4th of July 2008... monsoon rolled in that night in Arizona (didn't see fireworks, but still had an off the hook party during the day)
4th 2009... rained in Oklahoma and we didn't see a show (we did our own in the rain though!)
2010...rain rain rain.
I was slightly disappointed it rained on our parade the last three years in a row but that didn't stop us from enjoying our time together as a family! And actually, thanks to the rain our celebration turned into two.. then three days. I think our country deserves a longer celebration anyway- hooray USA!
On the third...
On the third...
Chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast.. heaven on a fork. My two cents: rather than bake the chips into the mix and risk burning the chocolate (and making a mess of your pan) just cook the pancakes normally and put a handful of chocolate chips in between them when they are still hot. Nothing better!
We went to Toy Story 3- all three of us (for the first time ever) and it was a success! Brody sat through it all and even wanted more when it was over. We spent time at the park, Tony played basketball with his friends and later we got hot wings (my latest addiction). We picked up some sparklers at a stand and then swept by the local carnival/"art in the park" and got a snow cone at this cute stand. It was so wet all day but a great day it was.
The fourth was really chill... church, I made an excellent dinner (which I'll post a recipe soon... you gotta try it!), and we saw some fireworks from our 3rd floor view that were REALLY close so it was neat. It was the first year I watched all the firework shows on TV too (thank you rain).
I did have a break down though. ALL I wanted was to light sparklers. (Well that and eat watermelon.. which I've been eating all by myself since neither Tony nor Brody care for it) Anyway after we found out the fireworks show was postponed I knew I'd at LEAST get to enjoy my sparklers. One match turned into two which turned into seven.. and eventually the whole box. The sparklers we bought were DUDS (besides the one that showed some life by EXPLODING IN MY FACE)! My hopes and dreams of a spark flying night were dashed into oblivion within a few depressing minutes. I cried and Tony got a kick out of my sad prego-moment. Haha! (It's not usually like me to cry over sparklers) He was so sweet "you're so cute" he tells me. I felt semi cute until I looked at these pictures though... the stripes enhance the belly (not what I'm going for haha). Anyway. There's more where this came from but for another day.
festivities to be continued....