Monday, July 13, 2015

4th of July 2015

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!

13 comments :

  1. So fun! I'm with Liam... I wouldn't want to touch the worms either ;). Mama guilt is so real! But at least he will get fireworks on his birthday! Pioneer Day is a funny holiday huh? Being raised Mormon on the east coast it was never a big deal at all! I actually don't remember it growing up. I've heard they are doing more on the east coast these days, but out west it's huge!

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  2. The family photos are just beautiful! What a fun time, and I love all the flag themed outfits :)

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  3. Looks like a fabulous 4th, lady! I totally agree that small towns are fabulous during the 4th. we were in Breckenridge and the town put on a fun parade and it was so sweet and memorable. Love the dress you are wearing!

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  4. The pictures of the four of you are fabulous - well all the photos are fabulous actually! I love small town times - there's just something about them, you're so right!

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  5. What a perfect 4th of July!! We spent all of our summers growing up in a small beach town in Northern Michigan and it really does make for the best memories! LOVE the tree house and please do share the potato salad recipe!

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  6. That sounds amazing. There are plenty of opportunities for fireworks too! We went back and forth about seeing some, but in the end bedtime is pretty needed around here since Aria doesn't nap anymore. We'll just have to see some another time.

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  7. What a PERFECT 4th of July weekend... it really doesn't get better than small town celebrations and the lake with family! I hear ya on putting the kids to bed... Mia definitely didn't stay up for fireworks and I don't feel guilty about it at all! She didn't know what she was missing and it makes life much happier for all when she gets her sleep, ha ha!

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  8. Despite the lack of fireworks on the 4th, your 4th sounded like so much fun! I love all the festive outfits and the food and it does sound like you guys had fun. On the plus side, it seems like Liam didn't mind missing the fireworks and the fact that he will get them on his birthday is an extra special bonus! Sounds like next year's 4th will be amazing with fireworks AND that awesome tree house!

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  9. You got some amazing family pictures there friend! Lily hasn't ever seen fireworks. It always happens that we are traveling the weekend of the 4th so naps & bedtime are off and by the time fireworks roll around we have just reached out max and it becomes not worth it. I definitely feel like I'm depriving her but I also know she'll enjoy the other memories so much more if she is well rested. Looking forward to hearing about Liam's firework show during his birthday weekend! :)

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  10. Such a lovely weekend. Don't feel bad - we didn't do fireworks with Mac this year either. We put both the kids to bed early after a long exhausting day on the river. There's always next year. And truthfully, I was a little worried that they'd be loud and scare him - lately he gets really nervous about thunder or loud noises. I'm just glad they both slept through all the noise!

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  11. Mom guilt be darned - it gets the best of us sometimes! Liam had just as much fun cuddling with mommy as he would have listening to loud fireworks, I'm sure. Your pictures are so lovely, friend. Looks like you and your family had a great time!

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  12. Such sweetness, such adventure...!!! Lake house LOVELINESS in these beautiful photos! xx

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  13. So glad y'all are having such a wonderful time! Lake days are always so busy and fun!

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