Friday, July 16, 2010

July 4th Fun...a little late!

Let's see, the "4th of July" weekend was two weeks ago and I'm just now getting around to blogging about it - better late than never I suppose. We had SUCH a fun weekend! It was a bonus having the Monday off following the holiday, so it made for a really nice 3-day weekend. We wanted to spend the weekend being productive on a few things, but also enjoying some fun and relaxation as well.

Friday night after work, we bought our groceries, ran some errands and did a little shopping. Saturday morning, I made a coffee cake for breakfast. It's my Grandpa's recipe and it's incredibly delicious - the best coffee cake I've ever eaten. The recipe makes a full cake pan, so we were able to eat on it all weekend for breakfast. After breakfast, we spent all of Saturday getting all of our "chores" and domestic duties done around the house. John also worked on smoking brisket all day for dinner Saturday night. We wanted to get all our work done Saturday so that we could enjoy Sunday and Monday with out having to worry about anything. Saturday night dinner was John's smoked brisket, sausage, baked beans, potato salad, deviled eggs and rolls - it was extremely good if I do say so myself. Yum! Again, we had a lot of leftovers so it was nice to eat on over the weekend. After dinner, we made a batch of homemade ice cream - it was perfect! Although John and I are in our 30s we are big kids - we don't want to grow up! We try and have lots of fun and make all things special. There are countless examples, but we just get a kick out of our life together and try to enjoy it to the utmost. That being said, Saturday evening we "camped out" in our living room on our airbed and watched a couple of episodes of FRIENDS. It was pretty cloudy and rained off and on all weekend, but Saturday night we got quite a downpour (pictures below).

Sunday (the 4th) we went to church as usual and then came home for leftovers, a couple of phone calls to family and a short nap. Sunday afternoon and evening were spent at the Rangers game. We LOVE going to Texas Rangers baseball games - one of the perks about living in this area. We enjoyed "America's Pastime" ON Independence Day - very patriotic. There was a beautiful pre-game ceremony honoring America which included a huge flag stretched out while the national anthem was sung, a fly over of jets and almost two-hundred young men and women lining the baseball diamond being sworn into the United State Air Force - oh it gave me chills, a lump in my throat and tiny tears in the corners of my eyes. It was touching and made me so proud to be an American! The Rangers were not victorious, but we had a blast at the game and ate good too. After the game, we were treated to the best fireworks show we have ever seen set to patriotic music. It was amazing!

On Monday, among other things, we went to see Toy Story 3 in 3D. We have been very anxious to see it and it did not disappoint - such a sweet movie. We laughed a lot and of course I cried too. We also played several board games, finished off the leftovers and had more ice cream Monday night.

What a fun extended weekend we had - here are a few pictures we snapped...I would like to clarify that my face really isn't that big! The sun was directly in my eyes. I even had my eyes closed until John counted 1-2-3 and then I open them and smiled - hah.

We are looking forward to good, but rather low key and normal weekend and then on Monday our nephews, Jacob (11) and Isaac (9) are going to come and stay with us for a week! We are super excited, have lots of good stuff for them to eat and some fun things planned. We spend as much time with them as we can (with them living in Arkansas), but this will be the first time they have come to stay with us by themselves for this long. Oh how we love these boys! Happy Weekend ~ Until we meet again!
Riley

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