Sunday, July 26, 2015

4th of July at Wintergreen...and a birthday celebration too!

After a week at the beach it was time to head to the mountains for some family time celebrating our nation's birthday - and Auntie Anne's birthday too! 

The weather was actually pretty cool up there, not uncommon for Wintergreen of course. Luckily we had all packed sweatshirts as they were needed. Andy got to play a round of golf with my folks while Mark, Kathleen, Olivia, Adam and I relaxed and hit up the park. 

We didn't think we'd get any pool time in, but the sun did come out and warm things up a bit on the 4th, so the kiddos got to splash around a bit - was still a little too chilly for the adults to brave it! 

While we were there we also got to visit with Anne which meant we got to celebrate her birthday as well! To start the celebration we left Adam and Olivia with Grandma & Grandpa while we took Anne down to Blue Mountain Brewery for some brews and lunch - of course being the sneaky (and great!) aunt she is, she stole the tab and took us out for lunch instead! Stinker. After that we headed back up and were surprised by some cute decorations that Grandma helped the kids make - Happy Birthday signs and posters posted all over! Then it was birthday gifts and a strawberry pie to cap off the celebrations. 

Of course the celebrations did continue as it was time to focus on another birthday - that of the good old US of A! We were all looking forward to another fun picnic on the slopes (sans snow of course) and the kids even helped me whip up a festive and patriotic dessert. We found a great spot to park ourselves for the evening and then it was dancing, eating, chatting, a little National Anthem singing (which was cute to see Adam sing along to the parts he remembered learning in school) and then the main event - the awesome fireworks! They still give me chills and I always find myself reflecting on how lucky we are to live in this country and how proud I am to be an American! 

Happy birthday America...and Anne! :) 

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