I think its a necessity to live out childhood dreams (within reason). We spend months thinking about them, planning, imagining and we grow up learning that dreams do come true. I think that if any of your dreams are ever in reach you need to reach for the chance to achieve them.
Having a real life legit tea party is not really that big of a dream, but as a kid I would sit and sip water out of my little china tea set with my stuffed animals. They all talked and had personalities and made stellar guests. I always wanted to have an actual proper tea party with sun dresses and the floppy hats, the tea sandwiches and snacks.
So this past weekend my friends and I had our traditional tea out the backyard. Its fun to do strange silly things like this. We tend to plan random get togethers similar to this just because they are fun different and produce memories that last a lifetime. For instance back in December we planned a fancy dinner party because we wanted an excuse to get all dressed up drink a lot of sparkling cider and have a grand ol time celebrating the holiday season.
A lot of people never really have the chance to fancy up go pretend to be fancy use nice silverware and eat a decorated table to it was really fun to do that for a night and just enjoy good food and even greater company.
I also host an ugly sweater party every year just to be goofy and here is a compilation of some of last years gems.
Yes this is a lot of talk about Christmas but the whole point is do things you wouldn’t really normally do. Plan silly things that you have thought about for a while. Just do things that are out of the box. Strive to achieve your dreams no matter how minuscule they are. It’s just about having fun and creating memories.
I had never really knew this park existed before about a week ago when I learned it was on our way to Sun Valley Idaho where our family reunion was going on. I was actually really shocked to learn that a. astronauts use it as a training ground for the actual moon and b. that there was that much volcanic activity in Idaho. When I think of volcanoes Yellowstone and Hawaii are what immediately pop into my head. I learned that the a hot spot had traveled across Idaho all the way to Yellowstone where it resides today. Driving into the park is like entering another world. If you drive the loop (which I highly recommend) you can see much of the park in about a half hour or so. I would have loved to go on some hikes but unfortunately we were just passing through so there wasn’t much time.
I have always loved the fourth, perhaps it has something to do with my birthday being the third, but I truthfully think its a lot more than that. I would consider myself a very patriotic person for many reasons but mostly the pride I have for the United States military and for those who serve. I spent the better part of growing up living near Colorado Springs so I came to really appreciate our nation’s brave men and women who serve. Military homecomings will always bring me to tears and my heart goes out to those families with mothers, brothers, husbands, fathers, sisters, and wives who are deployed. I could never imagine how nerve racking every single moment would be until their return months later.
Sure the main purpose of the fourth of July is to commemorate our independence from Britain but I also think its about celebrating our amazing service men and women for continuing to fight for America’s freedom and safety. I think the fourth is about looking back to the beginnings of this country and seeing just how far we have come and where we can go. It’s about celebrating freedoms, the birth of this country, creativity, free speech, voting, democracy, and most importantly the people’s voice. It’s a time to remember our duties as citizens and how lucky we are to have all the freedoms we do. Even though it often doesn’t feel like it, we choose our government and our government is one for the people. Despite all the hard times and frustrations of our time, the fourth gives people continued hope, it renews patriotism, and for at least one day of the year people are proud about the country they live in.
and the fireworks just make me happy. I don’t know maybe it is the pyromaniac within me trying to escape or my constant wonder of what make them work the way they do and the chemistry behind the scenes. I guess it has something to do with the tradition behind them and how this is how people have celebrated the fourth for much of this countries history. Maybe it is also their beauty and how they light up a night time sky with so much color, so much noise, and so much joy. Maybe its the hiking to hills to watch them fly over valleys, lakes, or neighborhoods. Maybe its the memories from my childhood when this was the one night I could stay up super late just to watch explosions streak the sky. Maybe it has something to do with how the weather always seems to cooperate for fireworks. The night of the fourth is often one of the best of the summer.
I had probably one of the greatest birthdays and fourth of Julys this past weekend and I have had some pretty wonderful fourths in the past. This one was spent with so many amazing people and many many adventures. The memories will last forever.