Independence Day Neighborhood Fun

We really lucked out this year with the weather for the 4th of July.  It was perfect.  Last year it was raining, and even though we had a great time having a few friends over, Mason burned himself on a sparkler, and we had to call it a night early.  Sienna wasn’t really able to enjoy it either because she was so little, and was asleep most of the time.

This year, we had our friends and neighbors the Sanders over.  They recently had their fourth child (a sweet baby boy) named Hudson, and instead of providing a meal for them, we decided to just invite them over to join us for dinner on the fourth.  Parker and their son Davis who is two years older than Parker, always have such a great time playing.  They also have two girls, who are around the same ages as our kids, and they  enjoy playing together too.

I had fun making a American Flag inspired dessert- Angel food Cake topped with homemade strawberry syrup, cool whip, strawberries and blueberries.  Corny, I know, but after looking at all the fun patriotic desserts on Pinterest, I decided to make up my own.  It was delicious.  A tradition in the making, perhaps!

After dinner, we were joined by another family in our neighborhood for fireworks and lined up all the lawn chairs on our grass in the front yard for some grocery store firework fun.  Next year, we’re bringing the big bangs!  We stayed up until 10pm, and the kids did so well without sleep. They were playing and laughing with the other kids, and it made for the perfect little home-based holiday!


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