Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Independence Day!

The fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays and I think the reason why is because it's so "American." A lot of people say that about Thanksgiving, but it's just not the same. Maybe because the 4th is so closely tied to "American" traditions like grilling, family, relaxing, red, white and blue, fireworks and patriotic parades. Those things seem more "American" to me than eating turkey...I don't know. Anyway, it's been a favorite holiday of mine since I was a kid. We've always had a BBQ on the 4th and ate yummy desserts like s'mores and strawberry shortcake.

This year we spent the holiday weekend at the shore with my family. It was loads of fun. We went to the pool, the beach (which was ridiculously crowded), the boardwalk for ice cream, played board games, Chris enjoyed tennis, took walks, watched fireworks from the beach, and laid exhausted babies to bed way past their bedtime :) Here are some of pictures from our weekend.

Walking the dogs or are the dogs walking them???
My siblings playing Blockus which is officially one of my favorite games
Playing with his uncle
This pretty much sums up Duke's craziness...
Don't be fooled, he's not as innocent as he looks ;0
Getting ice cream on the boardwalk
In their matching shirts
The boys
In our red, white and blue :)
Pool time with mommy!
The beach was so crowded we couldn't put up an umbrella
 So how did you spend the 4th and what are your traditions? Please share!


  1. What a beautiful family you have! I am visiting via your comment at Enjoying the Small things. Isn't that the best blog ever? : )

    We always go over to my parents for a cook out. It was delicious and fun : ) and then we go and watch fireworks!

    I love the fourth of July! Nice to meet you today!

  2. what beach do you go to? its so pretty!!
    ive never seen a pool like that down the shoree...

  3. life w/kaishon thanks for sharing! yes, i love enjoying the small things.

    anonymous-i'd rather not share the location of the beach online (for security reasons), but i will say it's on the west coast.