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Our Lovely Little Fourth!

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We could so get used to having 4th of July on a Friday! A long weekend with the family, not having to rush back to work and what made it even better was the weather! It was not the usual scorching, Georgia July heat but a nice, cool breeze and temps in the 80’s.Β  It surprised us all! We stayed outside the majority of the weekend and the kiddos played and played and played. It was wonderful and so relaxing!

So how did we celebrate the 4th of July in a good ole’ Georgia small town?

First up the local parade and festivities:

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You never know what you will see in our hometown parade!

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The men were drooling over this truck.

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Hayden is ready to join these guys! We’ll see…:)

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Ty and Lily watching the parade.

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Lydia doing her thing!

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There were llamas

Snow cones

and snowcones

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and ice cream.

Then we headed to a family baby shower, can you believe we took no pics?!? Oops! Just use your imagination – she is having a baby girl, so there were lots of cute dresses and all things pink. πŸ™‚ The boys were hilarious, Ty said, “I have never been to a baby shower before, are we all giving a baby a shower or taking a shower with a baby…..?” Poor kid, but he wonders no more because the family “showered” the expectant mommy with lots and lots of wonderful presents.

After the shower we headed to real water – the swimming pool! And what a great day to go, we practically had the pool all to ourselves. We did get pics there!


The kids were spoiled – an Olympic size pool all to ourselves, score!

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Lydia loved the diving board and she is just like her mama – has to hold her nose. πŸ™‚

Swimming Hayden

Hayden has the best expressions!

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Smiling Ty!


Lydia and Mama D

The day ended with a family dinner – with everyone! It has been years since we all have been together and enjoyed a meal. It only took us 7 tries to find a restaurant open on the 4th but the hunt was worth it. The absolute best way to spend your 4th of July – with family!


Of course, we got a pic! Excuse the tired faces, we had quite a busy day! πŸ™‚

How did we end this already fun-filled, jam-packed day?


With fireworks

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and sparklers


and brisket!

Β What a wonderful day! Next year has quite the challenge to live up to! πŸ™‚
Hope your 4th was just as amazing as ours!


The 4 F’s!

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Family, Food, Fireworks and of course, the Fourth!


Last year’s 4th of July was another win, even with the rain. (See post about that here) Today our agenda is just as packed but we wouldn’t have it any other way and chance of rain is only 20% so even better. We are looking forward to spending time with our family we don’t see as often as we all would like, eating some yummy BBQ, and celebrating a new baby that will be joining the family this fall and FiReWoRkS!! But first on our agenda the annual 4th of July parade in our little town.
Hope you all have a great day, full of the 4 F’s!

Happy 238th Birthday, America!!

4th of July in a Small Georgia Town

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This summer Georgia has gotten more rain than ever before or at least as far as I can remember. This week has been more of the same: rain, rain and more rain. Thankfully, this did not stop my hometown’s 4th of July plans. Area towns cancelled their festivities but not where I live and I am so thankful they did not. Although, the parade was shorter, there were fewer people and hardly any booths it was still a 4th of July to remember.

When I woke the kiddos up yesterday morning, it was POURING rain. And that is not an exaggeration. But I promised the kids that if the parade wasn’t canceled we would go – rain or shine. We headed to my husbands Grandma’s house to wait for the 9:00am air-horn – the signal of the start of the parade. Amazing enough, the rain stopped minutes before the parade started. The parade was about half of what it usually is but still would have been worth standing in the rain watching. Here are some highlights:

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Lydia watching the start of the parade.

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Poor girls had to wear ponchos.

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The local high school band.

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Fire trucks galore!


After the parade, we headed to downtown to check out the craft area and listen to some good ole’ locals singing and playing the harmonica. On the way we discovered that someone had poured soap in the city fountain, creating a “foamy fountain.” The kids loved it! image_19 (2) image (2)Β Β  image_15 (3)image_3 (4)image_2 (2)

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After walking around downtown, we headed back to Grandma’s for some porch therapy. It was so nice sitting on the porch and not sweating to death, as is usual on the 4th of July. There was a nice cool breeze and when it started to rain again, it made it that much more relaxing. There was a HUGE puddle of water in the front yard and the kids had a great time wading around in it.


The view from Grandma’s porch.

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The “small” puddle.

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My attempt of getting a smile out of Ty.

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Lydia driving her Daddy around.

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Just a swingin’.

And last but certainly not least, the yummy BBQ that is sold every year on the 4th. It is the local tradition! The poor guys had to battle with the rain all night to get it finished in time. But it was well worth the wait. Thank you guys!



We ended the night with a firework display at my parents home. It was just what we needed to cap off our fun-filled rainy day!

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I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July celebration. I love living in a small town and especially love that nothing can stop our traditions! I want to thank the men and women that allow us to celebrate our freedom every year. Because without them none of this would be possible! So thank you past, present and future soldiers.