Happy belated 4th of July!!! This felt like an extra long holiday weekend- I guess because it actually was. It was so nice having the holiday fall on a Sunday- both Ivan and I had off then on Monday in observance of the holiday.
(This is always a pet peeve of mine, especially with holidays that traditionally are celebrated “late” at night, like the 4th of July….who the heck then wants to get up on the 5th and go to work at 8 am?! I feel like all holidays should include the following day off as well. 😁)
My parents came on Friday and stayed for the whole weekend, and while in terms of festivities, we really kept it pretty low key, it still felt sort of like a flurry of lots of activity! It was great though.
I will spare you a 2,500 word post recapping everything we did, so I’m going to rely mostly on photos I think instead to hit the highlights. 🙂
SATURDAY was kind of a “working” day. My dad was helping with our garage project doing some electrical work for us, Ivan and his brother had a soccer game and my mom was helping me with some misc. projects around the yard. Our big ash tree is coming down soon, so I started working to move/ transplant some of these hostas from around the tree base.
It was HOT and it was a lot more work than it looked like to dig those out!! I made some progress but then called it quits and will finish another day.
SATURDAY NIGHT we had a bonfire! Ivan’s sister and brother stopped by too.
I built the fire. I may have gotten slightly carried away initially, lol!! It was nice, strong fire. 😉
My mom enjoying a moment of peace before everyone else came outside 🙂
Our neighbors shot off a ton of fireworks!! They were huge! We had a pretty good view right from our backyard at the bonfire. The boys were running all over to see various fireworks being shot off around the neighborhood.
The extent of our fireworks were some sparklers around the fire:
SUNDAY morning (the 4th of July) was a gorgeous summer morning- hot and sunny. Absolutely perfect “4th of July” feeling weather. We headed over to the marsh near our house for a little walk with my parents. They had never been there and I’ve always wanted to show them the nice little trail.
The rest of the day was pretty low key. Ivan actually had another (very hot) soccer game, but the rest of us stayed home and just mostly prepped food and stuff for our 4th of July dinner.
I made my version of shrimp cocktail/ceviche:
The rest of our menu was just hamburgers, hot dogs, sweet corn, chips, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries and some raspberry bars.
Asher and I threw together a little duet on the piano/ snare drum of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, which was fun. That was our first time ever attempting a piano/ drum duet. 🙂
The boys played quite a bit of badminton over the course of the weekend too.
We decided not to go to any local parades. It was just HOT and we have done that so many other years that we were okay sitting it out this year. We were even kind of lazy in terms of fireworks viewing…some surrounding communities I think have better fireworks, but we just opted for a local little show. They were nice- nothing to really write home about, but I still enjoyed them! 🙂
I think the nicest part was just hanging out for an hour waiting for them to start. It was such a beautiful, warm evening. We watched them from the high school parking lot and we had a great, comfortable spot on a curb with room to spread out.
The boys “decorated” this tree near us with glowsticks, haha! It was entertaining. Asher attempted to make a jump rope out of glow sticks, too. His results were…mediocre. 😉
I love these pictures of Ethan with his United States map t-shirt on. (He of course had to sneak in a little reading as we waited for fireworks.)
We hot tubbed it every night before bed which was so nice too. Lots of fireworks being shot off and stuff around the area made it feel very festive. 🙂
MONDAY we still had off. My parents left in the afternoon but then we had Ivan’s cousin + his aunt/uncle (who are here visiting from Mexico currently) over for a cookout Monday night. Which meant more prepping food, cleaning up the house, etc. 🙂 It was a lot of fun, though!
We made some blueberry bars this time for dessert. People gobbled them up! (served with vanilla ice cream)
The kids did some more sparklers.
It got to be a late night (at least 10:30-11 pm?) before they left, so I’m not super thrilled about jumping into work now this morning. But, I will anyway, because….I guess the weekend is finally over. 🙂
I am grateful for good holiday weather! (Actually was probably slightly too hot, but definitely great summertime weather.)