Happy Birthday, America!

The Fourth of July is one of those holidays that I look forward to each year. It is the one day a year I can guarantee that right around sundown, not only will my dogs shake uncontrollably and attempt to squeeze through the stair banister to come upstairs and hide under the bed, but my son will be kept awake by loud booms that he does not understand because he can only hear them and not see them. Who wouldn’t look forward to that each year?

All kidding aside, I love this holiday. I used to love it slightly more before we had a child. That is only because my husband and I used to pickup Chick-fil-a, drive to the local park, set up our lawn chairs in the bed of his pickup truck and just hang out eating and talking until the fireworks display started. We are way too adamant about sticking to a schedule with our son to do that now, and I don’t regret that one bit. Schedules save lives! I truly look forward to the day that our son enjoys fireworks and I can see the joy and amazement in his eyes as they light up the night.

Fireworks are one of the few things in this world that I could watch every day if I had the chance to. There is something about those big beautiful flashes of light exploding in the sky, leaving the smell of smoke and freedom in the air, that makes you feel like a kid again. My favorite firework is the one that explodes then looks like glitter-confetti dropping from the sky. I still go “ooohhh” like a little child every time one of those erupts. Fun fireworks fact: Walt Disney Company is the largest consumer of fireworks in the United States.

This year we are starting a new tradition for July 4th. My parents bought a lake house last fall on a lake close to the VA border and it has quickly become our official vacation spot. I am looking forward to celebrating America’s birthday out on the lake with a drink in my hand and my son by my side. I also plan on celebrating America’s birthday by taking the week off from blogging. Just kidding. I am only doing that because my parent’s do not have internet at the lake house. I think it is a blessing; more family time, less social media time.

Whether you are celebrating with family or friends with a cookout and your own fireworks or just taking it easy and using your day off to relax, have a safe and happy 4th! I look forward to getting back home Sunday to the land of DVR and internet so I can blog my life away. See you then!

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