Happy Fourth of July! Errr…sixth. Okay, I’m two days late, but I want to share it with you anyway because we made some delicious food and had a gorgeous waterfront picnic.
We started our day at Greenlake with a family run. Sarah and I did a loop together with the stroller – part of our 5k training plan. I’m planning to run her first 5k with her later this month, but I’m also training for my own (hopefully) speedy 5k later in the summer. After I did a loop with Sarah, she parked it in the grass with Cullen so that Casey and I could run a stroller-free loop together.
I had Casey pace me at 8:15, and I struggggled to keep it up the whole way around the lake (3 miles). I was huffing and puffing and totally out of gas by the time I finished mile six. I have a long way to go!
Back at home it was time to prep for a well-earned picnic. Sarah and I had planned some festive treats ahead of time. Luckily Cullen decided to take a two hour nap as soon as we got home, so we were able to spend the afternoon cooking, singing loudly to country music, and prepping for our fourth festivities.
Sarah was in charge of the patriotic strawberries.
She saw the idea on Pinterest, and brought them to life in our kitchen!
There is nothing better than a clever dessert that also tastes amazing. It was hard not to eat all of these ahead of time.
Meanwhile, I worked on another Pinterest find – brownie kebabs! Clearly we were more focused on dessert than anything else. I made the brownies the night before, and assembled them just before we packed up to go.
To balance out the sugar, I figured we need a few fruits and vegetables as well. I made a bit batch of corn and avocado salad, a variation off a Pioneer Woman recipe my friend Kelsey made a few weeks ago.
I also made a big bag of cheesy kale chips to take with us. Don’t most Fourth of July picnics include giant Ziploc baggies of kale?
We headed out to one of my favorite Seattle waterfront spots – Magnusen Park. Gorgeous views of Mt. Ranier in the distance.
We tossed out a blanket, set up the picnic, and dug in. I also packed big bags of cherries and watermelon, as well as chips and salsa. A delicious, healthy, and easy spread of food!
Not a cloud in the sky. Perfection.
It is only natural to celebrate birthdays with delicious desserts. Happy birthday, USA!
Now that Cullen is eating solid food himself, he is no longer content to sit and watch us eat. He had a pint-sized meal of fresh watermelon, puffs, and a pear and apple pouch. He seemed pleased.
We were lucky enough to spend the fourth with Sarah last year too – but I was about 25 weeks pregnant and we were babymooning in Las Vegas. What a difference one year makes!
We are so lucky to have her here with us this summer. She’s been a huge help to me, and I think she’s had a great time getting to know her nephew. He is totally in love with her.
The four of us lounged and enjoyed the views and the food for a few hours. So many boats out on the water preparing for fireworks!
I spent most of that time battling Cullen, who was determined not to wear his hat. How do other moms do it? He rips it off his head (even if it has a strap) as soon as I put it on. Can’t have my little reddish baby burning!
The best part of holidays is having the whole family at home together. The mid-week holiday felt strange at first, but I ended up loving it! It has made the whole week feel so much shorter since Casey had Wednesday off. I suggested he ask his boss for every Wednesday off. He laughed at me.
Obligatory family photo shoots are a must for all holidays. Baby’s first Fourth of July! I think he had a good one. I know I did.
We couldn’t do any late night celebrations or fireworks this year since Cullen crashes early, but I’ve definitely come to accept that life is just different now. Not bad, just different, and I’ve learned not to force things that aren’t realistic at his age.
I’m looking forward to a few years down the road when he stays up late and covers his ears at his first fireworks show. But for now, I’m pretty happy with an afternoon picnic in the sunshine. Definitely good enough for me.
Summer has finally arrived in Seattle. Temps in the high 70’s and low 80’s for the first time in a year! Planning to spend our weekend outside as much as possible. Hope you enjoy yours as well.