July 3, 2014

This summer is whizzing by and it’s been filled with far too much work, and not nearly enough lazy summer days as I hoped it would be.  The next few weeks are busy as can be, including a trip to Atlanta to speak at Haven Conference (eeeee!).  But I fully intend to enjoy the 4th of July with my people, and I hope to make it full of childhood whimsy and fireworks for my little person.

Ruby is the youngest grandchild on both sides of our family and as a result, she is often surrounded by adults and/or children above her level.  I’m so interested to hear what activities and traditions you have for this holiday.  Do you do anything that your young children just adore?  Any favorite foods you serve?  Here is some of what I have planned for our long holiday weekend:

Strawberries and Cream Cake is one of favorite desserts that can have a patriotic twist and I typically make it this time of year.  Once you make it, you’ll be hooked and asked to serve it at every family function.

Ruby got a backyard splash park for her birthday and we’ve been itching to try it out.

Weather permitting, we love going for family hikes.  We need to break in our hiking backpack.

Last year, Ruby loved going to a firework show.  We covered her ears the whole time.  Hoping that trick works again this year.  And just because I can’t believe how much difference a year can make, here’s a little #tbt to last 4th of July.

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Stop growing!!!  I miss those baby rolls!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday, spent with those you love and if you’re here in the US, celebrating our freedom.  I certainly don’t take it for granted.

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