Jared on the other hand grew up always having a fun 4th of July. As a kid in Colorado his mom had their friends and family over in the backyard every year for food, homemade hand-churned ice cream, and plentiful games. So to him the 4th of July was always a favorite holiday.
Not so much for me.
So this year we decided to make it a fun holiday by hosting a party in our own backyard.
We invited family, spruced up the backyard (did I mention how tired I am of constantly pulling weeds this summer?), brainstormed menu items, and prepared to cross some items off our summer bucket list.
We love to have people over, so we were excited to host a party.
And I don't know why, but color-themed food just seems like a prerequisite for a 4th of July party. And while there are no pictures of it, my husband makes absolutely amazing homemade ice cream: vanilla, double chocolate, and strawberry. It was a straight-up stampede into the kitchen to get a bowl.
The kids had fun splashing in the kiddie pool we set up and throwing some water balloons.
Clearly we take our badminton seriously.
And of course the 4th of July isn't complete without fireworks, although we stuck with the sparklers and snakes.
We finished off the night at my parents' camper watching the fireworks show at Twin Lakes. Avery and Graham didn't make it past 8:30, but Bailey made it until 10 o'clock in order to see the show.
It was definitely the most fun 4th of July we have had in a long time. And if just for the ice cream alone, it will probably be an annual event.