Well America, you're yet another year older and boy did we have a good time celebrating your day! It pretty much rained and stormed all day, but hey, what's life if you can't learn to dance in the rain every once in a while?
The forecast was far from ideal, but it didn't stop us from celebrating our favorite country and my goodness we celebrated it well, rain and all.
Taylor and I, along with some of our friends all gathered at our house for the day and we seriously had the best time.
The morning started with Taylor and I getting everything ready for that afternoon - Taylor was happy in the kitchen prepping the burgers, corn and rest of the food for the day and I was running around the house cleaning, setting things up and making sure we had everything we needed.
This was my little table set-up - YAY AMERICA!
After we were all set and ready to go, I pulled Taylor outside for a quick little photo shoot.
You see, we have this American Flag that we found at a garage sale back in the fall and we've since hung it up on our porch, so of course we had to take a picture in front of it today all of all days.
And this is how Taylor felt about taking photos.
But GOOD NEWS - we got not one, but TWO cute photos and that made every frown and annoyed comment from Taylor WORTH IT.
Our friends started heading over shortly after our little photo shoot, and Cole, Bry and their sweet little girl, Austyn, arrived first.
Miss Austyn was sleeping for the first couple of hours that they were there and my goodness, that girl can SLEEP! She just slept in her carseat right there in the living room with music on and all of us talking (not quietly either). That little one is a champ.
Our other friends, Derek and Aleysha, arrived an hour or so after Cole and Bry, and once they arrived, Taylor got to grillin'!
We made burgers, corn, salad and sweet potato fries for the main meal and fruit pizza and snickers salad for dessert. Oh and for appetizers, we had chips, salsa and guacamole.
We ate and we ate GOOD.
Usually Taylor and I don't eat a lot of red meat, but every once in a while we will buy it for a special occasion and this was definitely one of those occasions.
We made the Gaines' Brothers Burger with the Jalapeno Drip Jam from the Magnolia Table cookbook and they DID NOT disappoint.
The burgers were a serious HIT, so if you're in need for a knock your socks off burger, than go buy yourself their cookbook and bookmark the burger recipe.
I'm sad to report that none of us got a photo of the burger . . .
But, good news! After we ate, the sun decided to show its face for a few minutes and we scurried down to the pool to get a little fresh air and pool time!
Love this sweet girl!
Aleysha and her hubby, Derek, are the first people we met when we moved here and they've become some of our closest friends - Derek is in the same PT program with Taylor.
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While we were down at the pool it started raining again, meh. So we headed back upstairs, broke out some board games and basically played those until it was time to pack up and head out for fireworks.
For fireworks we actually drove up to this apartment complex that's on a hill and overlooks Austin - it was kind of a shot in the dark, but we got there and found this perfect little spot on the side of the parking lot and we could see about 4 different firework shows going on. I have to say that we were all pretty darn impressed with this little gem of a location.
We were there for all of 5 minutes when . . . can you guess?!
IT RAINED. AGAIN. AS WE WERE LIGHTING SPARKLERS.
So, we put the sparklers away, grabbed our bags, hopped in the car and we watched the fireworks in the car with the windows down and the rain coming in the windows. Worth it?
Oh it wasn't perfect - not even close, but as we were sitting in this little car, watching the fireworks through the rain, I couldn't help but think to myself that these imperfect moments just so happen to be the best ones.
After fireworks, Derek and Aleysha went home and so did we.
We got home and finished the night with our favorite - sparklers.
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I'll tell ya - for a rainy, gloomy and stormy Fourth of July, it was pretty spectacular.
No matter what the weather is - you can't beat a day filled with friends, food, drinks, fireworks and sparklers.
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Happy Birthday, America!
To say that I am grateful to call this country home is an understatement. For all of those who serve to protect our country, thank you. Your sacrifice, dedication and honor don't go unnoticed and will never be forgotten.
God Bless America.
I'm Emilee. 26. Homebody. Believer in a simple + intentional life. Daughter of the King. Living in Austin with my hubs.
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