Tuesday, July 9, 2013

An Easy 4th of July

We had an easy and laid back Fourth of July this year. Marc and I have been working pretty hard this summer, after an insanely busy school year with the kids. While the rest of you were at the pool, lake or taking a trip across the country, our family was lying around in our pajamas until 1 or 2 in the afternoon!

I even worked on the holiday. I kept wondering why no one would schedule appointments with me on Thursday, when someone finally reminded me it was a holiday. That's what you get when you're a WAHM who owns your own business, I guess. Every day is a work day, really! Finally, around 2PM I decided get off the computer and do some baking for our evening get together with my family.

I baked some blackberry cobbler (I used Pioneer Woman's cobbler recipe, but added a full two extra cups of berries) and a Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake with the fresh blueberries from our trip to Thunderbird Berry Farm. Once those were out of the oven, we headed over to my grandmother, Nana's house for an easy,  no frills get together.

Last year, we went out to the river to see the big fireworks show.

But this year, my Nana had her heart set on having her great grandchildren over to eat hot dogs and watch her neighborhood fireworks display. So we headed over early so she and my husband could play a long anticipated game of Gin Rummy.

He lost big time. If you know Nana, you know this is typical. I've only beat her three times since she taught me how to play as a child. One time she cussed me, the second time she called the next day to tell me I only beat her because she'd had a fever, and the third time she blamed her arthritis. Sadly for Marc, stellar poker skills do not translate to beating Nana in Gin.

Carter and Corrinne also invented their own card game, which they titled "I have no idea what the name of this game is!"

We ate our hot dogs and sat,

and sat,

and sat!

Finally, when the fireworks were about to start, some of us started showing some excitement.

Sometimes you just need holidays to be easy and enjoy the company of family instead of the impressiveness of the activity. I'm thankful that I have a family I love and that we enjoy spending time together.

Happy Independence, America (a few days late from Honeybee Mama)!

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