Monday, July 7, 2008

Yay for the Stars and Stripes...


because that meant no work-just lots of food, fireworks and family!
Ours would not be the same with out the parade!! I've gone to it every year of my existence, so we had to keep the tradition alive.


And if the parade started to lose its appeal, Twinkle Toes knew how to work the crowd!



Every year we get a picture with the Star Wars gang. Why? Because for some reason when you're at a parade amidst all the craziness you are free to act as crazy as them! May the force be with you Collin!



Quincey striking a pose and Yaya (my mom) having flashbacks of holding me while looking at those chubby cheeks! Avery with Gigi-who I'm sure was teaching her all about the Declaration of Independence or what the symbols of the flag mean or why there's a giant monkey floating by.



Ashley and Chris weren't in the parade although you may have caught their killer performances in the Stadium of Fire with... ahem Miley Cyrus. My sister apparently left her pride at home showing up in pink and yellow-didn't mom teach you anything? hehe ;)

We hope you had a fabulous 4th of July!


PS Random Question
Does anyone recommend a company that prints out your blog for you?

38 comments:

Heather said...

Elizabeth,

What cute pics! Your two girls are just adorable. Have you checked out blurb.com for your blog book? Someone told me about it, but I haven't tried it. :)

Jennie said...

was also going to recommend blurb.com. i haven't used it personally yet, but check out this post for more details: http://thepigbear.blogspot.com/2008/01/smiles.html

Sara Ancich said...

Where was this fabulous parade? I started one of my own this year in my own neighborhood...would love to get the amount of spectators yours had for next year! I guess I shouldn't be too hard on myself, afterall it was only the 1st annual!

Reina said...

I also would go with blurb.com to print your blog.

Karen said...

great photos of the fam. glad you had a happy 4th!

xoxo

Sara Ancich said...

One more thing...How did you "widen" your blog? It is very reader-friendly. I would love to cut out the unused space on mine too. Thanks.

Em said...

I'm with everyone else. Blurb.com. I haven't found anywhere else or tried it out myself but you can pretty much make any kind of book on there including blogs, and recipe books.

erica grover said...

looks like a fun fourth.

blog printing = BLURB totally rocks!

Latrice said...

Good question Lizzy!! I've been wanting to print out my blog too!!Thanks for the responses.

Love your parade pics. You guys are all too cute!

ARob said...

I haven't used blurb for blog printing, although I know they do it, and it's part of my plan for the year too! But, I have used them to create some other books that turned out awesome!!

angie said...

great pictures!!!....looks like all of you had a great time!...the little one is growing too fast and you LOOK GREAT!!!....
;) angie/(AMR & CKMB) craftyscrapr

Amy Hummel said...

I was just going to comment to use Blurb. I'm in the process of making one but haven't had it printed. However, a friend has hers printed, and it's such great quality! I'd definitely recommend them!

Sarah said...

My friend just blogged about this subject the other day. Apparently she found an awesome place called Blogs2books. Read her post here: http://gibsongrapevine.blogspot.com/2008/07/my-new-best-friend.html

She has a link on her blog if you want to check it out.

Shannon said...

We use blurb. We have had 2 blurb books printed and they turned out great.My husband is the one who made them but I think it is pretty user friendly. I love my blog books!

andrea said...

I along with the rest :) My sister just printed from blurb and it turned out great. We will be doing mine soon!

Becky said...

Thanks for asking this question and thanks everyone for their responses. I've been trying to find a company like this forever. Already checked it out and started. Only problem - has anyone had a problem with Blurb stating that you need to update your blog when they go to create the book? The software looks incredibly simple and I'm really excited - just need to figure out what they want with the whole "update" issue?

pennymalley said...

Umm... Miley Cyrus?? You know people who know Miley?? My 8 year old is just in awe of her! :)
Fun 4th pics!!

Tracey Locher said...

I was also wondering about printing my blog... I was thinking it could be a fun new Christmas gift/tradition for the family... an annual copy of the blog book for our library that we can go over while everyone is home for the holidays! Also catching up on your blog... BEAUTIFUL pictures of the baby (you look FANTASTIC!) and lots of fun at the parade!

pakosta said...

blurb.com is supposed to be fabulous! and i saw a photo book my friend had done there that was exceptional!
tara

Tales from the Crib said...

Adorable!

I actually just posted a blog about my first printed blog book:
http://crib-tales.blogspot.com/2008/06/printed-blog.html

I love the results from Blog-2-Print from SharedBook:
http://blogger.sharedbook.com/serve/blog2go/bridge.html?blog_domain=crib-tales.blogspot.com&account_id=9fd45891f22c57f46c8a8b8629a1e84e

Hope my links aren't too long! I recently had 2006 printed and am super happy with it. I need to get 2007 printed now that I know the results are so good!

EmmaJ said...

WOW, that must have been the hardest Stadium of Fire to get tickets for yet! I miss the 4th of July parades in Utah

The Boys Mommy said...

Thanks so much for asking this question and thanks so much for all your answers! I'm so excited to make my own blog book! Now I don't need to feel so guilty about blogging more than scrapping!

Thanks again for being such an inspiration!!

Sophia said...

Looks like you all had a fab 4th July.

Pls tell my what is the Shades of Summer about...?

Melanie B said...

What a great day!! I can't wait to do a 4th of July one day over there!! I was going to suggest Blurb too as I have heard great things....oops too late!! Have a great week, great shots. Mxx

Jill said...

I love Avery's 4th of July dress. So patriotic. Did you make it?

And I would like to know how you widened your screen as well!

the happy thomas family said...

i love blurb.com for printing in book form. such sweet girls you have! what a lovely family...

Ginger said...

ok...was going to mention blurb.com...but see it's already been done.

I had my blog printed by them last year and was very pleased with the outcome and the cost.

Callista said...

very cute pics from your 4th!
Had you been in Seattle, I would proabably have known the guy in the Darth Vader costume. Ha ha! My dh is a stormtrooper in his spare time.

Becky said...

you may want to look at mypublisher.com I have not used them myself but my sister has liked them.

Mandi said...

Those pics looks like an awesome time! Really a lot of good ol american fun. :)

Kass Martin said...

I love the 4th. There is nothing like it. I totally want in on the shades of summer. That is adorable and the shades look so sassy!

Kit said...

Hey Lizzie. . The parade was so much fun, as usual, Did you or Camille get a pic of Matt with a Llama? I missed that photo op this year. Will you send me all your 4th pics via email so I can take a peek? I wish I'd have pulled out the camera at the BBQ too.....
Love you...Mom

Anonymous said...

I love your blog. So glad I found it. Congrats on your new addition. Just wandering where you bought those yellow sunglasses. I truly want a pair. If you could please let me know. Please keep up the goodness in your life. Thank you. Wanda

michelle said...

I was going to mention blurb.com again... totally easy (though you might have to re-size some of your pics if they're too small/pixelated for the layouts you chose).

Dianne K. Nelson said...

And I got to meet you just before the parade! (I'm sort of embarrassed about being just a "blog-stalker").

I've also heard good things about blurb.com, but haven't actually tried them. I have heard you can copy your blog exactly onto a word press blog and have another backup.

I'm glad you enjoyed the parade! It looks like we missed out on the fun. (I chose to go back to my in-laws and nap...it was a long drive from Oregon).

Take Care!
Dianne

THE FAMILY OF OAK said...

ok, seriously. How do you look SO fantastic after just having a baby?

THE FAMILY OF OAK said...

ok, seriously. How do you look SO fantastic after just having a baby?

Titelaine said...

your mini album and your "mini me" are so beautifull!! and your pictures are always so "wow"!!