‘Merica’s Birthday Celebrations

The U.S. of A. is about to have another birthday which means family time, fireworks and BBQ. Here are a few events happening in the Bradenton/Sarasota/Beaches area that look like they would be pretty fun.

First there’s the Independence Day Celebration at McKechnie Field. Take in a baseball game complete with fan giveaways, fireworks and a post game concert by David Nail.

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If baseball isn’t your thing, there are extravagant (and FREE) fireworks shows at Sarasota Bay, Siesta Key, Bradenton and Palmetto. There is plenty of seating in the nearby parks, but get there early because spaces fill up fast! Unless of course you want to take your boat, or a friend’s, and have a little viewing party from the water!

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Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key really know how to throw a birthday party. First the city comes together to celebrate with a fantastic parade, followed by music, food and fireworks!

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Take your pick and enjoy the holiday! Happy birthday ‘Merica!

Kitten Crazy Level: Plastic Wrap

I’ve been a little silent recently because I’ve had a monumental amount of school work. Recently though, I was able to make a trip to Ikea (love that place!) to buy some mattresses. Their mattresses come in impossibly tight rolls covered in plastic. I ended up with four pieces of plastic and a large blue tarp, from the box spring, all in one big pile. For most people, that’s just a big pile of garbage. For Kitten, that is heaven. Crazy, Cross-eyed Heaven. So to apologize for my absence, I give you a few pictures of my immensely adorable Kitten…

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Just. Tired.

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Forget “Happy as a pig in mud.” Now it’s “Happy as a Kitten with plastic.”

DeSoto Heritage Festival

I have a love/hate relationship with the DeSoto 5k. The thing that makes this race unique/fun/intimidating is that the whole course is lined with people..

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That’s me in the orange shirt. We can pretend I am in first place if you ignore the older lady that you see way ahead of me.. Anyway, unless you’re this guy…

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… then you are probably not really, really ridiculously good-looking when you run. I look gross, sweaty and like I might die at any moment..

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… so the crowds can be pretty intimidating. That’s the hate part. The love part is that the people are also a great motivator. They are clapping and cheering the whole time. Plus there are lots of little kids that want high-fives along the way, like you’re some kind of pro-athlete. It’s very cute. I was also blessed enough to have some of my own family there…

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Plus a new friend! Overall, it was a great race, and I would recommend it to anyone…. and now for one more ridiculously good-looking guy meme…

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Endless (Disney) Love

I love Disney as much as the next person, but this is intense. I saw this story on Yahoo and I’m not sure if it is really really cool or really weird different… I think I’m siding with really really cool on this one. I mean, there’s no way I would have a wedding like this, but good for her!

This girl went about as all out as you can with a Disney themed wedding. Not only did she have the same bright red, Ariel hued hair…

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She combed it with a fork!

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Instead of having table numbers, each table had a different Disney Princess theme..

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Then there’s the wedding party…

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How much do you think those little girls LOVED dressing up that day? The guys even seem to be good sports about it all.

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I suppose I don’t even need to say where they spent their honeymoon…

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What do you think? Ultra tacky or so adorable?

You can find the original story here.