Born on the 4th of July

Every year, since I can remember, my entire family would head up to Racine, Wisconsin for the 4th of July and spend the day with my Mom’s parents and all her siblings. Seriously, if happiness can be summed up for me in one place in my life, one memory, it’s that Cape Cod on Wolff street where we would all meet every summer. That house, those people. Sometimes at night, when Jay’s long asleep and I’m trying to fade away, I’ll think of that little house and all the love that filled up it’s walls. It’s my safe and happy place – it always will be. As we’ve aged, as my Grandma moved on to a retirement home and away from her little bungalow off the lake, the only 4th I’ve missed was the week after my wedding, when Jay and I were on a plane back from our honeymoon. Alas, one of the hard things that kind of creep up on you living far away from family is that special days that were a given routine before, are a bit harder to swing. We didn’t make it up this year, and that kind of makes my heart break just a little.

Here we all are in 2012, keeping that tradition strong.

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Know what we did this year instead? We cleaned out the gutters πŸ˜‰ Cue Mary, saying the hail Mary as she sees how high husband must climb to clean said gutter.

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Yep, y’all – that’s high. I was positioned down below to hold on to the ladder while Jay climbed to the top of the roof. I asked him if he wanted to wear his biking helmet, just to be safe πŸ˜‰

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Now, before you guys get to feeling too bad for us, we fit some fun into our day, too. And you know what made that fun extra fabulous? It included some of our favorite family members that would normally be chilling up in Wisconsin with us drinking beer and eating brats.

Look, they’re even happy to see us! πŸ˜€

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In the name of being patriotic, Jay and I brought a fruit plate. Being kitchenless deems it difficult to whip up anything much fancier than fruit. On a plate. Easiest patriotic dessert known to man.

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Most likely because I was too busy drinking them, we forgot to snap a photo of our other patriotic addition to our American feast. Red, White and Blue drinks. YUMMMM.

I did snap a photo of our beer pyramid though, which is equally impressive.

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If you know our family, you’d know that a picture of a picture is pretty much a necessity at any get together.Β It’s how we entertain ourselves. That’s my Uncle Igor, the family photog πŸ˜€

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And in case y’all missed the memo, the 4th of July was in the midst of the world cup madness, so we obviously had to pay homage there, too.

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What did you guys do for the 4th? Clean your gutters? πŸ™‚

 

6 thoughts on “Born on the 4th of July

  1. there really should be an easier way to clean out the gutters. it’s such a terrible job. i freaked out when the hubby had to go up one story… let alone two. i might need to rent a bouncy house next time for additional safety. πŸ˜‰

    1. YES to the bouncy house! πŸ™‚ Best idea ever πŸ˜€ Jay is campaigning for gutter guards for that top gutter along the dormer. I think we’ll price that option out and see if we can swing it.

  2. Mary our daughter said her husband, Chris, went to Home Depot and they sell some sort of gutter screening that you can put up yourself; Chris did this and she claims that it works great! It”s much cheaper than the “commercial” kind. Just a “thought” not a “sermon”. Sandee from Fairfax Va.

  3. Best fruit dip ever:
    16 ounces of Cool Whip
    small box instant vanilla pudding
    1/3 cup Baileys

    Seriously, it is fabulous. I saw the patriotic fruit platter and was inspired to share.

    Glad some of your family was there for the 4th. πŸ™‚

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