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?


Weekend Recap: SDC and July 4

Weekend Recap: SDC and July 4

This weekend was a great long weekend.  What a blessing it was to take some time to recharge, have fun, rest, and enjoy my family and friends.

My weekend started early because I was off work Friday. (do you hear the hallelujah chorus?!). ¬†I had made plans with my MIL Nancy to go to Branson together….which was sort of on again/off again because of Gram in the ICU. ¬†However, when Thursday rolled around, I felt comfortable leaving since we would only be a few hours away.

So after Zumba Thursday night, we headed to Branson. ¬†After a quick Chick-fil-a dinner stop in NWA, we trucked on to Branson. ¬†It’s really a second home for me. ¬†I spent a few great years during my teens living there and I just love it.

We HAD to make a pit stop by Cakes and Cream on the way to the hotel. ¬†We split an ice-cream-topped funnel cake (diet started today, don’t worry!).

 

Take this in: funnel cake topped with cinnamon sugar, Bunny Tracks ice cream, and hot fudge. OMG.

On Friday, we went to Silver Dollar City (SDC). ¬†I worked at SDC for two summers, and it’s just home to me. I love it love it love it.

When we entered the park, the smell of fresh baked bread was too strong and we ended up in the bakery.  We split a red velvet cinnamon roll (which, tbh, could have used more cinnamon).  We only made it through about half of this.


We also found these AWESOME sunglasses.  They have a bow!  I had to have them.

We rode a few rides (there were NO lines anywhere because of the threat of rain.  And thankfully, it only sprinkled for a few minutes).

We were “those adults” who ran in to meet Blue, yes of Blues Clues. ¬†There was no line, they were playing fun music, and we couldn’t resist.

We shopped, saw some shows, and ate. OH DID WE EAT.  We split everything, but we ate our way round and round the park. SDC just has amazing food. OF course we had my favorite, the family feud succotash, and this was my new favorite: fried veggies topped with chipotle.

I also had a frozen lemonade, duh. Gotta have it.

We had a fun day together, and then headed back home Friday night.

Saturday, I helped with the Miss FreedomFest pageant in Greenwood. ¬†I was the emcee. ¬†It was fun, and I tried not to make a total fool of myself. (if you’re new to the blog because you met me Saturday- hey!)

I’m glad I wasn’t a judge. ¬†The girls were adorable.

The rest of the 4th was full. Visiting Gram, hanging with the family (Sandy and the cousins came up to visit), lunch at Chili’s with everyone, a nap, swimming, and fireworks on the Square. ¬†A great day, indeed.

Sunday was for resting and cleaning.  Much needed on both fronts.

 

I hope you had a great holiday weekend! Did you watch fireworks? ¬†They’re my favorite part of the 4th of July!