Tuesday, July 13, 2010

4th of July weekend = F.U.N.

(WARNING -- LONG POST and even more PICS!)

Well, we have had a WONDERFUL 4th of July weekend. Most of the weekend involved friends, lots of good food, and water (slides, pools, and lakes). 

The above picture was taken at the Annual 4th of July parade in Louisville, where all the children bring their bikes, scooters, etc., and parade around town. This was the only picture where Luke wasn't crying and Reed wasn't complaining about not wanting to ride his bike {after Rob pushed it all the way to Main Street from our house}. We are contantly wondering WHY we continue to take our children to events in the public eye...ugh! 
 The weekend got better from here though...

The weekend started off by going to our lovely little town's Saturday morning Farmer's Market and I must say it would rival any market in the state. Laura and I were up bright and early to find the best looking peaches, blueberries, watermelons, tomatoes, corn ("kurn"), peas, peppers, okra, squash, cucumbers, and that was just the vegetables. Let's just say (I guess since we have our own garden) that the only veggies I left the farmer's market with were tomatoes (and they were goo-ood!), even though everything else looked wonderful. Our good friend Spring Woods and her mom Beverly have re-opened their family store as a restaurant and they were there with probably the best cinnamon rolls I have ever put in my mouth. I also bought some of Ms. Beverly's de-lish homemade bread (on which they serve their sandwiches at lunch). I was soooooo excited about the bread and ready to eat the whole loaf by myself, BUT I only got to enjoy 2 slices of it and our B.A.D. beagle enjoyed the rest of it for me. Needless to say I was M.A.D!!!! Anyway, Laura bought 2 huge jars of sweet pickles and we both bought homemade strawberry and blueberry jelly. When I got home with the cinnamon rolls, the boys ate them up. Of course, Reed wanted a pop-tart and Rob and I informed him he was missing out BIG TIME!
Here are the boys enjoying Ms. Beverly's cinnamon rolls (except Reed who had a pop-tart).

As Rob finished up mowing our almost 2 acre yard, we made a quick trip down to the Harris pool so I could see the brand spanking new swimming skills Reed learned at swimming lessons this week. And let me just say, WOW! He is a jumping and swimming MACHINE -- and NO FLOATIES!!!! YAY!!!
Luke, about to test the water
It was only about a week before this that Reed wouldn't dare be thrown up in the pool and look at him now!

 We then headed over to our friend Amanda's, where we enjoyed a delicious lunch and the children tumbled down their blow-up water slide. Amanda has been making a delicious vegetable tart and you can find the recipe here. Reed and Luke were worn out, but once we got home, our good friends and neighbors, The Hills, also had a giant blow-up slide so we had to give that a whirl before naps (which began at about 4 p.m. and ended around 7 p.m -- tired boys!). And a little side note: if you live in our area, Will is now in the jumper business. Rent this slide and/or a castle jumper from "Party Hoppin" jumpers!!! 

Such a sweet pic of Sally Ann

Brother Mike preached the most wonderful sermon Sunday morning on how extraordinary our country is because it was founded on the principles of Christianity. We don't need to forget that or we would lose the freedoms we take for granted. We enjoyed having Mimi and Charles up for lunch after church!

Sunday night we were privileged to be invited to "Lake Louise" for a 4th of July gathering at the Caperton's cabin. It was so so so much fun! A great time was had by all (children and adults) with some fabulous food (pot luck which is my favorite meal). The finale of the night was just about the best amateur fireworks display I have ever seen. It was wonderful. We sat on our blanket on the levee of the lake and took in the beauty of the night, the fireworks, and the sounds of children laughing (or crying, in Luke's case). It made me very thankful for our country, our little town, our wonderful families, and our great friends! 
Isn't this just beautiful -- and only minutes from our little town! 
Rob's goal in life is to have a little place just like this!! The catfish were huge and jumping up out of the water.

Now, all he needs is a boat -- more on his (and Reed's) obsession with boats in a future post)!

Watergun, what?

A gator ride before the show started!
Luke, pre-fireworks!!
Just waitin...

Oh -- and this is the dish I took to the 4th of July gathering at the Caperton's cabin!!! 
Light and refreshing...I've been craving it ever since! I told y'all I would share and here it is!!

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Tortilla Chips
2 kiwis, peeled and diced
2 Golden Delicious apples - peeled, cored
and diced
8 ounces raspberries (I excluded these)
1 pound strawberries
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor
10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
butter flavored cooking spray
2 cups cinnamon sugar
1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, Golden Delicious apples, raspberries , strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves . Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
3. Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.
4. Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.

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