It was a wonderful, warm (downright hot, really...) day and a perfect one for Barbecuing with family. We stayed in most of the day getting laundry done (thanks Justin!!), playing with Kenzie and relaxing on the couch together - a rarity since our schedules during triathlon season are hardly ever in sync. I love the days when we can take even a few moments to enjoy each others company and just sit together.
We ended our day with a barbecue at my younger sister's house. Usually we gather as a family at my parent's house. Mom and Dad do the grilling, Dad makes his special beans, and we all pitch in with something of our own to share. Well this year, Mom and Dad were out of town so we partied as sisters and hubbies instead. John and Abby grilled, I brought the beans (Dad's recipe of course!!) and Angie brought the fruit salad! Yum! Yum! We had a great time although I feel like we ate continuously from 6:00-9:00...we all had FULL bellies! Then it was off to find a fireworks show. What would the 4th of July be without a fireworks display!? We found one that was being set off around 104th up north. It was great though the kiddos seemed less than interested. It wasn't completely dark when the show started...bad if you like it dark...good if you have tired kids and a long drive home!
We parted ways and drove south just in time to catch the finale of the show at Bandimere Speedway. Talk about AWESOME!! I couldn't get my camera out fast enough to take any pictures but the show was spectacular. We had perfect timing as we drove right by on the highway and it felt as if we were in the middle of a firecracker! The streamers were showering down as if I could have reached my hand out and caught the sparkles. I have never seen a fireworks display appear so BIG! That's how close we were!!
Well, I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful 4th of July celebration too! I am thankful, and blessed to live in America! I appreciate the soldiers who fight for our freedom and pray for them and their families! God Bless America!
Happy 4th of July from my family to yours!