Recipe for a perfectly lovely 4th of July

standard July 5, 2008 4 responses

Take a warm sunny day. Mix it with no plans until the evening. Pull out a fun little inflatable kiddie pool. Fill said pool with water, add kids, watch them splash and have fun for hours. Sit in chair under brand new garden umbrella purchased at the ‘Holy Shit We Have To Set Out The Back To School Crap Tomorrow’ 4th of July Sale at Target. Drink a beer or two with good friends while sharing a pack of really stale graham crackers. (Hey! Never said I was gunning for Hostess of the Year.)

When the kids are all pruney and slightly purple wrap everyone in warm towels and sit a while longer in the sun. Then dress the lot of ’em and bundle everyone into the car and head over the hills to grandmother’s house for burgers and hotdogs. End the day with lots of rambunctious family time; playing with cousins, dipping toes in the pool, rolling down the hill, and stuffing faces with brownies and grilled meat.

Then drive home a sleepy crew and tuck everyone into their beds, worn out from the fun, happy and secure in the knowledge that tomorrow we get to do most of it all over again. Summer, thy name is bliss.

Happy 4th of July everyone. I hope that you were all able to enjoy some quality time with your family and loved ones today. And maybe that you got a little brownie or watermelon.

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Congratulations Paige! And big pats on the back to all of you beautiful human beings. Seriously impressed over here.

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4 responses

  • Oh, thank you! I can’t believe I won your contest? Best prize EVER? Oh, I can’t wait!

  • I think I slept as hard as my baby did last night. Was it the beer, the sun, or the all-day preparation for a picnic that took 2 cars to hold everything (for 2 adults and a 1yo!!)? Glad you and your family had a fun 4th!

  • Glad to hear y’all had a good 4th. There was a small-town picnic/fair over at the park here today to benefit the volunteer fire department and we went. The kids had a blast … especially when one the trucks opened up its hoses! 🙂

    Congratulations, Paige!

  • When the kids are all pruney and slightly purple wrap everyone in warm towels and sit a while longer in the sun. Then dress the lot of ’em and bundle everyone into the car and head over the hills to grandmother’s house for burgers and hotdogs. End the day with lots of rambunctious family time; playing with cousins, dipping toes in the pool, rolling down the hill, and stuffing faces with brownies and grilled meat.

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