Our Little Firecracker

Fourth of July in Nick's hometown is one holiday we make as often as we possibly can. It's a good time of old-fashioned, small-town events: imagine Steel Magnolias meets the rodeo (and everyone knows Steel Magnolias is my very favorite movie of all time). After missing the week-long celebration the past couple years, we finally made the trip over the mountains this year and introduced Sophia to the Stars and Stripes, western-style. Not only was it the first year our girl became captive audience to the big fireworks display, but we got to spend the week with a house full of family and friends.

Cousins are some of the best buds.
She wants to do everything like her big cousin.

Old friends' kids make fun new friends. Photo by Nada Overton.

Love bugs
Photo by Sarah Wilson.

Photo by Nada Overton.

The next generation

Mommin' it up

Independence Day Parade

Photo by Sarah Wilson.
Buds for life
Hey, good-lookin's!
Hot stuff on a hot day
She loved the bounce house and slide.

Daddy's girl all day long.
Two of the greatest gifts.

All the sparkles. Photo by Sarah Wilson.
Photo by Sarah Wilson
Such fun! Photo by Sarah Wilson.
Photo by Sarah Wilson.
Sophia dancing with Uncle Luke and cousin Pax. Photo by Sarah Wilson.

Photo by Sarah Wilson.
In addition to just being a fantastically fun time, we were reunited with several really great friends and met one of the kiddos for the first time. I'm sad we didn't get pictures with everyone, but the moments will live on in our memories.

I have a lot of other recent adventures to share, and I'll try to get those photos loaded and sorted in the soon. My goal is to get this blog caught up by the end of the summer. In the meantime, enjoy the summer sun and happy trails!

P.S. I CANNOT get the photos on this post to align correctly this evening, and I give up. I'm too tired to deal with it, so please forgive the irritating orientation of several images above.