A sampling of photos from our day yesterday. Independence Day is definitely one of my favorite holidays, and, for the past couple of years we have been able to host friends for a cookout, which has been awesome. This year we had a really fun group, and I love that as the years go by, the number of children increases :).
Jackson’s little girlfriend, Autumn, was able to make it this year, as well as his buddy Alex, and our bff Peyton and five week new baby Mason. So, the little ones were happily occupied, and that always makes things just a bit easier on the grown ups!
We had festive food (tie dye cupcakes pictured above) that included a really good sangria (recipe from a friend’s blog here). And after we ate our weight in food, we headed over to a friend’s farm to watch the firework show put on by our town each year. I’m pretty sure we had the best view possible too, because the farm was atop a hill, so we got a gorgeous blue ridge mountain sunset, and eye-level fireworks that were so close.
Jackson tried out sparklers for the first time, and he LOVED them! I was a little sentimental about the whole sparkler thing, as I sat watching him enjoy himself immensely. Sparklers define most of my memories from the fourth throughout my entire childhood, so I am happy that he was finally able to play with them and enjoy himself so much.