I'm tad late to the holiday recap, but I've been busy still vacationing! This year we celebrated our beautiful country up at my parent's lake house! One of my brothers & his family joined us, so the noise level was a bit out of control with lots of little ones running around! The weather remained in the upper 90s, so there was plenty of boating, swimming, & tubing! If Liam wasn't on the tube himself, he was the official flagger. Well tubing or flagging, he was all business!
Oneof the mornings Conor & Liam hit the local hardware store for some brand new fishing gear. I have spent countless hours fishing off this same dock throughout my entire childhood. Many a sunfish & perch have been caught, with the occasional rainbow trout or catfish. I was all about the worms & the hooks, while my brother was terrified of both. I always had to bait his hook for him as well as get the fish off. Well, it turns out Liam takes after his Uncle Ryan. He pretty much wanted nothing to do with worms or hooks & refused to touch both. He was also much more interested in some skinny dipping rather than fishing. Nonetheless, with a little help from Conor, Liam caught his first sunfish! I can't wait for many more morning spent this exact way!
The morning of the actual 4th, we went "downtown" (1 stop light, 4 bars, hardware store, pizza place, & icecream shop...all the essentials really) for the local parade. Liam loved all the firetrucks & police cars! Finn snoozed away while big brother frantically chased down candy that was thrown our way. I've never been a big parade fan myself, but I'll go for the candy!
There is something really special about celebrating the 4th in small town America! It's a good reminder to slow down your pace of life, & truly appreciate this wonderful country that we have the privilege of living in. It's all about saying hi to your neighbor and seeing familiar faces wherever you go. I can't imagine celebrating any other way; this small little lake town just feels patriotic!
After naptime for nearly everyone (Pops included), we boated the afternoon away. Many cocktails & beers were slinged back! The boys smoked ribs & chicken for dinner to go along with the best ever potato salad (a slighter altervered version of the pioneer woman's recipe...perhaps I will share another day) & some watermelon. Just a classic American barbecue dinner!
Then I would love to tell you how we had this amazing night together watching fireworks...the last quintessential part of the 4th of July! But instead, I put Liam to bed. He had been up far too late the night before, and it was showing. Meltdowns were coming on far too easily! I didn't want to have another rough day, so instead of letting him stay up late for an after dark boat cruise & fireworks show, he went right to bed. I spent most of my evening getting both boys to sleep, then realizing everyone was out of the boat, I simply stayed curled up with Liam. While trying to fall asleep myself, the mom guilt hit. I felt like I was depriving Liam of an experience, and that bedtime wasn't a big deal even though he obviously needed the sleep. I was far more upset about it than I should have been. Thank you once again post partum hormones! Luckily, I will get a re-do with Liam & fireworks since his birthday is at the end of the month and lands on Pioneer Day (a strange mormon holiday, but it involves plenty of fireworks!)
The rest of the weekend, Conor & Pops worked on building a tree house! Conor designed the whole thing, and the finished product was quite impressive. It even has a trap door! Hopefully it's at least another 18 years before Liam is having beers in it...so for now, the adults will take over that duty! It's about 6 feet off the ground, so my parent's landscaper (AKA "Scaper") added a beautiful sand pit below. It's bordered with huge boulders, making it blend perfectly into the wooded area. This is such a special addition to the lake house property; I can't wait to take Liam back to the lake so he can fully enjoy it. I can already hear his sweet voice & all the imaginative play that will happen up there!
This 4th of July celebration was one of my favorites to date (minus the whole fireworks deprivation of course)! Seeing Liam with his grandparents & cousins is so heartwarming! It only makes that desire to live closer even stronger. But the distance also makes each moment even sweeter since they are treasured more!
Now we are in Montana with Conor's family and enjoying even more family time.
New cousins & all!