Housewarming Holiday

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The Adventure:

Celebrating our new home on the Fourth of July

The Contender:

An enthusiastic hostess, who loves a good theme

The Experience:

I grew up always loving the 4th of July, because I knew my birthday is always around the corner once the fireworks go off. As a kid - I remember family gatherings, swimming in the lake, eating fresh cut watermelon, and of course the fireworks. However as you get older the nostalgia wears off and you just go though the motions. Now that we have our beautiful new home and the new addition of Baby Bear to our family - we had major cause for celebration, which reinvigorated my love for the 4th. And of course, I want to share that love for all things 4th of July with my daughters.

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Having everyone under the same roof can seem daunting: the cleaning, prepping, cooking, perfecting. (As a child, you of course have no recollection of this part.) However with a Minnesotan can-do Summer attitude, everything seemed to fall into place - naturally and with ease. I was able to find the appropriate themed paper plates, napkins and cutlery all on super sale (thank you, Hobby Lobby). I only had to run to Target two times within two days of prepping (major win in my opinion). We reminded ourselves to cut some slack and remember it’s only our immediate family - no need to get crazy!

Our new home smell greeted our family members to an afternoon of burgers, brats, fresh fruit and veggies, and my absolute favorite 4th of July treat: angel food cake, fresh berries and whip cream! Good nostalgia always comes with good food - I can always time stamp myself when I eat specific things. We all gorged on all of the yummy-ness, and most for sure went back for more.

Once the sun set, we eagerly waited for fireworks to go off. Due to Baby Bear going to bed we opted out for walking down to the fireworks (which of course I was alright with, I selfishly didn't want to get a million bug bites). Our new home location really has a huge advantage: prime location for fireworks! Everyone ran out onto the deck to have a full panoramic view of the fireworks from all over the southeast metro, such a sight! All of the stressing over prep and cleaning all melted away once I watched the kiddos and the adults enjoying the fireworks.

Everyone enjoyed each other’s company - cousins giggling and enjoying themselves, Baby Bear being coddled and doted on by the relatives, and the adults conversing and laughing. Another Summer memory for the girls, who will for sure remember this and hopefully be able to time stamp this moment when they eat a particular food, hear a particular song or see something red, white and blue.

Slow down Summer…

Post author: Taylor Huber

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