Red, White & True Blue: Happy Independence Day from T.O.A.D.!

As a child, 4th of July always felt like the official kick off to summer and summer felt like freedom.  Freedom from responsibility, schedules, winter coats and scarves and bedtimes. 

For the past few years we have enjoyed doing a 4th of July photo shoot with our children. We love dressing our kids in red, white and blue. Denim, overalls and a classic tee just give that Americana vibe.

We just enjoy our children running around wild and free and making summer memories.

This year we were lucky enough to be able to use Charlyn's truck and did our shoot on her mother in law's property. Carmen had just gotten a puppy a couple days prior and of course Mr. Ziggy Black Stardust had to be part of the fun. Our photo shoots are always meant to be play dates as well. The kids were jumping on the trampoline, climbed trees, ate mulberries off the tree, played with Ziggy and the other dogs and ate way too many popsicles...

The summer traditions that we enjoyed as children carry happy memories and linger in our souls.  Like writing your name in the air with a sparkler, watermelon and water balloon fights, the tick-tick-tick of a water sprinkler, the smell of fireworks and the crackle in the air, ice cream trucks and popsicles, parades and carnivals and long summer nights.

Now we love watching our children's faces, turned up towards the sky, eyes wide, marveling at the pyrotechnics.  We watch them run and play without a care in the world.  They are free.

Cash, Linus, Jett, Malina, Sidney and CJ are wishing you a wonderful 4th of July!

Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer.
— Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible
— Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

Youth is fleeting, the summer eventually comes to an end, but the memories will last forever.  

Wishing you and your children a magical summer!

Peace, Love & Popsicles

Jamie SkripacComment