Mommy Style Monday: 4th of July

Monday, July 4, 2016

 


Happy 4th of July!


Growing up, the 4th rivaled Christmas as my favorite holiday.  I came from a fairly small town in Northern Utah that did the 4th right.  I'm talking PATRIOTISM in its finest.  Think of neighborhood BBQs alongside a full week of celebrating.  Think of a HUGE parade down the center of town, a parade in which half the town set up lawn chairs to reserve spaces days in advance.  A parade where the second half was devoted to a giant water fight, with both sides participating.  I recall one year as a participant in the parade (my one and only year as a cheerleader), getting an entire cooler of water dumped right over my head by two complete strangers.  If that's not a blast, I don't know what is!

And the fireworks!  Don't get me started.  Seriously, there were fireworks across the whole valley.  My family made a tradition of hiking up the mountain and watching the display, voting on which city had the best ones.

Once Brad and I moved to Northern California, I quickly learned that the 4th of July was not at the same level of fanfare I was used to.  The town parade left me feeling disappointed, and fireworks were kind of blah.  I was underwhelmed by the sense of patriotism and love of country.  At least we still had the BBQs, and that helped.  A little...

OK, so maybe this post is just me ranting about my disapproval of my current home's celebration of this important holiday.

The past few years though, I've enjoyed walking with my neighbors to our small, local parade and having a BBQ with a few friends.  That smaller celebration has been enjoyable, too.  And I've finally come to the conclusion, that I can set the tone in my little family.  We can hang our flag, wear our red, white, and blue, and enjoy our time together.  I can help my little ones appreciate how blessed we are to live in the good ol' U.S. of A., because we are so, so blessed.

Shirt, Similar Shorts, Sandals, Lipstick
You might already be on your way to your local parade by now, but in case you need any outfit inspiration, here you go!  The way I took my outfit a little above the normal 4th of July tradition of wearing the right colors, was adding in some red lipstick and gold saltwater sandals.

Some ladies and I are sharing what we're wearing for this great holiday, hosted by the fantastic ladies Madeline and Kiana (go visit their blogs if you'd like to participate the next round).  Please take a look if you'd like some more ideas on how to brighten your 4th of July outfit!

Kiana at Glitter & Donuts
Madeline at CaseyLand
Cait at Cait's Cozy Corner
Chelsea at Tessa Marie
Kelsi at Lovestrong
Jen at Jam Tart Boutique

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10 comments:

  1. You look so great! Whatever town you came from sounds amazing ha ha. That would be quite the adjustment to move somewhere else!

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    1. It really was a great hometown. I love where I live too! I just wish for more patriotism.

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  2. A full week of celebrating sounds like fun! I also love neighborhood BBQs :)

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  3. I seriously think you are the cutest! And that sounds like a super fun time celebrating!

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    1. Oh, thanks Kiana! I hope you had a happy 4th.

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  4. It's so nice to have such vivid memories of how your hometown celebrated the 4th. It sounds like they really put out all the stops!

    La Belle Sirene 

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    1. Yes, they do! My dream is to take my family next year. But we still enjoyed our time together yesterday!

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  5. This makes me laugh because I was so surprised, too, when I moved away and July 4 wasn't **The Most Important and Celebrated Day. Of. The. Year.** The Kaysville parade and fireworks set a high bar for all of us so privileged as to grow up under its glory. :)

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    1. I know, it was such a disappointment! I'm so glad I'm not the only one who was like, "What?! You call this a 'parade?'" I love hearing from you, Katie!!

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