Beautiful Birthday

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Welcome to Friday Finding Beauty in conjunction with Celebrating our Nations Birth!

Just thinking about our country on it’s birthday chokes me up.

Yes, I am an admitted blubber head when it comes to how I feel about my America.

At any given sports event where they sing the National Anthem I often can’t get to the end because I am wiping my tears.

Friday Finding Beauty is where we each celebrate what we find to be beautiful in our own lives!

The fourth of July is a holiday that I provides wonderful memories.  As far back to when I would go to Kansas for family reunions– to when my children were young– to present day!


Who can resist a Fourth of July parade? (this photo taken way back in 1986 – Film- is still one of my favorites!) My young boys loved summer, flip flops, hats of all kinds and certainly showing off their very own parade!



Or a wonderful Rodeo



Food always seem to jump to mind when reminiscing.

Strawberries — Watermelon— hot dogs and mustard

What are some words that pop into your mind when you think of the Fourth?

Here’s a fast list…

OFF bug spray~~~Baseball games~~~Lemonade~~~Picnic baskets full of our most special recipes

(click here for photographer)

And… of course the smell of SULPHER from the fireworks!

When I was a young girl, I raided my piggie bank to buy some firecrackers. My mother had specifically told us not to, so of course it was all that more exciting to grab my younger sisters to help me in my rule breaking adventure.  We got the Black Cats and headed to an empty field not far from our house. We were having a great time when the one I had just lit had a fast fuse and exploded in my hand just next to right ear! I screamed and the horrified look my sister’s  face gave us enough adrenaline to run home like jack rabbits with their tails on fire.

As we arrived another horrified thought hit us all simultaneously — me being hurt was the LEAST of our worries– but the thought of how on earth we were going to tell my mother scared us to death. Thankfully she was off at the store and calm eventually prevailed… I couldn’t hear anything in that ear for years… and to this day I have tinnitus — but we never admitted our outing until we were much MUCH older… 🙂  I think i was like 40. Sorry Mom (but hey! just like I have always said– misadventures makes for GREAT memories)


I know many of you don’t listen to other bloggers music;  but if you want a real treat I found a wonderful “song” by Charlie Daniels —  go to my MUSIC PLAYER (on my right side bar) and click on The PLEDGE — if you are like me it won’t end with you having a dry eye.


May your family enjoy this blessed holiday! Be safe and light a firecracker for me!

This week at Beverly’s Pink Saturday— she has a little different spin due to the 4th

And of course come Monday visit Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

Now link up with us at Friday Finding Beauty — please PLEASE be sure and link back to this post.

And always — leave a comment — cuz I just love them– BESIDES I need to hear what words come to mind when you think of the 4th!



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July 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Fourth of July | 38 comments


38 responses to “Beautiful Birthday”

  1. Hi Claudia !, What a Great Post for such a Beautiful & Fun holiday! 🙂 The food that comes to my mind is ; Strawberries & Blueberries w/ Home made whipped cream, Hot dogs & Hamburgers and of -coarse Watermelon!! 
            Have a Great & Safe 4th of July, and no playing with any fireworks ! 🙂 lol 

  2. Sarah says:

    Claudia, I love all your patriotic color.  What a fun vintage photo.  Love a good neighborhood 4th of July parade. ~Happy 4th of July! ~

  3. Karen Cox says:

    What a wonderful post!  I love that rodeo.  We do live in a wonderful country.  I lived overseas for five years, and it really made me miss home.  There is no place like home, especially on the 4th of July.
    Happy 4th.

  4. A Garden of Threads says:

    What a wonderful post, such a naughty little girl. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and happy Independence Day.

  5. Hi Claudia!

    Wonderful post! Love all the red, white and blue! I hope you have a wonderful July 4th!

  6. John says:

    More great photos! Happy 4th! Thanks for all your great posts!!

  7. Mona says:

    You wanted to know what comes into my mind when I think of 4th of July – America! Happy 4th to you all!!!!
    Hugs from Romania,

  8. Very nice tribute to your Fourth of July celebration Claudia.  Happy red, white and blue to you in honour of your beloved country.

  9. Valerie says:

    Wonderful Patriotic Photo’s –  There sure is beauty in the freedom we celebrate this weekend!
    What a story about the firecracker – I know as a kid I did things I never wanted my parents to know about – and now worry about what my kids are doing without telling me. It makes me even more of a worry wart!
    On another note – I am hosting a give away of 2 of my Intelligent Expression Posts – matted and ready for framing either in 8×10 or 11×14.
    Thanks for your Friday meme – God created an awesome world and it is so neat to see how everyone perceives beauty!
    Happy 4th!

  10. Sherry says:

    Good Morning Claudia Sweetie…
    As always, what a beautiful post. Your eye candy that you have captured is so beautiful.
    The house is my kind of house. (I only wish I could be outside decorating) The swags are so
    beautiful and patriotic. Looks like you have walked right into a Norman Rockwell.

    I adore the picture of the two little boys marching with their flags, and ofcourse coming from Oklahoma who doesn’t love a great rodeo? So exciting and so 4th of july.

    The berries look so real, I felt as though I could reach right in and grab one. Scrumptous sweetie. You have truly captured beauty today. I thank you for sharing with me.

    Hope you have a beautiful day and a wonderful 4th of July. I will be thinking of you.

    Country hugs and so much love…Love ya, Sherry

  11. Jay says:

    What comes to mind when I hear the words ‘Fourth of July’?  Well, America, of course, and sometimes ‘Oh, yeah, we lost’.  LOL!  Just kidding.  You do have a very splendid holiday at this time of year, don’t you?  And to be fair, old King Georgie was being a tad unfair to you guys and deserved getting his come-uppance.  😉
    Love the boys with their flags, striding along so proudly!  But the story of the firework .. oh my!  You were very lucky.  But to be deaf in that ear for years? I think I’d have ‘fessed up just to get it looked at!
    I’m joining in this week!

  12. Kiki says:

    Gorgeous post!! I love the beautiful tribute and photos..the horses are amazing! Lovely and sweet childhood story..i love it!!  Have a happy wkd!

  13. ldh says:

    I feel the same way about our country and anything patriotic.. a saluting veteran always brings a tear to my eye.  Wow, all those warnings about fireworks are true about getting hurt.  You have lasting effects from what can happen!
    Love the gorgeous photos you posted ~ so nice!

  14. Olga says:

    Wonderful 4th of July post. The decorations are so beautiful. And I enjoyed reading your memories of this day.
    For the first time, I’m joining Friday Finding Beauty. My post is about California State Capitol.
    Have a great 4th of July!

  15. Nancy says:

    Gorgeous decorations!  Love your stories, Claudia….what? you can’t hear me?  Well, as your mother would say – stay away from those fireworks…tsk tsk…
    Have a wonderful 4th celebrating our wonderful country. xoxo Nancy

  16. Claudie says:

    Your kids are precious Claudia. Seems like yesterday doesn’t it?
    Happy 4th my friend. Have fun, celebrate like there’s no tomorrow : )
    Love You
    Love me

  17. Porch Days says:

    Lots of fireworks here at the lake. My cats are jumpy!

  18. Hi Claudia,
    Great photographs for the Fourth!  Love it.
    But your story about the firecracker caper?  Oh my, I held my breath — I am so terrified of firecrackers, and am grateful I live in a state where they are not legal!   Seriously, they scare the life outta  me.  And there’s no point trying to be “careful” with them, as so many of them turn out to be defective.  Boom!  Plus, pets hate them.
    So, no, I won’t light a firecracker for you … but I will with you a happy, healthy, wonderful holiday!
    Happy summer! … Cass

  19. jeanne says:

    Hi Claudia, after two weeks of company it feels good to have some time on my computer again.  I have missed blogging so much. Your post is lovely.  Your little guys are adorable making their own parade. I bet they get a kick out of that photo now.  I have always had a fear of fireworks and my children.  You were very brave to not tell your sad firecracker accident to your mom.
    When I think of the 4th of July I remember picnics, the beach (I grew up in Miami, Fl.) and great fun and food.  Watermelon # 1. Smile! The photos are wonderful.
    Happy 4th of July to you and your loved ones.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  20. jeanne says:

    I forgot to mention I loved the Charlie Daniels ‘The Pledge’  Thank you for sharing it.
    Jeanne, again. 🙂

  21. Hi Claudia!   Great post and your pictures are gorgeous.  When I was a child the house next door to us caught on fire when fireworks landed on their roof.   We are headed to our son and DIL for a small party and to watch the fireworks. They have the best seat in the area on their 2nd floor porch.  The fireworks are set off  at a park about 300 yards away.  It seems like you can read up and touch them. I hope you are having a great  holiday.
    xo, Sherry

  22. whoops,  I meant “reach up and touch them”

  23. Snap says:

    Love the bunting! Watermelon, lemonade … hamburgers, hot dog, HEAT!!!!!!  Happy 4th of July!

  24. Eileen says:

    Happy 4th of July, Claudia! Great post. I think everyone has something they didn’t tell their mom about, at least not right away. Your photos and mosaic are beautiful!

  25. Oh dear! I’m glad you got your hearing back! What a tale!

  26. Traci says:

    Happy 4th of July – LOVE your decorations & mosaic!

  27. Lori E says:

    What a great parade. Your home looks so festive and patriotic. I SAID IT LOOKS SO FESTIVE….did you hear me? Parents are always the last to know.

  28. mary says:

    What a wonderful post, Claudia!  I hope you are enjoying a very happy holiday.  Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful mosaic and your memories at MM. 🙂

  29. Christine says:

    Beautiful display of the flag, Claudia!…Christine

  30. Maggie B says:

    Hi Claudia,
    I really enjoyed reading your post, the pix are great especially the one of your two small boys enjoying their own parade, just too gorgeous for words!
    I hope your weekend went off with a bang, but safely this time!
    Have a great week,

  31. Happy 4th of July from the 3 Sisters in Australia. Hope your day was fabulous.
    Blessings and best wishes,
    Natasha, Stacey and Holly.

  32. Cathy says:

    Thank you for your visit to my house.  What lovely pictures you have here!  Wishing you well!

  33. What a wonderful post!!  Beautiful pictures and I cannot tell you how special your message from Red Skelton is to me.  I grew up watching the Red Skelton Show and I grew to love and respect him not only as an entertainment but as the gentleman he was.  I tear up every time I hear this message from him about our Pledge of Allegiance.

  34. Hello,
    From one softy to another – I am with you girl! The more I learn about how God has blessed this country and how those who found it recognized and relied upon that – the more I am thankful! I thank God for all those, such as yourself who commemorate it!
    Hope you stop by, I am launching a new blog party, A Return to Loveliness beginning tonight at 9 p.m.
    I am also having a giveaway this month!

  35. Joan says:

    Kathy I love your post!  I am a Patriotic Sister who has a soft spot for our country as well.  My eyes well-up whenever I stand and say the pledge or sing a Patriotic song with others.  We are truly blessed to live in the greatest country of the world and I am doing what I can to “Take America Back.”  I too posted about one of our Pet Parades, please come by to visit.  Thanks for your Patriotism.  Keep your flag-a-wavin’ …Joan

  36. Joan says:

    Claudia, I am sorry I wrote Kathy on my post.  I guess I was looking at the post above mine.  My first time to your blog, sorry.  Joan

  37. Pat says:

    Wonderful post Claudia!  I’m glad you had  avery happy 4th of July!  Happy Pink Saturdaya bd Mosaic Monday all wrapped into one! I’ll be joining you on Friday the 9th.♥ Pat

  38. RMontalban says:

    What lovely photographs, the colours look great.  I am Scottish, but I have posted a little piece on American independence spread today as there is a thing going on at you capture on America!

    Thank you for stopping by and seeing my post on Picnic, glad you liked it.

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