked a long day (14 hours!) but he still came with us to the square for fireworks. I love it.  They hand out glowsticks which makes it even more fun!

We came home right after the fireworks since he was so tired (and he had to get up early for work today), but we had a GREAT weekend!

How was your holiday weekend?