A Real Nice Little 4th

We had a lovely holiday.
And I sincerely hope you did too.
For some reason I just can't seem to get here, on this blog.  But nevertheless, I am here! Bear with me as this is not my finest post.


I awoke on Independence Day morn with visions of blueberry muffins and freshly cut grass.

Recipe here by Meg from Whatever. I skipped the streusal topping but think the muffin part is fabulous. This will be my go-to blueberry muffin recipe forever and ever, amen. All the ingredients are kitchen staples, nothing weird like lemon zest. The whole family loved em.

I'm thankful for FREEEEEEDDDDOOOOOMMMM!!!!!!!
And for a mowed yard.
And for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!

And I'm thankful for my sister's pool. Seriously, what would we have done on the 4th of July without it?! Our children's ages are slightly limiting to say the least. It was so perfect to have a small, chlorinated body of water to swim in.

Laurie Betty sported her bathing suit for the very first time.

She showed out with her heart tattoo {on her right arm}. Technically it is a strawberry hemangioma, an excellent conversation piece --- sorta like a birthmark, painless, and will likely go away sometime between ages 4-7. We have grown quite fond of it.

Sharp turn from hemangiomas to food.

I was born for hotdogs. This meal is so all-American. My sister and I have served this up for the past two holidays {Memorial Day and the Forth of July}. It is sort of an ideal situation, these hotdogs. Easy, cheap, good, little preparation. Sign me up.

Pair your dog with corn on the cob and you are good - to - go.

 picture source here

Also part of our holiday feast...Nell's Caviar.

And Joy's Chocolate Pie.
And watermelon, of course.

Silly Millie was there.

And Silly Stephen.

And Silly Laurie.

Oh y'all. I just don't have anymore blog energy in me today.
My laundry is calling me name. Sarah Barry, Sarah Barry, Sarah Barry. Fold me.
Hope to be back soon.


  1. I want you to know that I thought this post was hee-larious.

  2. fantastic photos. Looks like a great fourth. Laurie Betty is so darling in her swimsuit, and SS eating the watermelon is just priceless.

  3. GREAT post! I too love the picture of SS eating the watermelon. Laurie Betty is growing up so fast!

  4. What a fun Independence Day celebration! There's not much that screams "summertime" to me than corn on the cob and watermelon. Love it. Fabulous pictures!


    PS--I hope your laundry quits haunting you sometime soon :)

  5. Wish I had a hot dog and roastin' ear right now. Our corn is not quite in yet.

    I just have to go on the record as saying I think lemon zest is wonderful. Perks things up. However, I do not put it in my blueberry muffins :)

  6. What a fun post. Thanks for keeping it real:)

  7. Hi, you don't know me but I am friends with Julie Johnston & was blog hopping from her blog...I just wanted to put my input in about my daughter's strawberry she had. It was on her thigh and it was beet red, large and raised up from the skin. Now she is 12 years old and it has been gone for years. If I look really hard I can see a very faint mark where it was. I know it is crazy but I wish I would have taken an actual picture of it...it was part of her baby days I wish I would have documented.

  8. I'd say you had yourself a lovely little Fourth of July! Oh, those babies are delicious... so are the food photos.

    Our own baby sissy has a cavernous hemangioma on her neck. It's a large collection of bulging blood vessels under the skin with a very small strawberry marking on the skin surface. We're hoping that it goes away on its own between ages of of 4 and 7, but if it gets bigger or becomes symptomatic (as they sometimes do) or if it doesn't go away, then we'll be making a trek to Children's Hospital for a little laser surgery. Right now I think her little strawberry kiss is rather endearing, the bulge... not quite so much, it's rather scary.


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