The Fourth of July is always really hectic for us. Usually it involves getting up at the crack of dawn so I can run a race and/or we can snag a good spot on the beach where we camp out all day waiting for fireworks. Usually we end up tired and cranky from dealing with the crowds.
So we were really excited when we realized that we would probably be able to see fireworks from our new house, without having to pack a cooler for the day. Some neighborhood reconnaissance confirmed that fireworks, while maybe not visible from our backyard, were certainly so from across the street, or at the top of the street. Which meant, for the first time in years, we got to enjoy the holiday in a relaxed manor, in the comfort of our own home.
I started the day off by preparing a special Independence Day breakfast for the boys and myself. Red, White, and Blue-berry pancakes!
Then, because I didn't sign up for a race this year, and because Thatbaby has been asking to run with me all week, the two of us went for a run. We ran all the way to Target and picked up some flags to decorate with before running back home. Thatbaby really got into the whole flag waving aspect of the holiday.
We spent the rest of the morning unpacking Thatbaby's room. Because we've been here a month and it's still in boxes. Poor kid.
In the afternoon, we started preparing for festivities. Which means Thatboy got his very first grill experience with our new barbecue.
And I pulled the watermelon out of the freezer.
That ice cold watermelon didn't stand a chance. Even before it hit the table the boys were digging in. We blew up Thatbaby's new pool and filled it up so everyone could stay cool.
Even Thatdog got to enjoy some holiday watermelon. But not the pool. Thatdog hates water. He was content hanging out on the grass and keeping an eye on us.
The Ks were in town, so later in the evening, they stopped by to join us. We threw both boys in the pool to cool down.
When it started getting dark, our neighbor came over to check in on us and bring by some drinks. I popped open some of the glow treats I got for the boys.