I love the 4th of July. To me, it’s the epitome of summer. It’s usually so hot and humid that your body essentially becomes a weird version of fly paper. Every little bug, grass blade, or small woodland creature that comes in contact with you becomes stuck to your skin. At night, you take turns with your spouse peeling the clothing off of each other. Now that’s what I call bonding. Anyway, despite all of that, I love the holiday. And almost every year, we spend it with my in-laws. You see, my FIL’s birthday falls on the 4th of July so it’s the perfect time for them to drive 8.5 hours and stay a few days with us. STL really knows how to celebrate Independence Day too. The city throws a three day fair complete with an air show, street vendors, concerts and nightly fireworks. This year though, they’re coming out at the end of the month to attend the American Idol concert. So instead, we made the trek to visit them, and surprised my FIL since we kept our visit a secret from him until he showed up for a small birthday party at my SIL’s house and saw our car. We had all the usual 4th of July fare – BBQ burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, birthday cake, and even some fresh, decorated strawberries designed by moi for the occasion.
I snagged the idea for these from Pinterest, and my 9 yr old niece helped me with the dipping.
We had a blast playing washers (apparently a Midwest thing as no one knew how to play except for us) and cornhole. The hubs played basketball with the nephews and his dad and I got to spend some time catching up with my two SILs. One just got back from her first trip to NYC and the other is pregnant with her FIFTH (!!!) baby.
We had a great time and even though the drive is difficult to manage in a short, three-day weekend, it was worth it.