Monday, July 04, 2011

Celebrating the Fourth

 fourth of july breakfast
Let it be known that I am perfectly exhausted.  And that this post will most definitely highlight the incoherence that comes with such an exhaustion.

Today was July 4th.  We love us some Independence Day around our household, and the celebrations began last night at Lake Linden.  A couple in our branch parks their RV right by the lake and pretty much every member of the entire branch comes and parks themselves next to the RV to watch the fireworks.  And let me tell you, we have the best seat in the house as the fireworks shoot up over the lake.  It is spectacular.

The lake, at dusk, just before the fireworks finally got started.

Lake Linden
Some of the fireworks (taken with my phone with surprisingly good quality)(I have been surprisingly lazy about bringing my camera with me anywhere).
Fireworks 1Fireworks 2
Today, we ate the above red, white and green (it tried really hard to be blue) breakfast and then proceeded to slave drive the kids to death.... well, until our friends came over for a cookout.  A cookout at which I took absolutely no pictures to prove it, but at which we had a really wonderful time.

Well, I did take one picture.  This is of Miss Sophia who will be 5 in a few weeks and her exciting happening in the middle of lunch!

Sophia's first missing tooth.  :(

We won't even talk about how sad this makes me, but she is as excited as she could possibly be.

After the cookout, we drove up to Eagle Harbor to visit another party which was held for the Music Festival.  Our friends live right on Lake Superior and have the most beautiful view.  Unfortunately, it began to thunder and rain when we got there, but take a look at the crazy clouds!  I've never seen anything like that before in my life, and it was just amazing in person.

Strange clouds

We ate good food (like ice cream bars and spinach quiche) and had great conversation with the various and sundry people that were present.

4th of July

When it stopped raining a bit, Joel and Sophia and I walked over to the lake.
Lily after the rainDaddy and S @ Eagle HarborEagle Harbor

What a perfect end to our celebrations today:  A look at just a small part of the magnificence that is America.  How blessed we are.

Hope your Fourth was blessed, too!
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Those clouds ARE amazing! I'm so glad you had a great holiday!

  2. Huge lake, btw....
    And now we need a holiday from the holiday, don't we? It's amazing how exhausting the holidays can be! Great photos!

  3. I can't believe those clouds!!! Awesome! Glad you guys had a good 4th :)

  4. What a beautiful site! Just gorgeous. I have to say, that I really really missed you guys this year. My kids have no cousins to run around with and it's just weird not having little kids! Thought about you guys all day. Love you!

  5. Those are some beautiful pictures!

  6. I am glad you had a wonderful 4th of July celebration. The pictures are amazing! We had a wonderful weekend also but I still need to blog about it. Get some rest!

  7. I have seen clouds like those before in Minnesota, and they can turn into tornados fairly rapidly. Glad you guys are all safe and that you had a wonderful Independence Day celebration.