4th Of July Weekend

Since my mom and I spent a few days at my aunt and uncle’s place this weekend, I’ve still got a little catching up to do… 

On Friday morning, my cousins’ husband and I headed out for our second run of the weekend, and then we all spent another perfect day down at the river.  Honestly, I think I could spend every day down there.  I found a rope swing and took my kayak over to check it out, but unfortunately it was kind of a dud.  Being short (and having short arms) didn’t help, but the rope wasn’t long enough and it barely even swung.  Better luck next time, folks. Luckily, the rest of the day was a blast! 

When we arrived back at the house, there were naps to be had, and then the collaborative dinner effort began once again.  Having everyone together in one place is wonderful, but I can’t imagine cooking (and cleaning) for that many people every day!

First, there were appetizers and drinks…

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And then everyone waited patiently for the first (of many) courses to begin.

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There was grilled garlic bread…

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And plenty of steamers… (I passed on those.)

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Plus homemade buffalo wings (amazing) and my first official corn on the cob of the season!

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Not to mention the actual dinner, which included grilled chicken and veggies, green bean casserole, homemade macaroni and cheese, and plenty of watermelon to go around. 

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It was certainly a meal fit for royalty and it tuckered everybody right out. 

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But a little while later, we regrouped because there were celebrations that needed to take place.  Not only was it my cousin’s birthday, but she also just got engaged! 

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Birthday celebrations were first… 

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And then we toasted to the engagement!

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I can’t believe how fast it flew by, but it was certainly a fun weekend for everyone, and I’m so glad we got to do it.  It’s going to be a tough one to beat, but I hope we try again next year anyway!

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