July 4th

July 8, 2013

Celebrating started the night before at a baseball game with fireworks. Ryan’s brother’s family flew into town from Las Vegas to help us celebrate. I think the only thing keeping them awake (after 6+ hours of traveling) were the fireworks and pretzels!

The morning of July 4th started with pancake sundaes (just made it up on a whim because sundaes are fitting for birthdays, right?). This is Gage’s plate — hence why all the blueberries are almost all gone.

Lots of sunshine and splashing at the pool for the afternoon. Little Beckam had a little too much fun — wore himself right out.

Stocking up on fireworks and a BBQ dinner. Baby could eat a whole watermelon himself. No really.

Popsicles and throwing “snap-its” to warm up before busting out the big-dog fireworks. Who would’ve thought the “flying-pig” would’ve had all of our kids in tears, bolting straight back to the house. CRAZY loud. Sparklers were more their speed.

A simple 4th with family — one of the best ways to celebrate our Nation and all that she gives us.

Happy Birthday ‘Merica!




  • Reply Ashley at Sincerely Miss Ash July 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Great picture’s.. It looks like all of you had an awesome time..

    Sincerely Miss Ash

  • Reply Brittany@ kitchen::candid July 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Love the firework photos! What settings did you use to capture them so clearly?! As always, in awe of your photography!

    • Reply missy July 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      These were taken on manual… high iso, i think 2500, f/1.8, fairly fast shutter, if I remember right?

  • Reply Anna @ Your Healthy Place July 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Looks like such a fun celebration! I love the in-the-moment sundae pancake creation. Why not, on a holiday? The kids look like they had such a blast; so great that Gage and Beckam have so many cousins to play with!

  • Reply Kim July 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Looks like such a fun day! Where is your t-shirt from? Thx

  • Reply Krista July 8, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Your family is beautiful and so are you! Thanks for sharing your special moments and creativity with us!
    PS Love your t-shirt! Where is is from?

    • Reply missy July 9, 2013 at 2:52 am

      It’s from Old Navy – names all states to create the flag.

  • Reply Wendy July 9, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Great photos. Looks like a nice family day!

  • Reply NIcki July 9, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Always so sweet! Are the glasses the orange juice is in mason jars? I’ve not seen that shape. Where are they from? Thanks

  • Reply Brandi Hughes July 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your blog!!! I have been following for a little over year, but I’m a teacher (off in the summers) so I have had more time lately to catch up! I just made your basic crepes and they were amazing! I didn’t have chocolate chips in my house, which could be a sin… :) But I used Greek yogurt with the berries and it was yummo!

    Keep up the good work! Again, AMAZING BLOG!!!

  • Reply Shalee July 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Pretzel recipe please!

  • Reply courtstar @ star systemz July 10, 2013 at 12:10 am

    What an amazing fourth of July you guys had! The sparklers are my favorite and that glass bottled coke looks amazing I am going to assume its Mexican coke (the best) thanks for sharing Love + Shine Courtstar

  • Reply Natalie July 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I spied an awesome bag… the one with the stripes. Maybe a back pack? Did you get it this year? Would love to know!

    • Reply missy July 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      haha! you’re too funny! yes, stripes… go figure my obsession with stripes continues. it’s new from target (feed collection).

  • Reply Allison Harder July 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I love your dining room table…would you mind sharing (if possible) where you got it/brand? thanks!!

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