25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

25 Inspiring photos of America the Beautiful
25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

White House made of Lego bricks, Legoland, California

Happy 4th of July, friends!

There’s this one DIY/home decorating blog that I love, even though this blogger’s home looks the polar opposite of mine. Seriously. She has 4 kids, and yet she decorates in white.

And yet it looks beautiful. Her blog is Tidbits-Cam.com,  and if you want to be inspired by photos of sheer beauty (who doesn’t?), give her a visit.

Today on her blog, she is showcasing inspiring patriotic images, and I liked it so much I decided to do my own version of that post.

So I give you 25 photos of America the Beautiful.

Since we’ve lived all over the U.S. of A., we have seen first hand just how gorgeous our country is, and I wanted to share that here today.

All photos are my own, except for a few that Aunt Janet provided.

 

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Lego Mount Rushmore, Legoland, California

Go ahead and get that song in your head. “Oh beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain. For purple mountains majesties…”

 

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

near Yosemite, California

 

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Half Dome, Yosemite, California

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Yosemite, California

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

a day at the ballpark

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

White House, 2012

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Alabama

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Sea to shining sea…I don’t actually remember which ocean this is.

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Look closely. Many of those rocks are actually sea lions laying on rocks. Monterey Bay, California

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Alexandria, Virginia

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

Alexandria, Virginia

25 Inspiring Photos of America the Beautiful for July 4th

One of my all time favorites. Not only was he making snow angels, but you can see all the places he’d already walked, just like the way the Family Circus comics show foot-paths traveled by Billy. So cute!

Climbing trees are a bonafide part of childhood.

Poppies!

Carmel Valley, California, photo by Janet

Carmel Valley, California, photo by Janet

Monterey, California, photo by Janet

youth, photo by Amy Driscoll

on the road again

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Cliff Dwellers, Colorado

Disney World, Florida

Alabama

Billy Graham’s “The Cove” in North Carolina, photo credit The Cove

I count it one of my greatest blessing to have lived in so many different parts of this country. It truly is America, the beautiful.

Happy 4th of July to you all!

 

Cross-Country Road Trip 2016: Cali to Bama in a Pick-Up Truck

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One last basketball game with friends

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The movers came and boxed us up.

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Day 1: I promise our children do not normally consume sodas and play video games all day. Remember this was a manly trip…which really just means that I was not there, so don’t blame me. 😉

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California: Do you see the train going into the tunnel? Look closely.

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Arriving in Vegas. Don’t worry. I promise they didn’t see the shows, play the slots, or um…look around…

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hangin’ with friends

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What kids do in Vegas

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There was an Avengers thing-a-majig going on there,.

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And Caleb’s turn

Next Stop: North Rim of the Grand Canyon!!

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You will see them shading their eyes constantly in these photos. Our eyes have very little pigmentation. It’s hard! Plus, we couldn’t find their sunglasses.

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Were they not too sure about this at first?

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We gotta frame this.

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Before the trip they thought the Grand Canyon was worth skipping. Ha! They get it now.

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And on the road again…

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I love these window landscape shots. The Southwest is uniquely beautiful.

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This one made me laugh. Bless their hearts. Buy them some sunglasses!!

Once you finish chuckling over their eye covers, check out the FOUR CORNERS behind them: You can be in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado all at the same time.

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I’m thinking this is probably Colorado. I wasn’t there, and Alan’s outside building a trampoline, so I can’t ask him. Poor Alan. So glad I’m not the one with the big muscles that builds things.

Mesa Verde National Park

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As I mentioned before, we learned about these Anasazi cliff-dwellers in school this year, so what a perfectly timed field trip.

 

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When do I get to go see this because I want to too!

 

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This part would have been my favorite!

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On the road again, just can’t wait to get back on the road again….

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Next Stop: Oklahoma City

 

It just might’ve been his best birthday ever. And no, we’ve never been Braves fans, but I thought it went along with the whole becoming Southern thing. He approved. He also loved his bat bag and baseball cards.

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They went to an OKC Dodgers (minor league baseball) game. Caleb is crazy for baseball this year.

 

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It was a double-header, so Alan even got them a hotel where they could watch the game from their hotel room. Nice!

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Yes, they loved this pool.

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What’s better than a day at the ballpark?

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Well, iHop is a close second. Mmmm

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Oh yeah, and Alan also took them to Pops, a soda pop factory/store. (Thanks for all the ideas, Greg!) They brought back a cooler full of sodas too. I might as well go ahead and schedule their dental appointments. No, it hasn’t been a full 6 months, but there was this trip.

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Do you think it will make him hyper?

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Yes. Apparently.

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On to Arkansas…

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By this point, Alan was speeding the trip along, so they just whipped right through Arkansas, and on to Tennessee:

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We were all intrigued to see what this giant pyramid was, and it turned out to be a BASS PRO SHOPS!! Haha!

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And no trip to Bammer is complete without a visit to Bryant-Denny. (That’s the University of Alabama football stadium, for all you non-southerners or non football fans.)

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They had to shield their eyes from the glitter of all those national championship trophies. hehe Roll Tide!

And finally, they arrived and reunited with Mom and little brothers!

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As far as I can tell, having three brothers is extremely fun.

We enjoyed being together for a couple of days, all of us as a family in our new house. But our work is not done. Alan, Joshua, and Caleb are over at my parents’ house, helping them move, and Joshua and Caleb are going to stay for the rest of the week. They are super excited because the Wii died in the fire, so Grandaddy has promised to buy an x-box for their house.

Happy Summer, y’all!!

The Iron Bowl: No Hatred Allowed Here

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That’s me, wearing my Bama team spirit on Daniel’s actual birthday because 1. I hate hospital gowns. and 2. Roll Tide!

Today is the big Alabama versus Auburn game. Most of you know what a big deal that is in my home state.

But our boys? They just don’t get it yet. Even Joshua and Caleb haven’t lived in the state of Alabama, for more than a couple of months, since they were in diapers.

Daniel, in an Auburn helmet…Bless him.

Last year, I mentioned on Facebook that I’m super excited that Joshua finally dropped the, “I’m a Virginia Tech fan,” bit and embraced Bama ball.

I was feeling pretty pleased with myself.  Then one of my college friends pointed out that my job was not done. Huh? Not done?  She said it wasn’t done because my children barely know who Auburn is, and by their age, they should already detest all things blue and orange.

Hilarious. Love you, Elizabeth.  “Oh, that’s right,” I thought, “I sort of forgot about that intense rivalry part, and how my boys are missing out on that action.”

So this year I decided to work on that, as I DO want them to be proper Alabama boys, even if they never get to live in the Yellowhammer state. Isn’t it funny how competitive we fans can be?  It’s all so funny, because we as fans have nothing to do with whether our team wins or loses. And yet, I love it.

At the beginning of this season, as we DVR’d the first Alabama game, I marched myself downstairs to prep the boys….

“Hey, boys, are ya’ll ready for the game?”

They nonchalantly responded, “Huh? Oh, Alabama football. Yeah, okay.”

Sigh. “Come on, boys! We love Bama football games. We’re the best. We’re always winning. This is fun!”

They stared back blankly.

“But you know who we hate??”

They scrunched their eyebrows, highly confused. What is Mom saying? Hate is supposed to be a bad word, right?

Then Joshua spoke up, “Ohhh. I know. You’re talking about that team. Like Au- something, with the logo where the U crosses the A.”

Light dawned on Caleb, “Oh, yeah, I know that too. But do we have to watch the ball game, or can we just go jump on the trampoline?”

“Yeah, but..”

……Then from upstairs I hear my wise and kind husband, “April! Can you come up here, please?”

Busted. I’m pretty sure I know what this is about.

Drat.

I walk into our room, and Alan shakes his head, “April, I’m not so sure it’s a good idea to teach the boys to hate Auburn. That’s not going to do them any good. We don’t want to teach them to hate anything or anybody. Besides, we have good friends and family that are Auburn fans, and I just don’t think that’s right for you to teach them hatred of anything. You can tell them that Auburn is our arch rival, but you CANNOT use the word ‘hate.’ That is just a really bad idea.”

Sigh. “Okay.  Fine. Sorry. It wasn’t that I was….I was just… I mean they don’t really know about….oh, I’ll go fix it.”

“Boys! We don’t really hate Auburn…not really, but we DO want to beat them in football, but they’re not bad. I mean they’re okay…..But we don’t hate anybody, okay? Hate is bad.”

“Okay, Mom. Can we have a snack?”

me, wearing some Big Al, in 2000.

 

Now, just for the record I don’t really believe a word of that nicey/sweetie stuff I told the kids. TODAY is the DAY, and I HOPE we SMASH Auburn to bits. They are an obnoxious speed bump on our way to National Championship. And it never matters who has the better team–you just never know what’s going to happen at the Iron Bowl.

I got my Bachelor of Science degree from Alabama, and I will be loyal forever.  ROLL TIDE!!

 

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