There was a part of my brain that really wanted to make a big deal of the 4th of July this year, with a fancy cake from Pinterest and loads of friends in the back yard. But with many of our friends out of town (and our house a mess from current home improvement projects) that wasn’t in the cards this year. Instead we opted for fireworks in the park on the 3rd followed by a long and lazy day at the pool with friends on the 4th. And I have to say it was perfect. There were sparklers and ice cream and beer and friends, and when all was said and done Fletcher told me that it was an awesome party. And I definitely agree.