Monday, June 29, 2009

Friend Makin' Monday...Patriot Style!

I'm so excited that one of my favorite bloggers, Shawn at Seriously is hosting Kasey's Friend Makin' Monday this week!

She picked a fabulous topic....Independence Day ranks right up there with Christmas for me on Holidays I absolutely HEART. I can't begin to express my love for this country and my gratitude for being an American.

It's so funny, I didn't know about this week's theme at the time, but I stayed up all night last night revamping my blog for July! Do you love it? Please turn your sound on if you don't already have it on and enjoy some beautiful patriotic music while you're here! Also...I had so much fun making my God Bless America button, please feel free to snag it if you'd like to dress up your blog for July!

On to today's task! Shawn has some great summer get to know you questions!

What are you doing this July 4th?
We're going to keep it simple this year with a commitment-free day...meaning we aren't' committing to any family or friends that we'll be anywhere at anytime for any food! We'll probably sleep in, go to the park for our Town Days, and we're still deciding if we'd like to go to the Rodeo. Our city has one every year.

But the big MUST is fireworks at the park by my mom's house. They have an amazing show...last year's was probably the best I can remember seeing.

What is your favorite dish to pass when attending a 4th of July party or summer barbecue?

I have a yummy seafood pasta salad that has shrimp, crab, cheese sweet pickles, peas and a yummy sauce made from Miracle Whip, Thousand Island dressing, and sweet pickle is divine!

Also my staple dessert: Darla's Delicious on the name if you'd like the recipe! Serious...Best. Brownies. Ever.

Do you have any July 4th traditions?

My whole life growing up we would go to our city's parade on the evening of the 3rd. Then on the 4th we would go to Town Days at the park, ALL DAY LONG, then when it got dark they would have a huge fireworks display. Some of my best memories growing up. Now we take our kids to our Town Days, and then head to my mom's park for the fireworks. Because of the Rodeo in our city, which runs 3 nights, they divide the fireworks over the 3 nights, so they aren't as spectacular as the 1 night show in my mom's city.

Share your favorite July 4th picture.

Okay, the truth is...I have LOTS of Independence Day pictures, but they are in a box in the basement and I'm too lazy to go please see the pictures in my banner...they're not the best quality because they're from a cell phone...but it's from 2 summer's ago and we had so much fun at the park!

Finally Shawn left us with a little Are You Smarter Than A Fourth Grader? trivia.

1. How many stars are on the American Flag?
2. What do they stand for?
3. How many stripes are on the flag?
4. What do they stand for?
5. How many stripes are red?
6. The first stripe is which color?
7. Who sewed the American flag?

Not to brag...but I got them all right!

If you want to play...please head over to Shawn's to link up!



Lins said...

I would definitely vote YES on the rodeo...but if you read my post you'll figure out why!

Happy FMM!

Shawn said...

Love the new look!

I'm jealous I want a button and am too challenged to make one! I guess I'm a button making failure!

Have a great 4th!

Unknown said...

LOVE THE INDEPENDENCE DAY LOOK!!! It looks great!!! Totally worth the time it took to make it!

I love that you are relaxing this holiday- you deserve it Momma!!!

Have a great 4th of July!!


P.S. Stole your button...

shortmama said...

I am loving the blog look!! I am getting ready to go scope out a new background for the 4th too! Your's looks awesome! I have to have that seafood salad recipe!!! Sounds so yummy!

Buttercup said...

I like the 4th look and I love the music - especially Elvis. Now there is someone your New Kids could take a few tips from!

Joy For Your Journey said...

Very cute blog! And I am so stealing your button! Have fun on the 4th!

Sugarplum Garters said...

I'm with Lins ~ you have to go to the rodeo!

And that seafood pasta salad sounds delicious!

Macey said...

Love, LOVE, love it! I'm stealin' your button! This is a great post!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Rodeo, hands down! Have NO clue what we'll do for the 4th...I think T will be working.

Btw, YES I am glad Asuka got voted off, and even though Jonathon was horrible at hip-hop, his contemporary performance from last week warranted another week, IMO. ;)

Jessica said...

I'm really going to have to try those brownies!

Christie in Dallas, TX said...

Love the patriotic look -- it's so cute! Have a great 4th!

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

I love the Blog's new clothes!

Your tradition sounds great and I love that it has morphed into something that works for you as a grown-up with YOUR family. That's best case scenario for a tradition... to adapt.

Sugarplum Creations Blog said...

Oooooh, look at your fancy shmancy makeover! I love it {and am totally rockin' out to the music right now}. Sounds like a wonderful no-plan, plan for the 4th! :)

kado! said...

Hey...I ♥ your new background!!! So festive!!!

I ♥ to eat watermelon & corn-on-the-cob for the 4th!