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A Small Town Celebration

Chad and I woke up early and sat on the porch to enjoy a quiet little morning.  Chad drank his coffee and I read a little as we watched everyone park along our street, dressed in their red white and blue. Toting tiny patriotic tots, camping chairs and coolers full of snacks. We smiled at each other, for a few reasons. One, because it was just so darn cute. And two? Because we were secretly happy we didn’t have to find a parking spot.  We got dressed and walked down to the square just in time for the downtown Fourth of July parade.  It was by and large one of the cutest, most patriotic things I have ever seen. photo 1 (7) photo 5 (5) photo 5 (5) copy   photo 2 (9) photo 2 (9) copy

 

After the parade, a small part of the square was blocked off for games, watermelon slices, a kissing booth and lots of other 4th of July activities.  It was pretty much the cutest thing ever.

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The rest of the afternoon was spent shopping around at our favorite places on the square.
First up, cooling off at our favorite place, Patina Green.
It felt like the hottest Fourth of July, and we needed a little something to quench our thirst!
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We spent the rest of the afternoon in Fourth of July cuteness overload, and stopped in a few of our favorite places. Missing Q Press, Local Yocal and of course The Antique Company Mall. A few handfuls of kettle corn and a hotdog (or two) later, we walked back home hand in hand. We chatted about how cute it will be in a few years when we can take our kids down for the morning parade. There is something about a neighborhood Fourth of July celebration that really makes the heart swell, you know what I mean?

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We seriously live in one of the cutest  towns in all of Texas. Perhaps all of the South, even.  We ended the night with a giant firework celebration filled with new friends (who we love), food trucks, a giant bag of kettle corn and cheesy country music. Among thousands, we were the last ones to leave the field. We chatted and laughed until the lights went off, grabbed our quilt and camping chairs and walked back to the car in the dark.

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A Fourth of July for the books.
Now we are off to Costa Rica! I must get to packing (late as usual).
I’ll be absent from the blog for a week or so.
Chad and I are headed to San Jose on a mission/adventure trip.
Be sure to follow along on Instagram, as usual!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunflower Love

I am usually 100% against wearing jeans during the summer.  Mainly because we live in Texas, but also because the heat and humidity act  like a vacuum and as soon as I step outside, my nice fitting jeans immediately suction cup themselves to my legs in a fit of sweaty grossness.

It’s true.
It’s not a pretty sight.
That being said, I decided to suck it up for today and today only.
There is a slight breeze in the air, so they aren’t desperately clinging to my legs quite yet.
Our boss is letting us watch the soccer game at a pub across the street today, and if we win, we get to go home early. So everyone cross your fingers and toes for me!
I did my best to find a “USA” shirt, but all I found was this Arkansas one. And I mean, it’s a part of the United States, so it made sense to me in my moment of “clothes all over the floor, five minutes left until I need to get out the door” desperation.
Makes sense, right?

Fingers crossed! Toes crossed!
This girl wants an early day off!

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Jeans: Gap
Top: c/o Riffraff
Shoes: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Target

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Escaping The Heat

There is something about this look that is so me.
When I lived in Italy a few years ago, my arms were always full of antique or thrifted bracelets that I found here and there along my travels.
In fact, the ones I am wearing today are all from my life abroad.
The neutral color of this dress, the side braid and the leather bracelets just feel so right to me.

Perhaps I’ll hop a plane with my gingersnap and live my days roaming the streets of Italy.
That would be a great excuse to escape the heat trap that is Texas.
It has seriously gotten to be so hot these past few days. And it isn’t even Sumer yet!  I’m really not looking forward to the triple digits. Those are the days you wish it was normal to walk around in your bathing suit and eat ice cream for every meal just to cool off.
Which is basically what I did when we were on vacation.

So that settles it. Either I move to Italy, or to a tropical destination and eat ice cream all day.
Sounds like a win/win to me.
Who wants to join me?

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Dress: Target
Heels: c/o Riffraff
Purse: c/o Lulu*s
Bracelets: Antiques//Thrifted

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Tour D’Coop

 Spring has officially made it’s way to Texas.
This past weekend was, dare I say it?…Hot!
I really hate to even say that, because just as quickly as Spring comes, it goes.
And then it’s Summer heat all the way. Summer heat and mosquitoes.
But for now, I will enjoy the tropical flowers and blooming cacti.

On Saturday morning, Chad and I woke up early for a day of neighborhood adventuring. Our historical neighborhood was hosting a chicken coop tour called Tour D’Coop. We were lucky enough to live right in the  middle of everything, so we hopped on our bikes to enjoy the tour. There are currently about 7 or 8 chicken coops in the neighborhood, and each one was uniquely adorable.  The families were there to answer questions, throw the chickens into your arms, and share the joys of hens and their delicious farm fresh eggs.
Chad is sold.
Our next project might just be a chicken coop.

The weather was warm, shorts were worn, bike tires were rolling, cherry soda pop was guzzled down and a delicious local lunch was eaten.
It was quite the Saturday.

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Shorts: Forever 21
Top: c/o Ever + Mi Crush
Shoes: Seychelles via Maude
Bracelet: c/o Lulu*s
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