Our 4th


Happy 5th day of July!  To my friends here in the States, I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day.  We had a lovely day.  We watched Despicable Me in the morning (we hadn't seen it yet!), played on the new tree swing Mr. B installed the day before...


... and watched this as we made homemade hula hoops!



The hula hoop project is one I've longed to try for a couple of years now.  One of my favorite family music artists, Elizabeth Mitchell, did a guest post on SouleMama.  (Fitting, as I first found out about SouleMama via Elizabeth Mitchell's email newletter!)  We just followed this simple video tutorial:


(Of course, it turned out our local hardware store was sorely lacking in pipe, so a trip to a big box store was in order for us.  We tried!)

After a family 4th of July dinner at my sister's new house, our little family headed to our local drive-in!  






We loaded up on horribly junky concessions, while the neighborhood surrounding the drive-in lit up the skies with fireworks.  We knew it would be a very late night for the girls, but our neighborhood usually stays very loud until late on the 4th.  We might as well have fun supporting a local institution!  We saw Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University, and of course, lots of awesome vintage drive-in bumpers and snack advertisements!







I'm sorry I haven't had much in the way of books to post about this week.  The weather has been too beautiful.  We're spending so much time outside!  We are reading, but I haven't had a chance to scan or take pictures, find links, etc.  Thank you for bearing with me!  I hope everyone is having a lovely season.  
Merry Weekend!  Happy Reading!

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    1. It was the best day in a long time. Thank you for stopping by! :o)

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  2. DRIVE IN MOVIES!!!!!!!!!!!!! So much fun. I went to one on Oahu with my mom when I was little. There weren't any on Maui. I think we saw Escape from Witch Mountain!

    Love the pix. So impressed you made hula hoops, that is SO cool!

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    1. There used to be so many drive-ins in and around town, but only the one remains. It's a big one, though, with two screens and it just upgraded to digital. I'm so glad it's still here. Most of our historic regular movie theaters have become other things or have been torn down.

      The hula hoops are so easy to make! I can't hula worth a darn, but Big Sis was starting to get it with a regular store-bought hoop. The homemade ones are a bit heavier, and sooooo much easier for her to hula with! She can keep one going for a while, and now she's working on two at a time. We also dropped a few marbles in each one, so we get a good noise going while she's doing it.

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  3. Everything looks lovely! I'm glad you had such a great day. The hula hoops are amazing, I love them although I've never been able to play with one for more than -well, five seconds? It just goes down and down and down... :O)

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    1. I can't hula, either. I just can't seem to move that way. Oh, well. Big Sis is having great luck with the homemade hoops. They're just a little heavier, which seems to help. It was a beautiful day yesterday. We were still musing about it this afternoon. Everyone slept in today, after our late night at the movies, then we went out for "breakfast" at 1:00! (I'd call it "brunch," but really, it was just our breakfast...)

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  4. Aw, I want to go to a drive in! Ours closed down years ago...

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    1. I do count us as lucky that ours has survived. They are working hard to pay off those very expensive new digital projectors! I hope it stays around for years to come. It's such a blast. xoxoxo

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  5. You make me want to go to a drive in movies too!!!

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  6. Oooh, lucky you to have a drive-in nearby. I haven't been to one in years. They tore down the one in my home town to make way for a Walmart in true devolutionary style.

    Looks like you had all the ingredients for a perfect 4th of July:)

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    1. Figures. :o( I think I've pinpointed a couple of places where drive-ins used to be. One of them is now covered with multiple car dealerships, the other became the grocery store/TG&Y (now a grocery store/Dollar General/Atwoods) where my family shopped when I was little. Progress?

      It was a lovely 4th. Hope yours was, too!

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  7. Wonderful 4th of July chronicle in pictures! Your blog is fresh and fun.

    I have added your nice blog to my blogroll.

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    1. Hi, Silvia! Thank you for stopping by! I haven't much of a chance to explore your blog and store yet, but you had me at The Thingimajig Book of Manners! I did a post on that one myself once. xoxo

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