Independence Day Pre-party

This year’s Fourth of July brings a full three-day weekend so I figured I’ll take that inch for a mile- and make an entire week of the holiday.

 

Independence Day Pre-party via Grateful Simplicity

St. Teresa Beach, FL

 

We’ve been down at the Coast all week for some Independence Day pre-partying.  That’s how we roll in Florida when it’s 100 degrees and climbing.  We did manage to get more work done around the cottage and things are still moving along.  For the first time in 74 years, there is cable running to the HDTV (a whopping 21  channels which is great for those rainy days), stepping stones down to the blue water (no more sand spurs), and new a new ceiling fan to blow the cool air around the new kitchen.

 

Independence Day Pre-party via Grateful Simplicity

In the absence of her electronic devices, Britton loves her some good television of lazy summer days. Jeopardy and Cake Boss are current favorites. The downside is my kitchen now has flour living on the counter tops so she can ‘try’ a new recipe.

 

 

In just four short days the five of us managed to devour all those Publix bags which were filled with groceries- seedless watermelon, Oh’s cereal, flank steak, Honest Kids juice boxes, snacks, skim milk, bottled waters, and even a bag of Doritos (because I live to live on the edge that way)… and now it’s time to plan meals for the rest of the week.  I’m  pretending to be an adult and planning ahead my next set of beach meals- I’m thinking fried chicken, sliced red tomatoes with salt, pepper and balsamic, butter beans, watermelon triangles and perhaps a shrimp boil for the actual fourth festivities.  I’ve never actually made a shrimp boil but if it comes with instructions I’m sure I can manage.  I have cooked a time or two before.

 

Independence Day Pre-party via Grateful Simplicity

Eat your heart out Sweet Brown– someone is doing some serious BBQ’ing.

 

Independence Day Pre-party via Grateful Simplicity

 

Thanks to my FitBit Flex (which feels a bit like a house arrest bracelet- not that I have worn one before) I’ve been making sure I’m stepping off these fried chicken calories and drinking so much water that I feel as though I might just float right into the Gulf”s flat horizon. (That and my highs chool girlfriends have a friendly group competition going).

Got to try to get bikini ready so I can jump off the dock at the upcoming high school girls weekend (don’t worry Mr. Robinson I am only kidding!)  Those days ended in college (as if I would ever jump off a dock!).

Independence Day Pre-party via Grateful Simplicity

 

4th July at STB 9-1

My sister’s dog, George (I pronounce it ‘Whore-hay’) thinks he is human and can climb ladders too.

 

Now it’s back home, more unpacking, washing, drying and repacking.  But I suppose that’s what summer is all about.

Independence Day Pre-party via Grateful Simplicity

 

Independence Day Pre-party via Grateful Simplicity

 

Independence Day Pre-party via Grateful Simplicity

 

Happy Fourth everyone!

 

Independence Day Pre-party via Grateful Simplicity

The littles

 

Independence Day Pre-party via Grateful Simplicity

Wal-mart has long since been one of my favorite go-to places for the girl’s clothes. If only I could find cute dresses like this for me.

 

 

Independence Day Pre-party via Grateful Simplicity

A 2 year-old that crawls out of his pack-n-play is pure joy, let me tell you.

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