The 4th of July is quickly becoming one of my favorite holidays — partly because of how much my littles love it! I made the mistake of telling Gage (2 weeks before) that it was coming up. Every day leading up, it was lots of questions about fireworks (if they’d be as loud as last year and how we could make sure Daddy wouldn’t get the screechers). Oh and lots of explaining how a parade works — I dare you to try describing what to expect to a 4 year old who has never been to one. More exercise for your noggin’ than a crossword, or scrabble, if you’re into that. The day was spent with my family (can you get over how adorable my little niece is?) She and Gage are quickly becoming little besties. The afternoon was filled with beach ball volleyball, 28 holes of golf for the guys, naps, barbecuing, and endless rounds of throwing ‘pop-it’s’. The forecast called for rain; but fortunately Mother Nature decided to be good to us — finishing the night with classic ice-cream sandwiches, fireworks, and my favorite … sparklers! It was a very happy birthday for the US of A!