Jul 072014

Hey friends! I hope everyone had a lovely fourth of July weekend! Before I jump into a recap of my weekend, I have two important things to address.

First, I always think it’s important to recognize that July 4 is not just a holiday for eating hot dogs and drinking beer in our finest red, white, and blue apparel, but it’s also a holiday to be thankful for the country we have and for those who have fought so that we could maintain our freedom. My thanks go out to all the men and women in our armed forces who help keep our country free every day. Thank you for your service!

Second, two of best, best friends, Megan and JR, got engaged over the weekend!!! I could NOT be happier for them and I know they will have an amazing life together. Now I can’t wait for all the wedding festivities to begin!!! I’m sure you all will be hearing a LOT more about their wedding events in the months to come. Congrats, JR and Megan!!!!!

BTW, here’s the proposal caught on video for those who are interested in seeing it. Don’t worry- I’ve already binge-watched this about 100 times.

Oh, and for anyone wondering, that’s a GoPro camera on JR’s head. He caught the whole thing on camera from his perspective, and I can’t wait to see it!

Anyway, enough chat for today. Let’s jump in to my weekend recap! I have a TON of pictures to share, so I’ll try to keep it light on the words. Try being the key word there 😉


I got out of work early on Thursday and headed over to my mom’s house for dinner. Fabio was already over there helping to build the chicken coop, so I happily joined them for a fun family evening. We had a great steak dinner on the grill, but the highlight of the evening was my mom’s homemade cherry pie.


Topped with homemade vanilla ice cream, of course.


This was insanely delicious.

We also talked a bit about some approaching vacation ideas, which I will fill you guys in on as soon as I know more. It was a great night!


Knowing that the weekend was going to be a bit of a blur, Fabio and I spent Friday morning doing laundry. It wasn’t the most exciting start to the fourth of July weekend, but it had to get done sometime!

Then around noon, it was time to party! We started out with these festive Dirty Shirley drinks that Fabio made for us with frozen blueberries. Yum.


Then we headed to the bar up the street to watch the Colombia game! I’m pretty sure I was the only one wearing red, white, and blue in the whole bar. Everyone else was supporting Colombia!


Colombia lost, but we had a great time watching the game and cheering them on.

A little later in the afternoon we headed over to our friend James’ place to watch the fireworks from his rooftop.



Photo bomb! 😛


It was such a beautiful evening, and we had a perfect view.


The atmosphere on the rooftop was a ton of fun, and there was lots of good music, food, and dancing.


The boys! (I would apologize for the bad lighting, but I actually kind of like it.)


Right before the sun set and the fireworks started, I got the call from Megan saying she was engaged. I’m pretty sure I screamed and jumped up and down and cried a little, so people probably thought I was nuts. Luckily it was really loud where we were, but still. #crazystatus

Then it was time for the fireworks!


I couldn’t get over the view we had- it was just incredible.


Another cool thing about this view is that you could see tons of other fireworks off in the distance. You can sort of see what I mean in the picture below, but there were even more fireworks all along the skyline. I’d guess there were probably about 50 different sets of fireworks that we could see.


Perfect night!


After the fireworks we headed to Cantina Marina, a fun pirate/mermaid themed bar right on the water. We ran into my old coworker David while we were there, and it was so nice to catch up with him.


All in all it was a perfect fourth of July!


Saturday was spent at my grandparents’ house on the Chesapeake Bay. It wound up being another picture-perfect day.


For this trip we decided to pull out the tube and get some water action going! Doesn’t my sister look thrilled here? Lol. I think she was pretending to nap?


Anyway, here we are in the tube! (This was before we switched out her way-too-big life vest for one that actually fit.)


Ok, and now I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.






Obviously it was a blast!

Fabio went too 🙂


So much fun.

A little later in the day we took Jack to the small beach down the street and let him swim in the bay.


He’s off!DSC02246

He made a few doggy friends and probably had the best day of his life, haha.





I love this one 🙂


That’s my boy!

After giving the dogs a bath (my grandparents’ dog swam too) and showering up, we had a nice relaxing evening on the back porch.



Complete with a typical July 4 dinner!


We ended the evening with some sunset lacrosse,


and then watched more fireworks along the water.


It was another a perfect evening!



We drove home from my grandparents’ house on Sunday morning and then spent all day grocery shopping and doing some serious cleaning around the apartment. We even tackled things like the junk drawer and small bookshelf in the bedroom that have been neglected for way too long. It was a nice productive day and when we were all finished with our chores by around 4:00 pm, we had the whole rest of the evening to relax watch season 2 of Orange is the New Black. 😉

All in all it was an absolutely perfect weekend and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Congrats again to Megan and JR! I can’t wait to celebrate with you guys!!!

Question of the day: How did you spend your 4th of July?

 Posted by on July 7, 2014

  8 Responses to “July 4 Weekend!!”

  1. Looks like you had an awesome weekend! I used to love watching the DC fireworks back when I lived there! There really is nothing more patriotic than spending 4th of July in DC! haha. Also, looks like you had a ton of fun on the bay! I went to the lake for 4th of July too, but your pictures are way more epic than mine!

    • Haha that’s just because Fabio was stationed on the boat with the camera 😉 I think he’s learned by now that I will ask for a million pictures “for the blog.”

  2. looks so fun! my old apartment in DC had great rooftop views — your photos made me miss it just a little bit! 🙂

  3. Wow so jealous of your watersports!! Looks amazing.
    I’ve never experience a 4th of July celebration (being British and all…) but it looks fantastic!

  4. Ahh how exciting that your friends got engaged and I love that it was captured on camera! Of course I watched the vid… I love people’s engagement stories! She looked super shocked and happy! It looks like you had an amazing 4th (LOVE your dress btw) and the views from that rooftop are incredible! It doesn’t get much more patriotic than that!! And then how nice that you were able to spend time with your Grandparents and go out tubing! I’ve only been once but thought it was so much fun!

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