July 4th is Almost Here!

The other night I was in a patriotic mood and I did these little watercolor paintings.
I am so excited for our small town celebration!

Some of my most memorable 4th of July memories:

-The showering sparks of the overhead fireworks (and the occasional ground explosion)
-Driving the horse carriage carrying the mayor and his wife (and not killing anyone)
-Being a Floozy in the Melodrama!
-When I was 8, I used cardboard, scissors and tape to transform my bike into a beautiful horse and ride it in the parade dressed as a cowgirl (I made it half-way and flicka fell apart)
-Mmmmm, shaved ice!
-Watching the rodeo (wishing the greased piglets would get away and run free)
-Skinny dipping in the dam (what's more American?)
-The Fish Pond (I always wanted to be like Polyanna and pull out a full sized porcelain doll)
-Selling watermelon wedges and dill pickles all day and making about $3.50 (anyone remember the size of the watermelon wedges on Polyanna? Mine were the same size, and about the same price)
-Sparklers, Flowers and Snakes! Oh, and smoke bombs on occasion.
-Being hot, sweaty and sticky, and not caring one bit!

I love the 4th, and I hope my children can share some of the same memories!
I hope you all have a lovely Independence Day!


kate on July 3, 2009 at 8:01 AM said...

i'm so sad we won't be in huntsville for the fourth! it is the BEST place on earth for the fourth! enjoy!! and i love those watercolors!

Jenny on July 3, 2009 at 9:20 PM said...

Your list almost makes me appreciate this blasted holiday.

Nikki on July 5, 2009 at 10:18 PM said...

Beautiful!!! I LOVE the fourth. I had the greatest day ever in Huntsville, Eden, and Liberty. I saw you in the parade! So fun. I've been in the Huntsville parade before. In second grade I danced down the street with the Dazzle Dancers. I felt like a super star. Good times.
I've only been on vacation over the 4th one time in my life. I missed home so much I promised never to do it again. There's just nothing like a small town celebration on the 4th.

Laura on July 6, 2009 at 9:40 AM said...

Hi, Star I've purchased your art before and I just love it. I was wondering how much it would be for custom art from you. My husband and I are skydivers and I think it would be way fun to have an art piece done by you of skydiving. Contact me at(Laura at mikebachmanplumbing dot com)Thanks

Katie on July 6, 2009 at 7:53 PM said...

joey and were just discussing the hunstville 4th and you came up. you always have the coolest booths and are so cool to participate in the melodrama and parade and such. seriously huntsville is great but it wouldn't be without people like you there. i miss it so much.

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