travels // red, white, and on the go.

I hope all of you had an amazing holiday weekend. surrounded by friends + family. celebrating with food brats on the grill + budweiser american flag cans. or maybe that was just me.

[J] + I traveled three hours east, to spend the weekend with our friends. this is truly a classic case of time flies too quickly. they came to visit us in des moines last summer, and we’ve been talking about our return visit to see them since. we’ve stopped for dinners [on our trips home from chicago], but that’s not the same. we finally got there. and it was so much fun.

there was a tad lot of flooding as you got closer to the river, but that didn’t stop the baseball stadium from opening it’s doors on the fourth of july. it truly felt like we were on an island. thank goodness for extremely strong flood barriers.

travels // red, white, and on the go c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // red, white, and on the go.   travels // red, white, and on the go c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // red, white, and on the go c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // red, white, and on the go c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // red, white, and on the go c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // red, white, and on the go c/o LLinaBC.com

is it ok that [J] + I’s only independence day tradition is to drink budweiser because of it’s festive holiday cans? I’ll never understand our rhyme or reason, but a tradition is a tradition. and it held strong this year.

what are your fourth of july traditions?

happy tuesday.

stay tuned: a peek at my bridesmaids attire tomorrow!

the week in photos.

I hope you had the best independence day.

but more importantly, I hope you’re continuing the celebration into the weekend!

[J] & I are headed to my family reunion today. most people dread them, but I’m very much looking forward to it. and so is [J] ..he gets to golf all day.

but before we hit the road ..

the week in photos.

week in photos, july 5th // LLinaBC.com

my parents got a pair of new bikes. so [J] & I begged agreed to take their hand-me-downs. we went for a short ride on wednesday to test them out.

week in photos, july 5th // LLinaBC.com

you know the “I haven’t rode a bike since age 12, let’s see if I can still do this” ride? that was wednesday.

week in photos, july 5th // LLinaBC.com

since our joy ride was so successful. we decided to step it up on independence day. we dressed up in our red, white, & blue. and off we went ..

week in photos, july 5th // LLinaBC.com

ten miles later, we arrived at a parade. the kids were screaming for candy. but [J] & I were screaming for ..

week in photos, july 5th // LLinaBC.com

the bottles of water a local grocery store was handing out at the parade. what a genius idea!

then we had to ride ten miles back home ..

week in photos, july 5th // LLinaBC.com

we celebrated a successful return home with a glass of {grown-up pink lemonade}. and then I made a pitcher of it to take to the family reunion!

we must get on the road ..[thankful it’s only a two hour trip].

have the absolute best weekend.

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only in america.

I hope you’re celebrating america’s freedom today in all the necessary ways: grilled food, parades, outdoor activities, fireworks, and just enjoying this amazing country. wherever you may be.

4th of july // LLinaBC.com

4th of july // LLinaBC.com

do not forget to try this: {grown-up pink lemonade} cocktail. THREE ingredients. absolutely delicious. it’ll be a part of my celebratin’.

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side note.

last year, [J] & I were living in chicago during this holiday. and I wrote {this blog post}. [no judgments - I’ve come along way since then. especially in photo editing].

and the year before [2011], we were living in new york. and watching the fireworks over the hudson river.

4th of july // LLinaBC.com

wherever you are ..have the best independence day.

wear every piece of red, white, & blue clothing you own. [or just a swimming suit]. and enjoy yourself.

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[J] & I are laying low-ish today. but are heading out of town tomorrow!!

happy fourth of july!

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