The Fourth of July, 2018!

The Fourth of July was SO fun this year!!

For the past couple of years, we have had really rainy weather on the fourth, which has been a bummer. So we were pumped when this year it was sunny and beautiful! (We didn't count on the SUFFOCATING humidity, though. Holy Hannah--it was hot!!!) We got out first thing in the morning and drove down to beautiful Campbellsville, Kentucky for a small town parade and celebration.

And despite the heat, we had a blast!

We are so, so blessed to live in the USA!!

It was so fun to explore a new little Kentucky town for the Fourth. Campbellsville was decked out in red, white, and blue, and it was darling.

And HOT. Have I mentioned that yet? Haha!
^Watching balloons float into the sky^

There was a free kid carnival going on, and it was a HIT with the boys! I mean, bouncy houses, cotton candy, face painting, and otter pops? They had everything their little heart's desired!

It was the perfect way to let them run around and get wiggles out before the parade started.

There was an all-you-can-eat cotton candy station, and the kids definitely took advantage of it!! They ate SO MUCH. Also, it was so humid that the cotton candy literally melted in front of your eyes if you didn't eat it quick enough, so we were cramming it in our mouths as fast as we could! Haha.

^Face first! Haha^
Then it was time for the parade!!

The boys waited for it to start--with their grocery bags in hand.--ready to snatch up all the candy they could catch. (Because they didn't get enough sugar from their cotton candy earlier. Haha)
^They were mesmerized by the baton twirlers!^
^I love them.^

After the parade, we walked back to the car and sat in the glorious air conditioning for as long as we possibly could. We were literally drenched!! It was insane. But we had so much fun!

Then we drove home, and prepped our fireworks for the night! The kids just couldn't wait until dark, so we set them off at dusk. It was still so fun!
^Waiting patiently for daddy to light the fireworks!^

Every time Jordan would light a firework, the boys would take off running like a bomb was about to explode. It was hilarious!! 

Brighton would just giggle and giggle watching them, and it was the cutest.

We had such a great Fourth!! To see our fourth of July celebrations from previous years, go here:

2011 (Pregnant with Boston)
2012 (Rexburg, ID, a video!)
2013 (Rexburg, ID, baby Cam)
2014 (Lexington, KY with friends)
2015 (UTAH)
2016 (Louisville, KY)


Tioga Falls

We went on the most beautiful hike the other day to Tioga Falls in Radcliff, Kentucky. Jordan had been gone for almost a week for work, and so we snatched him up to come with us! The trail was green and lush, and there was a gorgeous waterfall at the end to splash around in. The kids were such troopers too--they pretty much hiked the entire way without complaining! I love those boys.

And my gosh, we've lived in Kentucky for five years now, and I'm still not over it. It is just so pretty!! (I could definitely live without the sweltering summer humidity, though. Haha!)

There is a railroad track you have to cross to get to the falls (about half way through the trail), and the kids thought it was so cool! It was such a perfect place to look at the view and catch our breath.

Also, I wore sandals for this hike. What was I thinking?? Haha. #notoutdoorsy
^I mean, RAWR^

Then it was back to the trail! We saw so many cool trees, and the boys thought it was awesome when we found a big one that had been chopped down.

They were like, "Mom! Take a picture of us with this giant tree!"
^"Hey look! We cutted it down!"^

Then, we finally made it to the falls!!

And holy cow, they were so breathtaking.
^Building rock towers!^

At one point, Boston and Camden were exploring the pools of water under the falls, when Boston suddenly yelled, 

"GUYS! I found a lizard...with no legs!" 

We were like, "Uh, bud? That's called a snake."
And he was like 

"AHHHHH!" hahahaha.

^That face!! Holland, you are cute.^

After we splashed around for a while, we headed back down on the long trek to the car. By this point we were all STARVING, so it was a little rough. Haha.

But the kids were troopers, and held out until they got to a giant bag of pretzels at the end of the trail.
^Crazy tree face!^

^My little rag muffins. Exhausted, dirty, wet, hungry, and HAPPY.^
^My dirty Camden boy. haha^

It was SUCH a gorgeous hike with the family!

Kentucky, I love you.