I love the 4th of July.
I love what it represents.
I love the colors.
I love the food.
I love the special family time.
We had a very low-key, but fun, 4th of July.
We started the day with our Donut Party.
Then, we went to Mt. Bonnell.
We had a fun snack that consisted of three salsas and a semi-red, white, and blue slush.
For dinner, we had grilled chicken, baked beans, potatoes, mushrooms, berries, and angel food cake.
We ended the day with fireworks and a little night time trampoline jumping.
It was a beautiful Independence Day, and it made me so thankful that we live in a country where we are blessed to enjoy family, food, fun, and freedom.
As I looked at our Summer Fun List, one of the things that I knew the littles would love was the donut party. Since I did not have any plans for a special red, white, and blue 4th of July breakfast, I knew that it would be a perfect day to set up a surprise breakfast for them.
While Sean and the kids slept in, I went to the grocery store and then the donut store.
I was able to get back and decorate the table before anyone woke up.
It was a perfect, fun way to start our Independence Day celebration.
One of the places that we have been visiting for over 6 years is Mt. Bonnell.
The littles love it.
We have gone when Summer was in my belly, when Summer was in a carrier looking up at me smiling, and when Ethan and Summer both needed piggy back rides.
One thing that has remained the same is how Gabriel always takes charge and leads the way. He is adventurous and loves to hike, explore, and enjoy the beautiful view.
This year, we went on the 4th of July. We knew that it would be a good way to exercise, explore, and have some family fun before going home to grill and wait for fireworks.
This year, there was also something special, something unique about it. Except for the couple of times that Sean put Ethan on his back to help him with difficult climbs, no one needed to be carried, given a piggy back ride, or stop for extended breaks.
We were a family of five hiking,
enjoying the view,
and having fun just being together.
It was a perfect day to stop and appreciate the beautiful city where we live as we soaked in our surroundings, fully appreciating the meaning of Independence Day.