I know this post is a little late.. Silly momma forgot the USB cord for her camera in the rush of packing!

First, let me start off by wishing you all a very happy 4th. I hope you all had a chance to relax, spend some time with family and enjoy great food. I found this quote that I thought put this day into words better than I could.

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Last year is such a blur with me recovering from a c-section and having a newborn in the house. I do remember it being important for P to have a cute outfit and to do his first, of many, in home photo shoots. I even made my Mom and Rob head out to find a chalkboard for me. #babycametwoweeksearly

Ahhh, pictures were so much easier back then when he would pose for as long as we needed 😉

This is officially Parker’s second first holiday. I know, a little much but I was very excited about it and my family went along with it too 🙂 Isn’t it amazing how much they can grow in their first year?!?

This year we decided to head to NJ for the 4th to celebrate.  Rob worked nights last week so he got off Wednesday morning and we headed out right after he got home. It always works out really nice that way because we miss the morning traffic, P usually sleeps for a little while in the car and we get to my parents house at a decent time.

We relaxed on the 4th and took a trip to Rices which is always a good time. I found a pretty awesome hat for BlogHer’13 next month and we picked up an old school Fisher Price Crazy Combo set for Parker! While we were there, he was home helping Big Chief put together his custom made water table.

I thought it fitting to head up to the Firehouse and take some photos of P in his adorable and festive romper. I brought along our smaller chalkboard because it transports a little nicer. He did pretty well despite the heat.

And what’s a visit home to NJ without a trip to Hobby Lobby, quite possibly my FAVORITE store ever! We scored some amazing deals on items for Parker’s big boy room (airplane theme of course) and his play area. The crayon pieces were on clearance for $1-$3. The two airplanes were 50% off and the set of drawers was 66% off. I had been eyeing that for months and was giddy when I saw it on clearance. Don’t forget to follow My Crafting Attic along so you can see what I do with all of these amazing pieces in the next few months!