Wednesday, July 8, 2015

4th of July at the Lake!

We had such a fun 4th of July weekend... so much fun, in fact, that we extended it extra long!

Happy 4th of July - from the three of us!
Our regular plans for the 4th were not to be this year - usually, C's parents have a huge shin-dig at their house, complete with pool party and water balloon fight, but they decided this year that they weren't able to do it. No worries - we moved the party to the lake!

My favorite place <3

We packed several of our favorite couple-friends into my parents' lake house for the weekend, along with my parents and my sister and brother-in-law, C and I headed down to the house on Thursday night to meet up with my parents, and everyone else came down on Friday afternoon. We got so lucky with the weather - it was overcast with some rain on Friday and Sunday, but Saturday was sunny and perfect. What more could you want?

The whole crew! Dogs included, kind of.
C got a smoker for his birthday, so for our patriotic feast, he and his friends smoked ribs and chicken wings, which we paired with baked beans and macaroni and cheese. Is there anything better than the smell of hickory smoke alllll daaayyyyy long? I think not.

Men at work
We spent the weekend playing corn hole, floating in the lake and jumping off the dock (not this girl, ever), laughing our way through a few hilarious rounds of Cards Against Humanity, and SUPing around the cove. My sister just got this stand up paddle board as a gift for her husband, and we all put it to good use! It was ultimately determined that the girls are far better at using the SUP than the boys are... we all managed to stay standing while they all ended up in the lake. Winning!

C and my dad put on a fireworks show down by the water once it got dark. There were fireworks being set off all around the lake, and listening to the booms echo down the water was kind of amazing. We couldn't really see any except our own, but we had a soundtrack going the whole time.

My aunt and uncle flew in from California on Saturday night to spend the week at the lake with my parents. C and I planned to head home on Sunday with the rest of the crew, but we made the executive decision to stick around one more night and visit. I'm so glad that we did! There was enough sunshine on Sunday to take a long boat ride to get lunch at one of our favorite lake restaurants, and I managed to get my first sunburn of the season. Whoops. We rounded out the day with dinner at some family friends' house and watching the USA crush Japan in the World Cup final - does it GET any more American??

Freshly painted boat-house doors! USA!
I was bummed to have to head home on Monday afternoon, that's for sure - I would have loved to spend the rest of the week with the fam hanging around the lake. Not in the cards this time, but it was definitely wonderful to get to spend several full days relaxing and visiting with friends. It was a great way to spend the 4th of July!


Laura Darling said...

Nothing beats a weekend at the lake! So glad you had fun!

Caroline {Virginia Sweet} said...

What a perfect Holiday get away! Nothing better than Cards Against Humanity with friends, smoked food and many, many laughs!

Lisa C said...

Looks like a great weekend!