Thursday, July 5, 2012

My Mid-week Fourth of July

I hope all my fellow Americans had a wonderful Independence Day! It sure was special to be back in our Nation's Capital for the first time in three years for this special holiday.


The morning started off at the pool where it was nearly unbearable to just sunbathe without jumping in the pool every five minutes. I got some sun so that's all that matters, right?


I also tried a Fourth of July cookie recipe. Last year I made these scrumptious cupcakes so I wanted to try a new dessert this year. I say "try" because a lot of times I make something by the recipe and it just doesn't turn out that way. Today was a perfect example. 

The firecracker cookies I made turned out completely different from the pictures. Mainly because every store was sold out of red and blue sprinkles. So, I had to use those sugar crystals which just end up changing the color of the dough. Well, let me just say these cookies ended up being a HIT! They're soft, super tasty, and still ended up being festive!




I also got to spend some quality time with my sweet niece Aubrey. We both put our sunglasses on and went for a super short but fun walk :) She's starting to just love posing for pictures now. What a doll!






Then, it was time to head out for the DC fireworks! After parking and walking three miles [my feet are STILL killing me] we found a spot up at the Air Force Memorial to watch the show.

It had been years since I've seen the DC fireworks live so I was quite excited. If you ever get the chance to go watch the DC fireworks, you have to do it! It's so cool to be in the Nation's Capital, surrounded by millions of people from all over the WORLD.

Maybe it's just me but the show seemed a little shorter than I remember and I wasn't super impressed with the variety [or lack thereof] of fireworks. Did any other DC area people notice this too?



Here's a video of the finale. Everyone's commentary has to be my favorite part. So much love for this country of ours! I'm proud to be an American :)



What did you do to celebrate Independence Day?
I can't wait to see what next year's Fourth has to hold :)

14 comments:

Lyzz said...

She is getting big!! Glad you got to spend time with her!

The Pink Growl said...

i think it's impossible to sunbathe anywhere these days without being close to water. Glad you had a good one!

Allison said...

I need to layout so I can get some color but I can't make myself in this crazy TX heat!

Shayna said...

Sounds like you had a great day! Your niece is absolutely adorable!

Neely said...

LOVE the nails and what a little cutie she is!!

Lindsey said...

Love your nails and your niece is so presh! Happy 4th Chels!!

Heidi said...

Looks like an awesome day! I also did some suntanning and watched the Baltimore fireworks from our roof top deck. We watched the DC ones on tv and thought that next year we'll have to head down to DC for the show just so that we will have done that once!

Alli said...

Ah! I was in DC yesterday morning heading to Suitland MD. We seriously considered staying to watch the fireworks but thought it'd be too crowded.

I didn't realize we lived so close!

Ashley said...

cute nails!

Katie said...

My nails are the complete opposite of yours! hahah All teal and one red on my ring finger!!

Those cookies look amazing!

I didnt see one firework this 4th. :( My dog is crazy scared of them so we sat inside trying to calm her down.

Ashley said...

Such a fun day! Your niece, and your nails, are too cute! Glad you had fun :)

katie michelle said...

aww what fun! i know what you mean about being too hot to sunbathe, ugh. at least you were near a pool!!

Rachel said...

I have to say, it made me laugh that the stores were all sold out of red and blue sprinkles! That's always how it goes around holidays.

Raquel said...

Love your nails! I also watched the DC fireworks and I agree with you about the variety. I feel like previous year's they've done different things, but oh well, they were still great to watch!