How I spent my 4th of July weekend.

We’ve had a big time the past few days.  Chad’s mom Vonnie had a milestone birthday on Friday and we arranged for a very close friend of hers to fly into town from Toronto to visit with her this weekend. It meant getting together with friends for breakfast and hosting a birthday BBQ for her on Friday night. It was a gorgeous weekend, the kind that reminds you why in the world you ever moved to this grey, rainy corner of the country in the first place.

The birthday girl, Vonnie.

The birthday girl, Vonnie.

Cynthia

Cynthia

Cynthia's hubby, Rick - our resident electrician.

Cynthia's hubby, Rick - our resident electrician.

Dana, who surprised us with the news that she got engaged last weekend - Congrats, Dana and Ned!!!

Dana, who surprised us with the news that she got engaged last weekend - Congrats, Dana and Ned!!!

Gwen, Jane and Sherry (our surprise guest) Jack and Clara.

Gwen, Jane and Sherry (our surprise guest) Jack and Clara.

Josh (Jane's hubby) and Ryan (Jack's daddy).

Josh (Jane's hubby) and Ryan (Jack's daddy).

Susie, Jane's mommy, who became a grandmother for a second time on the 4th when Jane had her baby girl, Payton. Congrats Jane, Josh, Sawyer and Payton!!!

Susie, Jane's mommy, who became a grandmother for a second time on the 4th when Jane had her baby girl, Payton. Congrats Jane, Josh, Sawyer and Payton!!!

Clara in the pool doing her best impersonation of a duck, i guess.

Clara in the pool doing her best impersonation of a duck, i guess.

Saturday, the 4th, was spend in our traditional manner at a friend’s parents’ property with a private beach right on the Puget Sound which allows for the viewing of three different firework shows in nearby cities and neighborhoods. This is not to mention the firework show that happens right in front of us on the beach thanks to our friend Dan who has mastermind a barge that held 22,000 (yes, thousand) bottle rockets this year. Its “meger” beginnings three years ago included only 10,000 bottle rockets. I’ve missed this show the last few years as I’ve always had to get home to put Clara down for bed. This year, I really wanted to see it, so we let her stay up WAY past her bedtime

I made a kick-a** pot of meatballs in a sweet sauce and two batches of hush puppies for the gathering. It was all gone in 15 minutes or less and people were raving. Always makes me proud to be Southerner when I get the opportunity to share our food that way. And, low and behold, Southerners began coming out of the woodwork. There was a woman from Alabama, a Texan, a couple who’d recently moved from Virginia and a woman whose brother currently lives in Marietta, GA (where I grew up)!  Hush puppies just have that effect on people, I guess.

I enjoyed myself so much, that I never even bothered to pull out my camera. Thankfully, a good friend Erik Seo – who is an AMAZING photographer – did that job for me. Please check out the link to his blog below to see how we spent our 4th celebrating the country’s birthday.

A couple friends also got video footage of the bottle rocket barge in action and I will try to put the video or a link to it up on my blog once they start publishing them. It was a really awesome sight (as you can see from Erik’s photos).

Click here to check out Erik’s blog!

One Response to “How I spent my 4th of July weekend.”

  1. Erik Seo Says:

    You forgot about Maria’s video at:
    http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=100359532987#/video/video.php?v=96224459212&ref=mf

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