The weather yesterday for the annual 4th of July parade couldn't have been any more perfect. While it still seemed hot after sitting out in the sun for awhile, the temps were only in the high 70s at parade time! Last year, they were closer to 100!
As always, there were lots of flags and photographers. . .
and eager kiddos waiting . . .
for the parade entries to toss out candy as they went by so . . .
they could dash out and scoop up as many pieces as possible!!
One of our favorite entries is this vintage fire truck. . .that later comes to the picnic to give us rides!!
The youngest Grand Boy didn't want to keep his hat on! :)
After the parade, we headed to a nearby park for fun and food!
The kiddos entertained themselves with a little rock climbing or . . . .
or horse shoe pitching. . .
or hula hooping!!
My favorite parts of this part of July 4th are. . .the amazing food and . . .
visiting with family and friends. . .many that I only see this one time of the year. . . and . . .
taking a ride on that vintage fire truck!!
THE STONE RABBIT loves his perch on the old fireplace mantel and surround we have in our entry.
He helped me string the amazing banner pieces the Circle Journal Ladies made . . .well, he and Twiggy did. (I will share the details of the banner on a future post!)
He also pointed out that I need to remove the white clip on the left side of the mantel. . .a Christmas left over! :)
I hope you had a safe and happy Independence Day Celebration.
I also hope you will be sure to visit Beverly at HOW SWEET THE SOUND. You will find a lot of other bloggers waiting to share their PINKS or Holiday Celebrations!
We have a long time tradition of attending a local parade on July 4th morning.
We took our kids to the parade when they were little and now we are lucky enough that our grand kiddos live near by and they get to attend, too!
Following the parade, we head off to a local park with family and friends and enjoy some of the best food ever known to mankind!! Seriously, there is NOTHING in this world that tastes as good as a grilled hot dog on the 4th of July!!
Remember the vintage firetruck in a previous photo? Well, it is owned by one of our friends. Not only does he drive it in the parade, he brings it to the picnic and gives us rides !!!
It's just the perfect touch to our small town celebration .
THE STONE RABBIT and I hope that you have a safe and happy July 4th celebration. . .filled with the blessings of family and friends. . . and some yummy food!!! :)
Please visit our hostess, Beverly, of HOW SWEET THE SOUND! There you will find lots of bloggers who are ready to share their celebrations and/or PINKS with you this weekend!!
Our tradition of attending the annual Fourth of July Parade in Sugar Creek, MO, continued this year . . . but MAN. . .it was a HOT one!!!
Umbrellas, sun screen and lots and lots of water were in order for sure!
As you can tell, I brought my patriotic beach umbrella this year and I was really glad I did as it provided a much bigger amount of shade.
The parade had tons of wonderful enteries and, as you can see. . .
the Grand Girl enjoyed waving at some of them.
This was the entry from Jacob Turk, who is running for the House of Representatives from the 5th District. He will have my vote again this year.
Grand Boy #1 enjoyed a lollipop while watching the parade.
He loves firetrucks. . . and this one in particular as it is owned and driven by a friend of ours.
The Grand Girl and Boy, along with their buddy, are becoming old pros at picking up candy thrown out by the various parade entries!
As I said, it was a real scorcher this year, so our son spent a lot of his time keeping Grand Boy #2 safely out of the sun. He slept through most of his first 4th of July parade. :)
Speaking of parade candy. . .our DIL (on the right) and her friend, were really happy to snag a box of DOTS!!
Following the parade, we head to a local park to have a wonderful picnic. Toasting the 4th with good friends has become a tradtion, too.
Following our meal, we were treated to a ride on the vintage firetruck!!
Our friend has made wooden steps so we can get on easier. . .much better than when we used to have to scale the sides!! He also has wooden benches for us to sit on!
The Grand Girl had a great spot!! Her dad, 3 year old brother and Nana were on a wooden bench in the back! :) Her Mom stayed back at the park with her baby brother this year, as did her grand dad.
Later, the owner of the truck was presented with a plaque and a little cash prize for winning 2nd place in the parade entries!!! Congrats!!!!
Because it was sooooo hot, we all left the picnic early this year. . .right after we got our annual group shot of everyone who attended the picnic. However, just before we gathered for that picture, I was holding a sleeping Grand Boy #2. . .and couldn't resist photographing his amazing little tootsies. He's 6 months old right now. Next July 4th, he will be toddling around . . .this year he was content to be passed around so others could cuddle and hug him or to let his big sister and brother push him around in his little umbrella stroller.
Even though it was beastly hot, it was a great holdiay. . .spent with good friends and wonderful family. I still can't believe it's already been here and gone!!
Our neighbor gave us this cute little woodend flag. . .THE STONE RABBIT really loves it.
While I was watering this morning, I saw this little clover plant. I couldn't help myself. . .I had to snatch it up and search for one with four leaves. I remember my sister and I would spend hours crawling around our yard at home when we were young. . .on the look out for four leafed clovers.
Such simple summer times.
Later today I return to my doctor to see how my hand is healing. . . with a little bit of luck, I might get to shed this splint!
I hope you all had a great Independence Day, too!
Please visit our hostess Beverly of HOW SWEET THE SOUND. You'll find a very long list of other bloggers who are sharing their July 4th memories or some PINKS!!!
THE STONE RABBIT and I are gathering some of the items we're gonna need on The Fourth! We have the awesome umbrella Bonnie gave to me. . .so I can watch the parade without getting a sunburn!! I also found some sparklers and punks I got FREE last year with a coupon.
Finally, I'm pulling out my stash of flags to decorate around the house and to wave in honor of this important day!
I wish all of you a great day of celebrating with friends and family. . . enjoying fun stuff like parades and picnics and fireworks displays. . . but we must also remember what the day truly means to us as citizens of the greatest country on earth.
If it hadn't been for our brave forefathers, who gave everything to fight for our independence . . . we'd not be having such a day to celebrate. We certainly must honor them along with our past and present military personnel who have continued to serve and protect our country and our precious liberties.
Have a great Independence Day.
Thanks continue to be given to Beverly of HOW SWEET THE SOUND. . .because without her, we would not have this wonderful Pink Saturday event where we gather weekly to celebrate PINKS. . .and special times. . . like Independence Day!
So, was it hot on July 4th in your part of the country? Was it hot and SUNNY and humid?
It was where we were . . . . .watching the annual SUGAR CREEK (Missouri) 4th of JULY PARADE!
Most of us tried to stay beneath the shelter of our umbrellas! Here I am with my girl. . . sharing the shade of my patriotic cover.
This is Bonnie. . . with her patriotic umbrella. I had always wanted one of my own. . . .and she gave me one last year for my birthday!!! This was the first 4th of many, many more to enjoy its shade and colorful look!!!
New to the parade was Ruth and her little boy!!! He looked like a real cutie in his cowboy hat! While Ruth didn't have a patriotic umbrella (yet!) she did have. . . . .
Patriotic Toes!! So cute!!
There's my DIL, standing up with her umbrella.
I think she needs a patriotic umbrella, too, don't you?
However, she is carrying a precious "new addition" who will be with us next year for the parade!!! :-) Yay! Another little "Yankee Doodle Dandy" is on the way!!!!
Just a shot of the area where we always sit for the parade. . . I'm sweating just looking at these photos! It was soooooo hot on all of that concrete!
However, the heat of the pavement didn't slow those kiddos down from going after the TONS of candy tossed out to them from the entries in the parade!!
Well, last night, it was still brutally hot in our neighborhood. . . . and terribly humid. I hadn't gotten out to jog in a week and knew if I didn't, I'd really have a hard time keeping the gains I've made in "running".
I'd been hydrating all day, so I waited til the sun was nearly down, then grabbed my little water bottle, my iPhone with the running application and my visor. . . which serves more as a sweat band than eye protector when it's nearly dark!
Oh my. . . it was a miserable run. Even with the visor in place to catch the sweat, it still ran into my eyes! Ouch!
The pavement was soooooo hot from several days of sun absorbtion. . . the heat just radiated out of it!
I pushed myself to finish my 5K (3.1 miles) run, but I didn't try to break any speed records (I'm slow, even at my fastest!). . . I just wanted to go the distance. . . and I did.
While on my jog around our sub-division, I saw lots of fireworks debris left in certain areas from the nights of the 3rd and the 4th. I could see/hear it both nights. . . going on until late each evening, but wasn't sure who the pyrotechnic wanna-bes were. Anyway, it looked awful and I hope the folks responsible clean it up.
However, as I was at my tiredest on the run, I heard the "pyros" start to crank up the explosives again and decided I could "jog" a little faster and get myself home before I got caught up in their fun! So, maybe the fireworks turned out to be a motivator!
When I turned the corner and headed to our home, I saw THE STONE RABBIT waiting for me.
He told me he and his rabbit buddies had really enjoyed lighting sparklers during the 4th.
He also said he'd saved one just to light for me. . . to celebrate me finishing my jogging goal for the evening. . . . and because he knew I really loved watching beautiful sparklers, too!
For YEARS, our family tradition has been to attend this small town parade, followed by a gathering with friends and family for an afternoon of dining, visiting, playing.......and just appreciating Independence Day in the USA!!!!
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"God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her,
and guide her,
Thru the night
with a light
From the mountains,
to the prairies,
To the oceans,
white with foam.
God bless America,
My home sweet home.
God bless America,
My home sweet home.
Blessings go out to you and yours this Independence Day!
Don't forget to visit Beverly of HOW SWEET THE SOUND. There you will find many bloggers with PINKS to share during this time of "Red, White and Blue"!!
This last week and a half has been filled to the brim!!! It started on the Friday evening of Labor Day Weekend when we attended the Irish Festival held at Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Everything is GREEN for the celebration. . . .even the fountains!
The Irish Fest is an annual event and is PACKED with those who are Irish, part Irish, a tad Irish, wanna-be Irish and those who are "no part, nor do they wish to be Irish, but it's just a fun place to be" kinda folks!!!
There are bag pipers and . . . .
dancers and singers and exhibits and food and Irish merchandise and lots and lots of beer!!
In fact, the BOULEVARD STAGE you see below is sponsored by our very own Kansas City Boulevard Brewery!! They make some of the finest beer around.
If you look beyond the Boulevard stage you will see Grand Street as it goes North, beyond Crown Center and toward downtown Kansas City. That street is the one I will be running on, for about one mile of the 3.1 mile course, come the middle of October when I participate (I hope) in the WADDELL-REED MARATHON. . . the 5K part of the event.
Do you see how that street is really a HILL? OMG. . . I know I'm not ready for that!!! I hope I can get ready over the next month!!! Gulp!
I think I may be biting off more than I can chew. Gulp. Gulp.
Moving on. . . . .the following day, we attended the first birthday party of an incredibly precious great niece!!!
Over Labor Day Weekend, I was also checking on my friend Patty's cat while they were out of town. This is the one and only time I saw "Lucky" during the three visits I made to their house.
On that day, he thought he would outsmart me and hide under their sofa, but I surprised him!!! I think he was really surprised when I lifted the skirt on the sofa and took this photo. . . with the flash!! I tried to bribe him with a little treat, but you can see, he wasn't interested in small talk. :)
Here I am the next morning after I completed Week 6, Day 3 of COUCH TO 5K. . . I had just jogged 25 minutes STRAIGHT!!! I was sweating like a pig. . . but it was a good sweat!! I never thought I could do that!!
That afternoon, my daughter-in-law brought the grand-kiddos over for us to watch over night!! In this picture, the grand girl was on the patio drawing with sidewalk chalk and blowing bubbles using her stockpile of bubble bottles at Nana's House. The little grand boy was content to watch her from inside. . . occasionally tapping on the window to tell her "hi"!!
While the kids were playing, THE STONE RABBIT was taking a little nap. The activity levels of the little ones do wear him out!!! :)
When my DIL came back the next day, and was in charge of watching the baby and fixing our lunch :), I started making a proto-type of the grand girl's Halloween costume. She wants to be ANNIE!!! How PERFECT will that be with her sweet red curls!
I had found a vintage dress pattern at a flea market sale and adapted it to look ANNIE-ISH. I had placed some white scraps at the waist, a sleeve and the neck area to see if that would put the ANNIE touch to it. While the prototype was wine with little white stars imprinted on it, the real dress will be bright red. I'm holding the ANNIE fabric in this photo to show her that her real ANNIE dress will NOT have stars on it. :)
Last weekend Kansas City was buzzing with excitement. Our Kansas City Chiefs Football Team would finally make a Monday night football appearance!!! They were playing the San Diego Chargers. . . here at Arrowhead Stadium in KC. The game didn't start until around 9:30 that night!!! During the game, we had a tremendous rainstorm!!! Amazingly, the Chiefs hung in there and WON!!! They have had some very bad seasons over the last few years!!! I have already decided that if they win one of the next three games, I will invest in a new Chiefs T-shirt or sweatshirt. That's not too much to ask of them! ;)
I am a bit out of sequence. The game was Monday night, the newspaper was from Tuesday morning. HOWEVER, on Monday morning, I received a phone call from Community America Bank, which has a little branch inside our local HY-VEE store......telling me I had WON the Chief's Tailgate gift card drawing for this week!! OMG....do you realize I am one of the most UNLUCKY folks in the world when it comes to winning drawings...or anything!!!
I was giddy with excitement. . . it's worth $50.00!!
On Tuesday morning, I completed Week 7 of the COUCH TO 5K program. That means I jogged 25 minutes straight on three different days!!! There was at least one day between the running days. . . this old body could use more than one or two days rest, but I'm on a schedule!!!!
The days were all very, very hard for me. By the last five minutes of each time out I was cursing inwardly the day I had decided I would do this. I was begging for jogging mercy. I didn't quit, however, because, even though my little tootsies were not going fast by the end of each run, they were still going. . . jogging. . . not walking. . . .and when I hit that 25 minute mark and could stop. . . .I was the happiest granny around!!! What an accomplishment for ME.
While incredibly hard for me to complete, I did notice by the end of Week 7, I wasn't quite as "wobbly" at the end of the 25 minute run as I was on the first day I did it. I have to think that is was "building up your endurance" is all about!! Baby steps.
Sadly, I think, after studying this photo, that jogging makes my wrinkles appear deeper and my left eye droop is more noticeable! Hmmmm. . . . the sacrifices we "athletes" make!! :-) BIG belly laugh!!!!
When I look at this hurdle that waits for me. . . this hill from H _ _ _ , I have to question my sanity. At this point, I haven't practiced HILLS!!!! I'm barely able to jog on fairly flat surfaces for 25 minutes and still manage to inhale and exhale without keeling over. I still have to build up to jogging 3.1 miles within a reasonable timeframe. I'm a long way off from all of that.
S L O W L Y I N H A L E. . . . .
OK, so for now, I will just not think about what I have to do over the next month. . . I will focus on what I have done over the last two months. I have gone from barely being able to jog 90 seconds, to jogging 25 minutes. That's pretty great for this elder chick!
That brings you up to today. . . Wednesday.
Bonnie (L) and I (middle) are getting ready for our 4Th annual tag sale!!
Below we are pictured with Patty at our sale last year. Patty jumped in and helped us out (once again) so much. . . we wouldn't have been ready without her! We are posing in our Cracker Barrel shirts. . . we have NEW ones for this year!!
Last year, we set up four tents and hauled in corn stalks and pumpkins along with our "treasures". It was exhausting!!
This year, it will be set up in Bonnie's garage. . . with a couple of tents out front. We are nixing the extensive fall decorating. . . opting for a simpler, saner sale!!
Heck, nothing is simple and sane for us...what am I talking about? :)
Over the next week, we will spend hours hauling all of the stuff to her garage that it takes to pull off our tag sale!! Tables, chairs, tents, treasures, signs. . . oh, and food to serve to the folks who come on the "pre-sale" night! Yes, we turn it into a regular party!! See, I said we don't do anything in a simple and sane way. However, we have a whole bunch of fun and that's what it is all about!
The Chiefs have an "away" game this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. We will have to take some time off to enjoy the game. . . my mouth is already watering thinking about the yummy stuff the gift card win will buy for our own mini-tailgate party that we will hold HERE!!