Monday, June 29, 2009

Happy July 4th: FMM Style


Happy Monday!  As most Mondays, we get together in Bloggy land and celebrate Friend Makin' Monday.  Kasey began FMM a few months ago and has become a fun highlight of the week!  Go here to learn more about it.  This week, Shawn from SERIOUSLY! is hosting it.  And out topic???  Why of course...Independence Day!!!

Most in my family know that I love all things 4th of July- I love red, white, & blue.  I love getting together with family.  I love 4th of July BBQ's.  I love the fireworks shows (I always get teary-eyed!).  And I love the camaraderie of the country coming together to celebrate it's birth.

This week Shawn asked us to share our Independence Day fun:

What are you doing this July 4th?

   Independence Day is always spent with friends & family.  For many years, we got together with family and spent time at the lake: boating, eating, fireworks, & fun.  The past couple of years, we have done a few different things:  travel to St. Louis to visit Aunt Ginger, attend family camp at Cascades Camp in Washington where my sweet brother, Chris, worked for many years, and celebrate with dear friends in our new home.  This year, we plan on going out to the lake again with family.  Grandma & PaPa, brothers, and niece & nephew will be joining us for boating, games, eating, and fun!!  Ian's first Independence Day!!

What is your favorite dish to pass when attending a 4th of July BBQ?

For years, I have made a 4th of July jello trifle with strawberry and blue raspberry jello, fresh strawberries, whipped cream and pound cake.  It was light and fluffy and delicious.  But I think I ODed everyone on it. No one asks for it anymore.....

Do you have any 4th of July traditions?

I think I mentioned this before- just spending good time with family.  My favorite place to be is on the lake, so I am excited to be going there this year!!

Share your favorite Independence Day photos.  

What?  Me share pics?  Ok, I guess.  But it is going to be hard to pick just ONE!!

This is BK (before kiddos) at my Aunt's lakehouse for July 4th fun- I'm the one in the middle with sunglasses on and no hair - we had spent the day on the lake and wanted a goofy picture.  I love that my Aunt (blonde in front) has a "yup, I'm related to this crazy family" look on her face!

And here are my favorites of the kiddos:

Last year, Morganne & her friend, ChellBell entered the neighborhood 4th of July parade and won 1st place for their "Little Miss Independence" float.  So cute!!

And lastly, a little Independence Day quiz for us:

1. How many stars are on the American Flag?  50

2. What do they stand for?  The fifty states of America

3. How many stripes are on the flag?  13

4. What do they stand for?  The original 13 colonies that formed America

5. How many stripes are red? 7

6. The first stripe is what color? red

7. Who sewed the American Flag?  Betsy Ross- but I have heard that is folklore.....

******50 States Challenge Update!!******

We are only one week into our challenge to collect as many postcards from the states as possible and we have received 2 cards in the mail already!!!

We really need help in the eastern states- New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Maine...anyone have friends there that can help us out??

If you are interested in helping my sweet kiddos collect postcards from all 50 states, please go here to learn more about it. And to those of you who have sent cards or are planning to, Thank you!!!


Lins said...

Those are some fantastic pictures, my dear! Thanks for sharing your traditions with us! I didn't know I wasn't already "following" consider me your newest follower!

Happy FMM!

Sugarplum Creations Blog said...

Ohhhh, I'm lovin' those pictures! Sounds like you have some lovely traditions!

Anonymous said...

hehe loved the BK picture!! We also spend the 4th at a lake. We might not this year since my parents are getting ready for a big family reunion next week!

oo your cake sounds delicious!! You can make some for me ;-)

Shawn said...

Ahhh I always wanted a family that got together at a lake house! Have so much fun and be safe!


P.S. I bought cards yesterday and will be mailing them today.

Amber Filkins said...

Ooh oooh, pick me!! I want you to share that dessert with me! It'd be new to me! :)

Sounds like such a great time to hang out at the lake for the 4th.

Those pictures are adorable! Love em.

Jolanthe said...

family time is a definite 'must have' for the 4th! :)

Happy FMM!

Alli said...

I love all of the pics! And I can't wait to see the ones you take this weekend on the lake.

Happy 4th!

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

I will happily take your dessert recipe off of your hands. :)

I love love love the expression on your Aunt's face. Priceless. Great pix.

lsnellings said...

Love your pictures!

You and I have the exact same answers for all of the trivia questions! I guess that means we are smarter than fifth graders!

Happy FMM!

Sugarplum Garters said...

Your dessert sounds delicious! I can't believe no one asks for it anymore!

And I LOVE the expression on your aunt's face in the first picture. Too hilarious!

Happy Monday!

Jessica said...

Super cute pictures! Sounds like we have similar traditions! Happy early 4th!

Jen said...

I love those hats on the kids! Have a great 4th!

Anonymous said...

Vermont? Didn't Aunt Meghan send one from Vermont?

Christie in Dallas, TX said...

I love how you go all out for July 4th! Have a great celebration at the lake! Kisses to little Ian -- missing him already!

Anonymous said...

Love your pictures. I think that jello triffle sounds really good. I actually haven't ever had it.

Love your blog.

Do you need a postcard from Massachusetts?

Xazmin said...

I want some patriotic jello! Love all the pictures...we love to do the Old Navy shirts!

Also...when I gave my son the quiz he got them all right off, then he ruined it by saying the flag was made by Betty Crocker!

Erin said...

Looks like your 4th of Julys are a lot of fun! Those hats are crazy and I want to make some with my daughter and cousins!

shortmama said...

Sounds like great fun! Love all the pics! Would be happy to send you an AZ postcard if you would like

Connie said...

Great Pictures! I wish we had family or a lake to visit.

Miller Racing Family said...

I love all the fourth of July traditions. The group family picture is so funny. I also love the the photos of the kiddos. I hope that you guys have a great fourth.
This year we will be in Colorado for the fourth. So I am hoping to watch the fireworks in the mountains.
Have a great day!

Jen @ said...

Hi Becca!
Cute pictures. It sounds like you are going to have a wonderful 4th of July with your family!

I loved the picture of the float. Our little community has a parade and my kids love being in it. So fun!


Melinda said...

I'm new to FMM, but really enjoyed your Independence Day get-to-know-you stuff! Would love to give that trifle a try! Feel free to visit me over at

jennykate77 said...

Man, you have Ca-UTE kiddos!! I love all of the pics. Looks like you guys know how to have a good time over the 4th! It's one of my FAV holidays!

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