Wednesday, July 3, 2013


My 2nd favorite holiday is almost here! Well, 2nd...tied with Valentine's Day!

My top 3 favorite holidays:

1. Halloween
2. Valentine's Day tied with 4th of July
3. Christmas

There's something about the fireworks (fire!), beer, parades, grillin', watermelon, ice cream and red white and blue spirit of patriotism. Love it.

I always associate the 4th of July with Nebraska. My grandparents lived in Seward, NE officially dubbed "The Fourth of July City." The fourth celebrations were epic--the whole town celebrated! My grandfather was in a band and I remember going to see him play all the patriotic songs that day. Here's some pics from my last visit to Seward in 2008:

My Grandfather's band, The Clefs
Grandpa Fred
My Fam, all decked out :)
Me, my mom and my sister


This year, we are headed to Nebraska again, but to spend some time with my friend Pam and her family. We are going TANKING! Never heard of it? Here's the rundown: you float down the river in a tank. You drink beer. That's it.

The view from the tank

Yup, that's a tank. Man, I was TAN that year.

Yesterday, to prepare for this grand Nebraska adventure, my friend Rachel gave me a festive pedicure. Don't mind my ugly feet :)

Blue and sparkles!

She and her husband recently got a new bunny. I had to head over to their house to meet this baybay, Annie.

Miss Annabelle. Such a softie!

This morning, I had a power breakfast and we are frantically packing up our stuff (and the puppies) to hit the road!

Before I go, I want to leave you with some of my favorite cookout recipe posts:

Corn Avocado and Tomato Salad with Lime Dressing
Toasted Coconut Cake in a Jar
5-Layer Mediterranean Dip
Mini Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecakes

Have a safe and happy 4th of July everyone! Hope your holiday if full of noms, firework loveliness and good times!

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