We had a really great day yesterday celebrating all things red, white and blue. Our day was crammed full of those three colors as well as some good food, good company, laughter and fun. The boys really enjoyed wearing their flag t-shirts and I spent half my day trying to keep spit up from getting all over Gavin’s onesie so that is wasn’t soiled before the grandparents had a chance to see it. We almost made it without too much of a mess but in true baby fashion the spit up all came about an hour before Mimi and Papa were set to arrive. Oh well, his cuteness completely outweighs any spit up mess.
The festivities started as soon as we rolled out of bed. I was exhausted and had one of those moments of thinking I could just ignore the holiday this year but alas my better judgment kicked in and I headed for the coffee pot. Once the first taste gave me the jolt I needed we dove into some blue pancakes topped with whip cream and fresh strawberries. I typically do red velvet pancakes but I was feeling different and decided to do blue. (This is simply bisquick pancake mix with blue food coloring) They didn’t turn out as blue as I wanted but that’s what I get when I settle for the cheap food coloring. We also only cook in our cast iron pan so it picked up a little black which caused a slight discoloration on the top. But overall, they were fun and the boys inhaled them in less than 3 minutes flat.
For lunch I didn’t have anything planned, food wise, but we did do a fun drink. I used cranberry juice, cool blue gatorade and sprite zero to make this red, white and blue concoction. Layer each drink starting with the one that has the most sugar and working up. The trick is to pour each liquid slowly over ice that way it doesn’t completely blend together. I wasn’t real sure how the taste would be but surprisingly they really weren’t too bad. The kids will drink everything but I would actually give an adult stamp of approval as well. Plus, they aren’t incredibly unhealthy either which is always a plus.
Snack was really more of a dessert but since it’s a holiday we can get away with such things. It was simply fresh strawberries and blueberries layered with whip cream. I usually make my whip cream from scratch but with a newborn in the house I knew I wasn’t going to have time for such things. This was still good and I knew the boys likely wouldn’t tell a difference. They didn’t look as appealing as I had hoped but Gavin had woke up from his nap and was hungry so the layering of these beauties was slightly rushed…..okay….A LOT rushed! LOL
My parents arrived around 5:00 and we had some bacon wrapped hot dogs, baked beans, chips and fresh corn on the cob. I had never had a bacon wrapped hot dog before but wasn’t disappointed. I threw up bacon while I was pregnant so haven’t had much of a craving for it since. However, this definitely brought back some wonderful memories of when I use to enjoy a slice of bacon with my breakfast. I will be sharing the baked beans recipe in an upcoming post.
For dessert we had some homemade popsicles (made with vanilla greek yogurt, blueberries and strawberries) and some patriotic puppy chow. Both were super easy to make and delicious. I will also be doing upcoming posts about these as well.
After the parents left, the 5 of us walked up to the top of our hill to watch the fireworks show. You could see about 15 different shows all across the horizon above the trees. Our neighborhood also had a few people out doing some so we got quite the show. Gavin was exhausted so quickly fell asleep despite all the noise, however, he managed to enjoy some glow sticks before drifting off. We definitely have an amazing view and it’s nice to not have to leave the house and deal with crowds and traffic. Definitely can’t beat that.
We managed to get some family pictures yesterday as well. I love the freedom a tripod and self timer gives. Rarely, do we ever get a whole picture of all of us so it’s always nice to have a few. Plus, our yard (this time of year) screams perfect photo background so might as well use it. Here are a few fun pics from our mini photo session!
Overall, it was a fantastic day and even though he slept through a lot of it, I’m pretty sure Gavin had a great first Fourth of July! Hope you all had relaxing days and made lots of memories. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!
**If you like my blog and want to keep up with my brood remember to subscribe to catch all of our daily adventures. Subscription box can be found on the right hand side of this post! Thanks to all my loyal readers!! 🙂