A Sparkling 4th of July

Let Freedom Ring type

Wowzers…This year we celebrated the 4th of July week with a BANG! I think my little family is still recovering from all the excitement at the rodeo, parades and BBQ’s!  We kicked off our fun-filled 4th of July week with a visit to the St. Paul Rodeo, an all-American classic tradition for my family. We have had the same box seats at St. Paul Rodeo, since before I was walking. This year was the 79th Annual Rodeo and my little guy’s third visit to this rodeo. He slept through his first show at 1.5 months old, loved the HUGE firework show as one-year old and this year was fascinated with the COWS and cowboys. In fact, during the steer wrestling…Cason informed me “Oh-no Mama, the guy fell down onto the cow…uh-oh!” Too cute…he had all of us cracking up with his sheer exhilaration for the show. But I have never seen my little cowboy sit so still as he did for the fireworks frenzy at the end of the night. He was shouting out the colors of each firework as it boomed in the sky. Priceless!
St. Paul rodeo

A new adventure for our little family this year included being spectators at the local parades. WE HIT UP TWO OF THEM! The first one was a test drive for Cason…the kiddie parade. It’s a short and sweet parade, with lots of candy. We met up with his best buddies and cousins for a nice night out, where all we saw was Stars, Stripes and Smiles.

parade horse

kiddie parade

{Red, White and True Blue Friends}

kiddie parade 1

{All Star Cousins}

all star cousins

The next parade was the large 4th of July parade…oh my word, I didn’t even know this town had that many people. Every street was packed with parade goers. We saw some amazing floats and lots of people we knew from the neighborhood…even our animal/cattle vet had a float.

{All Decked Out in Red, White and Blue}


{First Fireworks~ Sparklers}

Fourth of July 2014 Sparklers

BTW, has anybody noticed that the sparklers out now are nowhere near as big and sparkly as they were when we were  kiddos! Cason loved the sparklers…we ended up going through the entire box of sparklers and all the other fireworks the hubby and kiddo picked out from the firework stand.  I am not sure who was into them more…Cason the two-year old or the hubby, the thirty something year old. Especially when the kiddo was tired and  passing out in my lap and the hubby wanted to keep going. LOL

It never fails in the valley, 4th of July week means HAY SEASON for everyone. Therefore, the farms and farmers that grow their own hay are on tractors all day, trying to finish and get out of the fields before the BBQ’s.  We put up around 50+ acres in grass/clover hay for our cattle. The way the schedule fell, we ended up having our Independence Day BBQ on the 5th of July.  We don’t even require showers or cleaning up…just travel on over after you step off the tractor and enjoy some tri-tip, corn on the cob and a cold one…plus more fireworks.

{Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue Decor}

back patio

The Hubby and I DIY’ed this farmhouse patio table for less than $100.00. I absolutely love it and we seemed to be using this outdoor table more this summer than our indoor farmhouse table. I will post all the information on the stain color and tutorial soon.

back patio 1


back patio 2


I hope everyone’s Independence Day was a blast!

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~Erma Bombeck