I’m a planner. I like to know what we’re doing, when we’re doing it, how we’re going to do it…etc, etc. If you’re thinking that I don’t fly by the seat of my pants too well–then you’d be right. But every once in awhile, plans are derailed and I’m forced to just go with it. And to my surprise, those times often end up being some of the most memorable.
Take our 4th of July weekend for example. We had big plans to go camping with my family (and by camping I mean stay in a cabin next to my sister’s camper…you know, roughin’ it)…but that was quickly nixed when we found out there was a flash flood warning in effect for our area all weekend. Thankfully we were able to reschedule our reservations for a later date…but that still left our calendar wide open…and soggy.
The good news is that our plan B was pretty fantastic too…
(and this is where I share an excessive amount of pictures!!)
Before the weather got too bad, I snapped some pictures of these two in their festive gear. I may be biased, but they sure are cute. Even with bribery Oreos falling out of their mouths.
We also hit up the nearest fireworks stand for some goodies. Chris was at work when we went, so his first question was, “why’d you get a bunch of little kid stuff!” Oh you know, because we only have little kids!
We spent Friday night at my parents house, eating our camping food, setting off (little kid) fireworks, and admiring the girls’ matching rompers that were intended for the campgrounds. The weather was amazing and the kids had a ball as usual. I love how much they love each other!
Not too impressed with the Poopy Puppy.
When the rain came the next day, we hung out inside, watched movies, did crafts, and Chris made a blackberry pie. Because apparently he knows how to do that?
Sunday night was finally dry enough to move the party outside and shoot off a few fireworks. Yes! Our neighbors joined us, and the kids were more interested in playing in the back of my car than watching the show their dads were putting on. Such is life with little ones!
Also, Nash doesn’t care for snappers. Can you tell?!?
Sometime around midnight, I woke up sweating profusely and trying to figure out why our monitor wasn’t working. It took me a couple of minutes in my sleepy state to realize that the power was out. Ugh! Unfortunately it still wasn’t fixed at 6am, which threw a wrench in our 4th of July morning–but mostly, my hair!!!
We had decided at the last minute to make a day trip to my mom’s hometown in Iowa (which is our usual 4th tradition)…so I pouted for a few
hours minutes, knowing I’d be going with wonky hair. But we trucked on..and I’m so glad we did, because it was the BEST day.
Our first stop was at my aunt and uncle’s farm to visit…and of course, see their kitties. If there was a way to make this gray one stay a kitten forever, he would’ve been coming home with us!!!
Every time I visit my mom’s hometown, I imagine what it would be like to live there. If I could get Chris a job there, I could totally make the move…and probably take my online shopping habit to a whole new level. Ha!
These orange slice cookies will forever remind me of my grandma. They’re a fourth of July necessity…
Another necessity: the kids games. Arden did the sack jump, 3-legged-race, egg toss, and everyone’s favorite…the greased pig contest. She earned $1.75 and three ribbons…which she has proudly hanging on the antlers above her bed. I was just so proud of the way she jumped into this new, unfamiliar situation and had the best time ever. She even made some friends!
Okay, so the greased pig contest. It’s country entertainment at it’s finest.
My brother used to win a lot when we were little, but I can’t even recall catching a single pig. I guess Arden must’ve had a little help from Uncle Josh on this one…
And Nash…well…he was a cute.
We ended the day at the good ol’ 4th of July parade…
Arden and Nash quickly learned that waving and jumping got them noticed…which got them more CANDY!
It wasn’t the 4th of July I was expecting, but it was pretty darn sweet. I’m so thankful for this country we live in and the family I’ve been blessed with. Not to mention, hairdryers, straighteners…and electricity in general.
Hope y’all had the best day too!