After we left Jefferson City, Mo. where Cousin Skip lives, We traveled to Indiana to spend a fun 4th of July and longer with Jeffs cousin Jim and wife Judy. Jim is Skips older brother.
I had heard how Jim and Judy enjoy the 4th of July and always have a big celebration, I had never seen a yard and house so fully decorated with the Red, White and Blue patriotic theme. It was absolutely beautiful and we had the worlds best time celebrating with them, their family and friends.
I started to count the flags and I gave up after 100 +.
|You can see who gets the attention in this house!|
|Judy enjoying time with the baby, Great Granddaughter.|
Tana is Jim and Judy's daughter,
the mother of their two grandsons.
|Wyatt their oldest grandson with his daughter.|
|Cameron their youngest Grandson.|
|Precious baby girl all dressed for 4th of July.|
|I love all that beautiful long red hair of mom tenderly feeding her baby.|
The big attraction when we first got to Jim and Judy's was a flower by their house they called , "9 O'clock" flower.
I was intrigued by this flower. At 9 PM every evening, these little buds open up to a bright yellow flower. It only takes about 30 seconds for the bud to open. Notice below, It is like the stamen turnes and they pop open. They are open all night and the next day they are starting to dry up and getting ready for a whole new batch of buds to open. We made sure to watch this amazing plant every evening at "9 O'Clock".
4th of July in Marengo, Indiana was one very big event. This town is not that big, population about 800. My husband Jeff used to live in this very town for several of his childhood years. He spent many hours playing with his older cousins Jim and Skip who also lived in Marengo.
This celebration started with a charity walk/run with several hundred participants. They had bands, street dance, a small old fashioned carnival. Games for the children, a very nice parade, antique car show, flea market, lots of food, funnel cakes, home made Ice Cream and more.
|This is a very special car, owned by none other than, Jim and Judy. He had a Firebird in their first years of marriage and still cherishes this car, takes great care of it and|
drives it every year in the 4th July parade.
|I thought this was a cool entry in the parade.|
|WOW! Jim even won a trophy for entering his "Firebird". |
We are all proud of you Jim.
|Cousins Jeff and Jim catching up on old memories.|
They spent many hours visiting.
|Another picture of the four of us. |
Thank You Jim and Judy for the invitation
and for being such great hosts and great friends.
|This is Skips youngest son, Scott and his mother Susan.|
This is Judy's nephew, his wife and children.
They have three beautiful children, the girls are twins.
|How about that t-shirt? very cute! and patriotic dresses too.|
Such cute, sweet little girls.
Below is Judy's sister Claudette enjoying grandma time with one of her granddaughters.
Judy's daughter Tana enjoying some
special time with her granddaughter.
|Tana's husband enjoying some Grandpa time as sweet baby catches a nap. Grandpa's lap must be comfy.|
|Judy with her Cousin and Aunt.|
|Just to prove there really were fireworks. |
Yes, 3 nights in a row!
Only one night from the town of Marengo.
Below are a couple pictures of Marengo.
|As my husband looked at this building, he quoted the Forrest Gump movie, |
"Sometimes there is just not enough rocks."
|I just had to add this fun picture of me in this very cool red vintage car. I would have bought it but there wasn't enough room in our garage. LOL! Good excuse, right?|