Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! This is our first Independence Day in our new town. We were all set to check out the local celebration with bounce houses, food trucks and fireworks. Well, life with three kids makes you realize (rather quickly) that plans can change. So instead, we decided to keep things simple and focus on family.

First we took our three kiddos to a nearby national park, Stones River Battlefield. We spent the morning hiking and teaching our children a little about our nation’s history.

After late naps and monkey bar competitions, we had a nice relaxing BBQ. Being new to the south I am realizing that I have not appreciated BBQ like I should. Moving here sure has set me straight! I am all about starting up the smoker and letting meat cook all day now!

Night time is when I realized that even the best laid plans always need to have a back up. Our wonderful neighborhood has its own fireworks show. We planned to put Freya, who recently turned one, down for the night. My husband, Louis, set up chairs out front for us and the boys. Well Maddox, our two year old, was NOT having any of it. He was crying even before he got outside. Now I know he doesn’t like loud noises, but I thought having ear plugs would help. Nope, nope, nope. He would not even step outside. So Louis took Gage, our five year old, outside to enjoy the block party while I sat on the couch with Maddox watching Paw Patrol. But really, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

How did you spend your holiday?

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