7.16.2014

A Wyoming 4th of July

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{ July 3rd & 4th, 2014 }

So before we get into our 4th of July… we road tripped it to see my Grandparents (dad’s parents) in Burlington, Wyoming on Thursday, July 3rd. Burlington is in Northern Wyoming, half an hour away from Cody, and a couple hours away from Yellowstone National Forest. The town’s population is currently 288 people ha. So it’s a small town. While I was doing some last minute packing, I put on “Birdies” for Ryder which basically equates to Rio. I came downstairs and saw that he had put his Mickey Mouse Clubhouse chair on top of our ottoman (photo above). This photo kills me. Actually, coming down the stairs seeing him like that, kills me. It is so funny. As if he couldn’t get a better seat in the house! The drive was fine… 7-ish hours. I read some of The Fault in Our Stars. I’ve already seen the movie so it didn’t have any surprises in it. But yeah, we made it! Oh, and when we made it, we ate some yummy cheeseburgers when we got in at my Grandparents house.

Now, for the 4th of July!

We woke up, got ready, and played a little family baseball outside. Ryder loves to pitch and always is giving us a bat and wanting to throw the ball at us. We had a good time! On a side note, I had gotten a pedicure that was very patriotic with flags on my big toes so that is why I took a picture of the flag and my feet. If you look closely, you will see the flags! So bomb. We all drove to Cody, Wyoming to hit up Walmart for some groceries for our next meals and to get some treats/snacks for Ryder. Ryder chose the shopping cart where 2 kids can sit in the attachment behind the normal shopping cart. He wanted me to sit next to him… SO I did haha. The Walmart was crazy busy because everyone was getting stuff for their big 4th of July festivities and it was kind of embarrassing being on the shopping cart ride. Only at Walmart would it be OK to sit in their carts though ha. I also felt it was okay since we were under the weight limit ha. We definitely have a shopping cart selfie up above! Anyways, we got what we needed and made our way to the firework store! It was SO packed, of course, and there was no air conditioning in the big warehouse so we were all baking in there. Kevin found a firework called ‘Nite Ryder’ & you better believe we took that baby home and launched it later that night (photo above). We got fireworks & called it good. Then on our way to Subway – one of my grandparents favorite places to eat for lunch – we stopped by a stand on the side of the road that sells cowboy hats! My dad got us all matching cowboy hats haha (photo of us all together in them above). Then we got lunch at Subway. Then we drove back to Burlington and Ryder took a nap. Kevin made a vanilla poke flag cake while Ryder was napping (photo above). I think I read a little. My dad, Zach, Kevin, & Grandma & Grandpa all watched The Man from Snowy River. My grandparents love old country western movies so last time we visited them, we told them we would bring up Kevin’s favorite country movie! They liked it! Then we ate dinner (steak, mashed potatoes, watermelon, & forget what else) and had fireworks. I thought it would be fine for Ryder to stay up past his bed time a little to watch them but the minute they started he told me he wanted to “Go.” He wanted to go inside haha. It was so sad. He was all cozied up to me with blankets and we were all set to go and then he was scared. He covered his ears and his eyes (photo above). I don’t even think he saw the ‘Nite Ryder’ firework! So I went in and put him down for sleep & we finished our firework show. It was a great one! Kevin was the firework man and successfully lit them off with no injuries! Then we all ate some amazing flag cake! Overall, it was a very fun, busy, 4th of July! I can’t wait for when Ryder will love fireworks!

Next Up: More Wyoming fun!

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