4th of July Festivities

4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, I love everything it stands for. This country is my home and what better way to say “I love you” and “thank you” than spending a day celebrating this beautiful country we live in. I want to say thank you to everyone who has made the freedom we have possible. I’m so grateful to live in a country where I have the freedom to make a life for myself and my family.

Usually, the 4th of July is packed with parades, American flags, fireworks, and cookouts. All of which is great, but we went a different route this year. Starting with sleeping in and being lazy all morning, then having a cookout for lunch and continued to be lazy the rest of the day. Ending with a firework show (courtesy of the Stratosphere) that can be seen from our apartment window. It was a pretty mellow way to celebrate but still just as special.

Barbequing has become a pretty big hobby for Dylan and I. You see, I grew up with a pretty Mexican family, so barbequing was pretty regular in my house as a kid. Dylan grew up barbequing a lot as well, however, his idea and my idea were very different. Everything from meats, sides, even drinks. However, we were ultimately able to form our own style (isn’t that how it works in a marriage?). We now do carne asada, brats, cooked pineapple, zucchini and more! Our new favorite drink to make when we barbeque is strawberry limeade. I forgot to take pictures of all of this, so enjoy these from Dylans Snapchat and Instagram. Let me know in the comments what you guys like to cook when you have a barbeque!

From morning until night, we literally spent the whole day with each other. Joking around, playing games, watching movies, and most importantly, binge watching our new favorite show Brooklyn 99. Some people might say you really aren’t celebrating if you aren’t out at the beach, or partying or anything along those lines. However, though that may be a form of celebrating and showing gratitude depending on how you see it, I think being able to spend the day with just my husband and I, being lazy, and enjoying each others company is as well. You see, there are many people who don’t get to go home to their loved ones every day, many people who don’t get to have a home-cooked meal or barbeque. There are many in the military (all branches) who sacrifice those rights so that we may have them.

I am grateful for all those who have given me a home here in this great country. For those who protect my rights and keep us safe and for those who allow me to pursue my dreams. You all are appreciated more than you know. Every single one of you. We may not have done much, but we are grateful that we had the opportunity to simply enjoy each other.

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