Hey Friends Hey! Here we are, post-Fourth of July. As I was trying to be intentional with my family time yesterday, I realized how much I had gotten lost in this DIY blogging world. It’s all I sleep, eat and breath lately. Everything I do here and on social media is to gain even the smallest morsel of traction for my blogging business. (which isn’t entirely all bad, but the hustle is real yall!) So today I wanted to take you into our real life and give you a little Fourth of July rundown of how we spent the holiday, m’kay!
Our Fourth of July Shenanigans
For those who are new around here…and there are so many of you these days 😚, my name is Shea. Besides being known as farmhouse DIY extraordinaire I’m also known as Mommy. My husband Chris and I have two little cutie pies, our three-year-old is Aspen and our almost nine-month-old is Weston. My why for running this blog is all them, but that’s a conversation for another day. For the Fourth, we put the drills and paint brushes down and spent the day doing family stuff!
Let me let you in on a little secret, since I’m a big ol’ anxiety-filled introvert, I HATE the lake and rivers on holidays. There’s no way I would relax at these popular Fourth destinations. And these are the go-to spots in our little town. We are lucky enough to be close to both a large lake and two rivers. So, in typical me fashion, I planned some fun things around our house to celebrate America’s birthday.
The Stars (cookies) and Stripes
Ok, blame it on my summer love of cooking shows like Chopped and Britan’s Next Great Baker, Aspen has an obsession with baking. She loves to grab her “climber” step-stool and get up to help me out whenever I am in the kitchen. So I thought it would be fun to dive right in and let her bake some festive cookies. She mixed the dough, rolled it out and cut out stars for our Fourth of July cookies. We baked them up and frosted them with royal icing. To make icing cookies fun and pretty with a three-year-old’s help, I wanted to do the flooded icing cookies. I whipped up a royal icing and outlined each star, then let her do the flooded color piping. Pipping, yes that was her word! And we also “had twenty minutes left in this baking challenge!” Apparently, I’m prepping her for competition on Chopped Junior.
We had so many fun cookies that we wanted to spread the love. We took them around to family and got a few visits in while we waited for the evening festivities.
I decided to go light on our Fourth menu this year, we grilled hot dogs and had a good old’ fashioned mustard only hot dog with chips. We had even more cookies, watermelon, and cake for dessert. Then headed outside to enjoy our back deck and a few fireworks. Wes was mesmerized by them and even Aspen, who was tramatized by the fireworks last year, was brave with her very own sparklers and poppers.
Besides those classics, Chris also bought some Snakes…apparently, these are a classic but I had never heard of them. I was a bit underwhelmed. They actually looked like burnt dog poop. 😂 So growing up were you a fan of snake firecrackers? Tell me I’m not the only one who had never heard of them.