Teachable Moments, Making Memories, and Good Food...4th of July!


 

As you may know Independence Day is celebrated every year on July 4th and is often referred to as the 4th. As evident in some of the late-night shows where people are interviewed about the meaning of the 4th, apparently, some of the younger generation doesn’t quite understand the importance of this date. It is a bit sad to think that some people don’t understand or recognize the meaning of Independence Day. It is not just a day off of work or a reason to grill. As we mentioned in our earlier blog, we try and teach our six-year-old son the meaning of different holidays and the importance of our freedom. The 4th of July is the anniversary of the adopting of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. It is a day where we, as Americans, celebrate our freedom and remember the men and women who fought for that freedom. There are several patriotic displays or family events that are organized throughout the United States to celebrate and commemorate the 4th.

Every year we celebrate the 4th of July a little differently. A couple years ago we went to my parents’ house, swam, and had our own lobster bake as we had in Maine several years back. Last year we met up with some friends and watched a firework display. This year we celebrated the 4th of July with friends and family. The girls in our family decided to find the perfect 4th of July shirts for women and wear them for a group picture. Always fun making memories!

We enjoyed a late lunch at Los Cabos, one of my favorite Mexican food restaurants in the Tulsa area. The food never disappoints, service is always amazing, and the atmosphere is wonderful!

After we were finished lunch, we went to my parents’ house for a good swim, cold beverages, and delicious desserts. You can’t celebrate the day without decorations. My mom always tries and decorate according to the holiday. 4th of July decorations can include bunting, table décor, and festive paper products.

          

I have a sweet tooth, so dessert is probably my favorite part of any meal! We enjoyed some no-bake cookies prepared by my Mom, Sister, and Barrett. Barrett enjoys making things with family!

   

This year, Adam, Barrett, and myself decided to try something new. We wanted to make an American Flag cake to bring to our celebration. I’ve always said I am not Betty Crocker, so this was definitely going to get me out of my comfort zone a bit. Before making the cake, I needed to find a cake pan. I knew my mom had a cake pan from her grandma, my great grandma – Mommie is what we called her. Mommie was known for her love of family and her back porch full of sweet goodies! The cake pan I borrowed was actually the cake pan that she always used for her famous chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. I asked to borrow it, of course mom said yes, but was a bit surprised I was actually going to bake something. Don’t be too surprised it is a box cake mix, not from scratch! I don’t want to leap too far out there. We got all the ingredients, cake decorations, and started on our family project. It’s always fun being in the kitchen as a family!

  

      

   

After we enjoyed some dessert, we swam in my parents’ pool. It’s a great size pool, not too big or too small, perfect for Barrett and the rest of our family to enjoy, especially on a hot day! Barrett and Adam have their favorite swim goggles that they use every time. In this case, they are actually more of a mask. It is perfect for swimming and actually intended for snorkeling! Great multi-use product for sure. We swam most of the day, ate, and just hung out. It’s the life…relaxing in the pool, enjoying the sunshine, and working on your tan! Don’t worry, we did use our favorite sunscreen – Sun Bum – before we went outside.

 

       

Later that day we let Barrett pop a few kid-friendly fireworks. Sparklers and the snap ones are always good for the kiddos. This year we wanted to avoid the crowds and chose not to go to our city firework show, but got to see some in our neighborhoods.

         

All around another fun, and enjoyable 4th of July! Hope you and your family enjoyed your 4th as well! Thank you to all the men and women who fought for our freedom and our serving our country, so that we, as Americans, can enjoy our freedom!


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