I don't really remember how I spent the 4th of July as a kid. Hell, I don't remember a lot of things from when I was a kid mostly because I've blocked a lot of memories out, although not on purpose. I do, however, remember this one particular 4th being so much fun. I'd gone with my mom, my childhood best friend, and her mom to the lake where my friend's grandparents had a condo. We spent the afternoon fishing on the pier. It was the first time I'd ever touched live worms and baited my own hook. I don't remember catching anything but it was fun none the less. Then, at dusk we got on the boat and went out to the middle of the lake. We watched the fireworks right there from the back of the boat and I remember feeling like it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. Although I've never done it since, I still say that watching fireworks from the back of a boat is the only way to go.
Now that I've got a family of my own, it is really important to me to make memories and start traditions for our little family. It seems as though every year it gets harder and harder to do that because our extended families are so blended. We feel like we are being pulled in a million different directions each time a holiday comes around. We love spending time with each and every person in our family but sometimes the logistics of it can be so overwhelming! Oh how I wish that both sets of my parents and my in laws all got along with each other like one big happy family. That way we could all celebrate together. Only in a perfect world I guess!
Hubby & I have stopped trying to please everyone by spending time with everyone for every holiday. We just can't do it anymore because we end up miserable pleasing everyone but ourselves. So this July 4th, we stayed HOME. No one in this house got much sleep last night and some of us, ahem, may have been a bit cranky. Plus, the weather round these parts was pretty gloomy.We stayed in our PJ's, played race cars, pretended to have our own beauty shop and made a cheesecake. We finally ventured out of the house around 8:45 to catch some fireworks. We didn't do anything extraordinary but we made memories together, just the four of us. To me, it was perfect.They at least pretend to like each other. Thank you hubby for the yummy steak & sausage dinner! Yum Yum Cherry Cheesecake! Ready to see some fireworks! Hubby & I My <3's Yep, I put em in the trunk to watch the show. So? Put my hubby in there too. And?? You can see the Ahhh! and the OOoo! on their faces! What a great show! Happy 4th of July!!
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