Tuesday, July 7, 2015

4th of July Weekending

For the third year in a row, we spent the 4th of July at my parents' house with my sisters and brother-in-law.  This has gotten to be one of my very favorite parts of summer, and I've been looking forward to this weekend for weeks!  We are still absolutely stuffed, and I don't think I can even look at food for about a week.  Our weekend consisted of eating, napping, playing games, and more eating.  And it was pure bliss!

We pulled into the driveway on Friday at exactly the same time as Melanie and Clark.  Mary Katherine has been home from college for the first half of the summer, and she left on Saturday to spend the second half as a counselor at Pine Cove.  We didn't waste any time and got right to eating - Austin's recently named Mexican Jellybean Dip made an appearance at lunch, but the best part of lunch were the adorable watermelon popsicles Mom and MK had made earlier in the week!

I don't think a more perfect summer popsicle exists!

Friday afternoon we played dominoes and made a fruit pizza.  I'm a little biased, but I thought it was so pretty!

Twinning in our Jacks and our blue and white.

On Saturday, we got up to send Mary Katherine off to camp, then Mom and Melanie and I had a lazy morning of watching Food Network - our favorite Saturday morning activity!  I think I even managed to sneak in a mid-morning nap.  Austin and Clark played golf that morning, and we all played Monopoly that afternoon when they got home.  It was probably the shortest game of Monopoly I've ever played - Clark smoked us all in no time.  

Austin requested banana pudding for the weekend, and Mom outdid herself Saturday with these adorable individual banana puddings in her baby yellow Le Creuset ramekins.  Aren't they cute?

Before we dove into those precious little guys, we had a feast of brisket, beans, potato salad, and some really delicious cheesy bread.  My dad cooked the brisket all night on his new smoker, and it was amazing!

We stayed up playing one of our favorite card games - Shanghai - on Saturday night.  Sunday morning we went to church with Mom and Dad and then had some leftovers before heading home.  It was a pretty perfect weekend relaxing with family and being thankful to live in the land of the free!


  1. Your weekend looks like such a good one and I'm drooling at all that food! I don't know that I've seen anything cuter than that popsicle - you must share their recipe!

  2. Oh my goodness - all your food looks so beautiful and delicious!! How adorable are those Popsicles!?