July 05, 2007

Happy Independence Day!

We enjoyed our traditional neighborhood breakfast (pancakes, bacon, sausage, fruit, danishes, muffins, milk and orange juice), flag ceremony, and kids' parade, followed by shaved iced.... a necessity at that point.

Jack and Mary were pleased to decorate their bikes and ride in the (thankfully, very short) parade.

Collin missed it this year because he is spending the (entire!) week with his cousins at our family cabin. It's been strange having him gone, and we miss him. I hear he has been a little homesick. We will be glad to have him back on Saturday.

After the parade, we chilled out for a while, ate lunch, took naps (a must for the kids since we knew it would be a very late night), and then joined the Thomases for swimming, and a delicious meal of grilled chicken, hot dogs, fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, cherries, strawberries, and grapes), "Cowboy Caviar," chips, homemade rootbeer, Izze, and frosted sugar cookies. We had to leave before tasting the cheesecake (decorated in "stars and stripes") in order to meet up with Jay's family for Icees, salt water taffy, and fireworks.

Good grief. I ate a lot of food yesterday. But I did NOT eat cheesecake.

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