Earlier in the week, the kids and I sat down and planned our menu...
My best friend Marian made the trip. And she came bearing gifts!
Sunday morning, we decorated and spent the day in the kitchen preparing for our guests.
Peyton made yummy treats like Red, White, and Blue Rice Krispies, and Festive M-n-M cookies. Madison made her famous holiday tarts. And Flynn added some festive candy. : )
Soon enough, it was time to get dressed in our red, white, and blue.
A few pictures before everyone arrived...
And then some as they did!
My beautiful mom was happy to visit with our dear friend Blueberry Mary...
My super sweet friend Heather and her fun husband Dave joined us...
And I was thrilled that my two special friends could meet. : )
Outside, the grilling began.
And apparently...Nicolas was happy to give Steve some tips on grilling the perfect burgers. : )
Celebrating their second Fourth of July together. : )
After an amazing meal, we headed outside...
Where the sky started out like this...
And became this...
We snapped a few pictures like this one...
And this one of Margie and her hubby Chris.
Then it was time for Flynn's favorite part.
Right before this, she said to me, "Mommy, I love this day!"
Steve and Rhett set off some fun fireworks on our driveway...
And they were pretty good!
Maybe my favorite photo of the night...
My baby Flynn and my mom. : )
After our little fireworks, it was time to watch the big ones.
They were beautiful.
And Rhett used his Bluetooth speaker and his phone to play the best patriotic music to go along.
I didn't take a single picture of the big fireworks.
Being IN the moment.
And it was good.
It was a wonderful evening with my people.
I am so happy that we celebrate on the third.
Because on the Fourth...we rest.
It is a day of naps, movies, and leftovers.
And Peyton's Strawberry Pie.
Hope you had a wonderful time with the ones you love, my friends.
Thanks for visiting.
I'm always glad you do. : )