Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Birthday America!

Today has been an excellent day!

We started with our traditional red, white, and blue topped pancakes or waffles, this year Mac requested pancakes. We had cornmeal pancakes topped with strawberries and blueberries and canned whipped cream to look like a flag. I had to resist the urge to make little stars between the blueberries and to layer out thirteen stripes. The girls remembered that it was America's birthday and wished her a great day. 

Happy Birthday America!!!

We then drove with our friends the Medlins to spend the day in College Station, we had a little hiccup with lunch seeing as several restaurants were closed in the area, but finally settled on La Bodega for fish tacos and other Mexican fare. After a brief meltdown from Keegan and a salt shaker broken by Mac, we a tally had a very nice lunch. It was nice being on the waited on side of things, I recall many Fourths where I was working and waiting tables for others. 

After that we walked around campus a bit, so we were able to check off a Summer Bucket List item. We will have to go back, the MSC was closed which Matt and I haven't seen since the renovation. But we showed our friends around to see the pennies on the statue of Sul Ross, the Century Tree, Fish Pond, my first dorm, and Kyle Field. We loved walking around, although I think Henry is still mad about having to stay off the grass around the MSC!

Johnny at Kyle Field!

Later, we headed out to Matt's parents house for the little kids to rest and to let the older kids group around outside. Deb made a delicious dinner of hot dogs, burgers, and all the yummy sides. Matt and Ryan helped the kids pop some smaller fireworks before trucking everyone over to Reed Arena to see the big fireworks show at the Bush Library. It was a great show and we have been blessed with some deliciously gorgeous weather.  Keegan was a bit frightened of the fireworks at the house, but loved the big show. She was more impressed with the trains passing through campus though! Mac loved them all and Johnny slept!

All in all, a fantastic day, perfect for the 4th. I am proud to live in our great country, that, despite its flaws, is great. Thank you to everyone who works hard to make it great and for our servicemen and women, past and present, that stand ready or actively defend it. Happy 4th of July!

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