Tuesday, July 19, 2016

4th of July Festivities

Yeah... I am just now getting to the 4th of July...  But everyone is still felling patriotic right?!  We were fortunate to spend yet another Independence Day at my parent's lake house.  Being in middle of nowhere Idaho, in small town America, is exactly where I like to celebrate!


Our morning started with a bloody marys & champagne, so it was bound to be a good day.  After everyone was dressed in their red, white, & blues, we hit "downtown" for the parade through Main Street.  It's short. small. and slightly quirky.  It's everything a parade should be.  Finn came for the dogs, Liam for the candy, both for the firetrucks.  I've taught Liam to give all the "chokies" (small, hard candy) to me.  Oh do I love myself some freshly thrown parade candy!


We were supposed to spend a day on the lake with my brother's family, but unfortunately one of my nieces got sick shortly after the parade ended.  They decided to leave the lake house which was a huge (understandable) disappointment.  Plus, the weather was super windy and somewhat chilly, so our plans were practically spoiled.  But we napped & we rallied, and we made the most of our day!

Boat rides still happened.  American flag swimsuits were still worn.  There was an epic water balloon fight (Nana & Pops included).  We barbecued, as all Americans do.  And we played around with fireworks.  Finn held his very first sparkler!  He had the biggest grin all while looking so so proud!



The littlest was asleep quite early, so my mom & I sat on the back deck together watching fireworks from all over the lake light up the sky.  Liam made sure to get a nap in, so he got to stay up late late late.  This was the first year he really got to have the whole fireworks experience.  He took a late night party boat ride with Conor & Pops to tour the lake for a more unclose fireworks show.  They stayed out until nearly midnight!  Liam was in complete awe and stayed awake for it all!




It was quite the wonderful little holiday!
I'm proud of this country & thankful for my freedom!

18 comments :

  1. Your 4th sounds positively perfect! Like something right out of a book.
    And this will surely be a 4th Liam won't soon forget. That little made made some amazing memories!

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  2. Oh I wish we could watch fireworks from our own deck... And over a lake just makes it that much better! We've yet to take Noah because the idea of driving somewhere super crowded, at 9pm not knowing if he will even like them, doesn't sound appealing to me ;).

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  3. sounds like a great day! and i am in love with liam's hair!!!

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  4. A lake house 4th of July sounds perfect! Your pictures are always so beautiful :)

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  5. Yes! We are still feeling rather patriotic over here. I’m obsessed with all things red, white and blue right now. So this post made me super happy. Plus, I can never get enough of your amazing photos. You have such a talent. Your 4th of July sounds absolutely perfect (minus your niece getting sick). I’m impressed that Liam made it up past midnight. That’s hard for even me some days (old lady status). But, I am sure the fireworks over the lake were a sight to see!

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  6. What a beautiful celebration! It sounds like you guys participated in a lot of the activities we did...boat rides, fireworks, deck sitting. So nice! I'm sure it's one you'll remember forever!

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  7. It's never too late for a 4th of July post, ever! I love all of your photos as always!

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  8. Ah, these photos! Just precious! What a wonderful celebration with family! :)

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  9. The matching American flag swim trucks are too cool!! Plus Finn's face while holding the sparkler, that should be a regular weekend activity. Sounds like a pretty wonderful 4th, even with a few spoiled plans.

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  10. Beautiful pictures! I'm so glad you had a nice 4th of July!

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  11. The very best memories!! Sucheck a bummer your brother had to leave early but it seems like yall had a fabulous time. Sitting on the patio with my mama watching fireworks uninterrupted sounds so very delightful!

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  12. Your pictures have me swooning - such a classic 4th of July! Glad Liam got to stay up and enjoy the festivities. Caleb was not able to make it for fireworks - he'd worn himself out before all that began, but I have high hopes for next year:)

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  13. i'd like to see the line up of patriotic swimwear please & thank you.

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  14. What a wonderful 4th...definitely something everyone dreams of! Our town does absolutely nothing for the 4th so I love living vicariously through everyone else! ;)

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  15. Your little boys are so beautiful!! Now you make me want to relive our 4th of July all over again. Its so fun watching the boys enjoy the fireworks this year. -Home of Malones

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  16. I remember candy throwing at parades when I was little and I thought they still did it! For whatever reason, in our city they aren't allowed to throw candy :( Glad you guys had had a great 4th!

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  17. Staying awake for the holidays is such a fun getting bigger treat! Aria stayed up on our Fourth too, although she decided to be a pain in the butt. The nap is a good idea lol.

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  18. Oh, I couldn't love this any more! This is exactly what I want our holidays to be like for the kids. Small town, fresh air, lots of green, staying up late, candy, mimosas, grandparents and cousins and American flag swimsuits! Perfection LMK. Can we join you next year?

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