Traditions stick with you forever, and here’s why

What does the 4th mean to you?
Most people have traditions when it comes to the holidays, and these are the very things I look forward to every year. 

Traditions make you feel safe, and secure. They are passed down from generation to generation, and sometimes we create all together new ones. But they give you a sense of belonging, and something to look forward to every year. 

We live in Ohio so country is all around us. One of my best friends live in a little town called Belle Center about 10 minutes from our house. 
My grandma & grandpa lived outside of Belle Center their entire lives. My dad still lives there today. So for me, the fireworks actually began many, many years ago when I was a young girl. I remember sitting out there in my chair excitedly awaiting the events.  

The family would come and we would lay out our blankets, and our chairs and then we would proceed to run around like crazy kids until the fireworks finally started. Setting off firecrackers, running around getting burnt by sparklers, and the occasional smoke bomb. 

I hold these memories close to my heart. They bring with them a warm, fuzzy feeling. I felt happy during these times, and surrounded by love.

Now we’re the adults, and if I’m being honest, I have just as much fun as when I was kid. It’s a different fun, but it might even be more fun.
We head into my friends house at about 5:00

The population in Belle Center is roughly 830. They have 1 pizza place, 1 ice cream

Place, 1 little bar, and of course the little red mill. ( a little store, with a few essentials)

Every year there’s a festival down at the park. There are a few vendors for foods and drinks, along with a few games for the kids to play. There’s also some wrestling event that occurs every year, (I walk down and watch for a second, but people watching is more fun) but I’m not real big in men in tights ๐Ÿ˜€
By all means it’s a little janky, but it’s not the festival itself that holds the fun. The fireworks are phenomenal, they last for at least 30 minutes, and end with the one of biggest grand finales I have ever seen!
My excitement lies in seeing my daughter have fun with her friends. 

Spending time with my husband, just chilling and enjoying life. 

Laughing with my Girlfriend, as we reminisce about previous years. 

Hanging out on their front porch and watching everyone go by.

Drinking a few cold beverages and really being in the moment.
The tradition lies, in hanging out with the same people year, after year and laughing our asses off. The fun occurs within our hearts, and the smiles, fill up our souls until next year.
When you are a kid, there are certain things, like holidays that are imprinted on your soul. I love making new memories with my family and friends every year. I love creating new traditions with my family, knowing that one day my daughter will also carry these good feelings around inside of her. 
If you were to ask me what life’s all about, I would simply say it’s about love and relationships. 
It’s about surrounding yourself with people who fill your cup.
It’s about learning how to find your authentic voice and listen to it. 
Life isn’t about things, but it is about traditions, love, and leaving a legacy!
Tell me what tradition fill up your heart! ๐Ÿ’œ

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