Fourth of July Festivities

We were pretty bummed that the forecast called for a tropical storm on the Fourth (the “we” really means me, the holiday-obsessed in the family).  It was pretty much a definite that the weather was going to be a bust, so of course, all the fireworks in our city were cancelled along with our neighborhood kids parade.
No fun.

On the upside, I stocked up the best way I know how, I bought all the themed-out food I could think of, plus some festive balloons to make some sort of attempt to replace a good beach day.  Friday morning, we had a red, white & blue breakfast for three. 🙂  The muffins were amazing, the recipe was from the link-up we recently did & I can’t wait to share later this week.

The balloons were a major hit with Waverly Maye, she has definitely seen them before but thought watching us actually blow them up was just the coolest thing ever.  My husband had the bright idea to bring in the air compressor from the garage (he always steals the show), & Waverly could not get enough!  She kept shouting “happy balloon day!”, kicking them, & watching them fly through the air.  It was so incredibly cute, I can’t wait to do it again on her birthday in a few weeks!

Thankfully the rain stopped (& honestly was no where near what they predicted), so we were able to go outside & then to cookout with some family.  We ended the evening with smores & sparklers, which was an unexpected surprise since we were all convinced the weather wasn’t going to let us do any of that. 🙂

AND the next day, the weather was beautiful & we got to do it all over again!  We finally got our kids parade, our beach day, & then cooked out with my side of the family.  It actually ended up being perfect, with such a big family we always find it hard to fit everything in so this time, we were able to see everyone we wanted to & celebrate more than ever.  It almost made me wish for a tropical storm each year.
Of course, we did go see the fireworks that night but after two days of festivities, Waverly officially decided that she was over it (like literally as they began).  So there we were, my husband & I (riding bikes pulling Waverly in the trailer), the only two people in Virginia Beach riding away from the fireworks display after we had traveled all the way down there the hour before.  We kept turning our heads to get a quick glimpse, it was one of those moments you realize you are definitely parents & oh how life has changed. 😉
We hope you all had the best holiday weekend!


  1. July 7, 2014 / 12:54 pm

    Awe so glad everything worked out perfect for y'all! My son fell asleep right when our fireworks started, life as a parent for sure! Obsessing over Waverly's festive outfits too 🙂

  2. July 7, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    Sounds like your wknd was still great. I'm so not the holiday person. Love all W outfits for July 4th!

  3. July 7, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    So glad you guys made the best of your weekend despite the changes. We had a pretty good weekend, I'm going to post about it soon 🙂

  4. Anonymous
    July 7, 2014 / 2:04 pm

    I love a good thunderstorm– just not on a holiday weekend 🙂 it turned out great!!

  5. July 7, 2014 / 2:17 pm

    Waverly's outfit is beyond adorable! So sweet.

  6. July 7, 2014 / 2:19 pm

    so glad you were able to have a wonderful 4th anyway! I love her little overalls…so precious!

  7. July 7, 2014 / 2:21 pm

    First of all I loooooove your new blog design!! So so cute!! And heck yes for the storm not being as bad so you guys could still get outside and enjoy the weekend!! Yay!!

  8. July 7, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    Yeah the weather was beautiful on Saturday and Sunday. I think a lot of people on the east coast just moved their BBQ from Friday to Saturday :). I think balloons make any holiday fun for toddlers!

  9. July 7, 2014 / 2:54 pm

    You sure made the best of your weekend…and looks like you all had a great time. Love Waverly's reaction to the balloons. 🙂

  10. July 7, 2014 / 4:54 pm

    Sounds like you weekend turned out to be amazing! Liam would have been on balloon heaven! He didn't make it for fireworks either, so I watched them from the deck at my parents lake house while he slept soundly.

  11. July 7, 2014 / 6:51 pm

    Adorable pictures, looks like a wonderful weekend!! 🙂

  12. July 7, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    I was looking forward to your fourth of July post! You always do the cutest activities!! xoxo

  13. July 7, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    So glad to hear things worked out well, and the tropical storm didn't ruin the holiday!

  14. July 8, 2014 / 12:50 am

    Looks like you made the most of your weekend, how great that the weather wasn't terrible the whole time! Love all the balloons, that's a fun activity!

  15. July 8, 2014 / 3:02 am

    Happy Balloon Day–I love it!!!! So glad y'all got to enjoy your 4th outside…and I totally get the "we are definitely parents" feeling. It's not always glamorous, but it's worth it! 🙂

  16. July 8, 2014 / 3:30 am

    What a fun weekend! So glad that tropical storm didn't put a damper on the fun and you got to celebrate twice as much! I'm planning on doing something similar with balloons for Mason for his birthday and seeing her face so happy about them makes me even more excited!

  17. July 8, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    Y'all had so much fun it seems despite the rain! Fabulous times!

  18. July 8, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    Seriously, could W be any cuter? Love the bibs. And balloons are the BEST! Sounds like a fun weekend, even if it didn't go according to plan.

  19. July 8, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    Love love love your farmhouse dining table, the pallet walls, and both of Waverly's patriotic outfits! OMG Kaitlyn would go nuts with all those balloons! I think Dad's have the real "fun" gene, because J always thinks of the best fun stuff for K too. And the balloon pics are precious! Don't feel too bad about the fireworks. Ours were viewed in the car driving home on the freeway because of bedtime. I think all parents have been there done that. 🙂

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

  20. July 9, 2014 / 12:13 am

    Glad the tropical storm didn't ruin your 4th – looks like you all had a great time! Love the new layout, by the way!

  21. July 10, 2014 / 4:01 pm

    Sweet family! Glad you guys had a great weekend! :O)

  22. July 11, 2014 / 3:35 am

    Yes, we had the forecast of rain and thunder and got just a little sprinkle in the end, so it worked out great! Too bad Waverly wasn't into staying for the fireworks, definitely a parent thing. I was worried we'd have to do the same with Aria but she ended up loving them! Sounds like a great fourth even with the threat of bad weather tossing off fireworks! What is that pink drink at the start?

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