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4th of July Sparkle

This 4th would be different this year.
No husbands. No boyfriends, No kids.

Just middle aged moms enjoying time together.

Things that are important to these Moms:

  • food
  • giving our time to charity
  • friendships
  • church
  • cooking
  • food
  • talking and sharing with friends
  • celebrating
  • food
  • time with friends
  • exercise

We managed to fit all of this into our day….

The American Flag
Happy Birthday, America!

With this in mind, we made our plans for the day to celebrate America’s Birthday.

We made a lemon cake and a healthy spinach salad to take to our evening party. We licked the bowl of the cream cheese frosting….oh, and the beaters, too!

We took a short walk then headed over to my friends church’s firework stand where we gave our time to chat with others…I mean we spent our time selling fireworks!

We packed a picnic lunch and headed over to the Pleasanton’s 13th Annual Community Fourth of July Celebration.

We spent the next two hours being entertained by Uncle Sam, the Community band, a poem reading, drummers and a Civil War commemoration.

When was the last time you sang “America the Beautiful” or Star-Spangled Banner”?

or said the pledge of Allegiance?

Listening to the Young American Patriots Drum and Fife Corps made me think about my kids when they were young. Sissy leading her Junior High band as drum major. College Boy playing his trumpet. Ahhhhh memories!

vanilla and orange swirl ice cream cone
Happy Birthday America!

I convinced my girlfriends to indulge in an American favorite…ice cream! After all we were having a birthday celebration.

A trip back to Mrs A’s to pick up our food and then off to another friend’s 4th of July party.

Kids in the pool…don’t need to worry.
Kids on the jumping gym…don’t need to worry.
Fireworks…don’t need to worry.
Too much food….don’t need to worry.

Yep! When it is just you and your girlfriends you get to go to the celebration without worrying if your kids will drown in the pool, hurt themselves in the bounce house, burn themselves on fireworks or eat too much and get a tummy ache.

The only one eating too much this day is little ‘ole ME!

All we needed to worry about is visiting with friends and getting a piece of that lemon cake we made with love.

Yep…life isn’t too bad as an empty nest middle aged mom!

In memory of Mrs. T, I had one deviled egg.

Reminisce with me as I listen to the songs I so proudly sang in grade school…

The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Yankee Doodle…I always liked this song when I was young. I think there was some hand motions we made up to go with the song.

Do they sing these songs in school now…as much as we did?
Do our kids really understand how lucky we are to live in a free country and to call America home?


Of course 4th of July always includes fireworks! This year I tried to take some pictures with the help of a 6th grade girl who befriended me. She gave me advice like to turn the flash off. Her way of hinting that I needed to turn the flash off, “The light is hurting my retina!” Haa Haa “I told her I was an amateur.” She said, “Let me see your camera. I will play around with it so you can turn the flash off.” Well, I got the hint to turn the flash off (quite frankly I was so amazed with all the fireworks that I didn’t realize it was on. Woops!) She then preceded to tell me, “Keep clicking, keep clicking, keep clicking. Click fast!” Sooooo I did as any middle aged mom would do and listen to a preteen. I clicked and I clicked and I clicked and before you knew it the fireworks were over. Thanks to my new friend, I think I got some pretty good pictures of the fireworks. What do you think?

God Bless America! Happy Birthday!

wheel of an old car

Folsom Car Show | #187

I love, love, love old cars!
I get excited whenever I see one!

I stopped by the Foldom Car Show and captured these pictures through my camera’s eye…

old red car

Who doesn’t like to look at a red car!

inside antique car: money bag, rifle and violin box

Checkout the backseat of this car! I can just imagine what life was like back in the 30’s! Imagine having a run in with Bonnie and Clyde…

Antique car

1938 Olds…actually after Bonnie and Clyde’s era. They passed away in the early ’30’s.

an old orange car

White walls! Shiny rims! Orange! Let’s put on our saddle shoes and rock the night away. One o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock, rock…

an old yellow car

Lawry’s Garage….the boys had their cigarettes rolled up in their shirt sleeves. Grease on their face…Oh, wait! I think this car is older then the 50’s. What would the boys be doing when this car was around? hmmmm

wheel of an old car

Cool, cool, tires!

an old car

Detail…lots of detail…lots of metal…

steering wheel inside an old car

I love looking inside old cars.

radiator in an old car

A cooling system!

A toast to old cars.

I am grateful for the opportunity to look at old cars and for those who take the time and have the love to restore these unique memories of American history.

365 Day Project: Gratitude Bucket | Day # 187

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