The Fourth!

Happy Late Fourth!
We, like usual, were not at home to celebrate this holiday. We traveled north to Illinois to attend a wedding and to see family. As Brooks is getting older, I’m realizing how much I want him to have the same fun memories I had as a kid in rural America. So we made sure we were at my Grandma and Grandpa’s house on the Fourth to party with family. We arrived in the afternoon in time for a meal, a quick swim, and fireworks.
Fourth of July is not complete without a delicious spread . . .
family . . .
cheesy patriotic gear . . .
and cobbler.
Even Silas got his first taste of homemade cobbler (the blackberries were freshly picked by my mom).
The ducks got a chance to have a swim and entertained the kids (and adults) for awhile.
And like most places in the Eastern portion of the U.S., we had several days of 100+ heat. So, after our dinner we rinsed out the duck pool and filled it for the kids.
After their dip, we put on pj’s and got ready for bed.
But first we had a dance party to Disney classics. (Notice the old tape player. It is over 20 years old!)
We put Silas to bed and then headed to the fireworks show.
This lovely couple got married three days later which was the main reason we were in Illinois. Congratulations Abigail and Nathaniel!
Brooks sat in awe the entire show.
Wasn’t too bad of show considering we were in the middle of nowhere U.S.A.
Happy Fourth of July! (Can you see the silos in the back?)
The next day we hung out with some close friends. This is Elias . . .
and his sister Aurora. I’ve been friends with their Mama for a long time.
Alison and I meet in 5th grade and have been friends since. We’ve stayed close all these years despite me moving away when I was 16 and not living even remotely close to one another (when I moved back to Illinois she moved to California, and then I moved to D.C. and she moved to Seattle, and now she lives back in St.Louis and we live in the South). Someday we hope we can be closer, but until then we have to settle on twice a year visits.
Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday!