Fourth of July

A Festive Fourth

I hope everyone had a lovely Fourth of July!


Jimmy, Lola, and I had quite the busy weekend. From preparing a float, to marching in a parade with our church, to cooking out with my parents and more, we were totally wiped out by the end of the long weekend. Wiped out in the best way, though.

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Jimmy decided to wear a mask, fake beard, suspenders, and hat while we marched in the parade. When he brought home that mask, I was like oh boy, haha. We thought people would be freaked out, but a lot of parade watchers were laughing. Our friend dressed up, too, and even wore a wig. They definitely looked festive šŸ˜‰

Lola marched in the parade with us, which was quite amazing. So many kids and even adults wanted to pet her, so she got a lot of attention! By the end of the parade, she was so tired that we put her on top of the float. It was adorable.

After the parade, we headed to my parents’ house for a cookout. We pretty much just relaxed for the rest of the day. My mom and I took Brandy (my sister’s cocker spaniel) on a walk to a local school and we had fun going down the slide together.

BrandyFourth of July

In the evening, we headed to our church to watch fireworks. We didn’t stay very long because it was rainy and the clouds were covering the fireworks. Oh well! You win some, you lose some. It was a lovely weekend of hard work, celebration, and family time.

Did you celebrate the Fourth of July?

Independence Day, first harvest, and other fun things

Happy Independence Day! I feel incredibly blessed to live in the United States of America. Sometimes I think about this country and just smile. It’s an amazing place to be. Americans have been blessed with so much freedom and so many opportunities. I never want to take this country for granted.

Fourth of July

Jimmy, Lola, and I will be marching in a parade with our church this morning. In the evening, we plan on watching fireworks.

Was anyone else deathly afraid of fireworks when they were little? Any time my family would watch fireworks, I would cover my ears, close my eyes, and be seriously freaked out. I’m glad things have changed, haha.

Jimmy and I harvested the first vegetables from our garden last week! Two zucchini and a cucumber. I’m making zucchini boats for dinner this week and plan on using the cucumber in salads. We’re way behind on weeding, so I’m hoping to squeeze in some garden time this week.

I have a thing for coffee mugs. I always gravitate towards them in stores. Before I went to Savannah, I bought Jimmy this mug and filled it with candy and notes for each day I was gone as a little care package. Once I got back to Pittsburgh you better believe I snatched his mug, even though it says “mine” and I gave it to him. I’m such a nice wife šŸ˜‰

Coffee Mug

Whenever I walk Lola in the summer, we usually walk past this one house that has a ton of tiger lilies. The flowers poke through the fence, and it’s absolutelyĀ gorgeous. I finally gathered up the courage to creepily stop and take a picture so I could share it with you guys.

Tiger Lily Fence

I wish you could see it in person because it’s just stunning.

Last but not least, I have to share a picture of my favorite chocolate lab, Haley. A post isn’t complete on my blog without a dog picture, right?

Pet Sitting

She’s such a sweet, happy girl!

Are you celebrating Independence Day?

Do you have a favorite coffee (or tea) mug?