An Exciting 4th of July

Well, this was our first 4th of July in Alaska. It was….. fantastic. So exciting. Thrilling actually.

I had this awesome idea to host a huge neighborhood July 4th party complete with decorations, kid games, good drinks and food, but then somehow the days passed too quickly and I didn’t get any invitations out. We live in a great neighborhood with tons of kids- which is so awesome- but most of the families go out of town for events like this. Me? Out of town-ing is fun, but not on a holiday weekend when traffic is up the wazoo, I’d rather stay home.

We didn’t go on a boat, light fireworks in our front yard, eat potato salad or drink beer. I have never been a big 4th of July-er. Fireworks are so not my thing. Call me a horrible mom, but I didn’t even dress Lucas in 4th of July gear. The closest we got was wearing a blue cloth diaper. And me? Well, I don’t even own a piece of red clothing, so we don’t look like the patriotic family!

(The only picture I have from last years 4th of July. Lucas was 4 months old and I remember cursing the fireworks my neighbors were setting off as I was trying to nurse my babe to sleep!)

But we ARE a patriotic family. I am proud to be an American, of course, and so very thankful for our troops. VERY VERY THANKFUL for each and every one of them!! We are so blessed indeed.

This 4th of July we headed downtown to watch some festivities and a little parade. We only caught the end of the parade, but I managed to get a couple pictures. Please don’t ask me what is going on here, ’cause I really have no idea.

Your guess is as good as mine folks.

Mile long parks filled with inflatables, food and people, national anthem signing and raising of flags.

We came home from our festivities, Lucas took a 2.5 hour nap and I cleaned house and watched a movie on Lifetime. (I wish I would have taken a nap myself, but I couldn’t stop cleaning. I can’t help myself right now- a cluttered house makes me crazy!)

I told you. It was so exciting.

With dinner we had corn on the cob. If that’s not patriotic for you, I don’t know what is.

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

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