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Fourth, Fireworks and Fun

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Have I mentioned I love summer? Nothing is more summer than the Fourth of July, and we made it a weekend to remember. Thursday night, we watched fireworks with friends. The girls loved dancing to the music with their glow sticks. Lottie’s dancing is something truly special.

Friday morning we ate breakfast outside enjoying the most beautiful weather July has ever seen in Memphis. We spent a few hours at the pool which combined with the late night fireworks the night before resulted in a four-hour nap for both girls. Which meant Matt and I got to watch an entire movie together. Aren’t nap times spectacular? While we were sitting on the couch watching the movie, the baby was kicking like crazy, and Matt got to feel baby kick for the first time. We’re both thinking this baby is a girl, but Matt hasn’t had “the dream” yet like he did with Lydia and Charlotte, so we’ll see. Only 19 more weeks to go!

Friday night we grilled out. I wanted to make something different, and I saw this recipe on Pinterest for White BBQ chicken. The first time I had white BBQ sauce was at Cypress Inn in Tuscaloosa, and this recipe reminds me of that. It’s hard to find BBQ sauce that doesn’t have tons of sugar or preservatives. This recipe has none of either. It’s tangy, spicy and super yummy! We also grilled zucchini and corn. Lydia ate her corn cob and finished off everyone else’s too. After a Saturday morning run through all the fireworks wreckage, we took the kids to the zoo to enjoy the beautiful day and a picnic lunch Lydia had been asking for. Charlotte even got a kiss through the glass from Teva the sea lion.

The best part of the weekend–date night. We went to Babalu, a 601 creation that recently opened up in Overton Square. They had me at the guacamole made table-side. Everything was fresh and delicious, and I Love Lucy was playing on the wall like artwork. Mamaw and I used to watch I Love Lucy marathons while we would shell peas or snap beans in the summer, and I would glance up every now and then and laugh because I could remember exactly what happened in that episode. After dinner, Matt and I went to Levitt Shell for an outdoor concert. Apparently, Elvis played his first paid concert at the Levitt Shell on July 5, 1954, so the music celebrated 60 years of rock and roll. We had a great time talking and listening and definitely people-watching. (Twilight meets Animal Kingdom, right, Matt ;)) Memphis has so many fun–and often free–things to do. I love this city we call home.

I’m grateful for freedom, the freedom that comes from being an American and the freedom that comes from being a child of God. Thank you to the men and women who sacrifice so much to give me freedom and to my Savior who sacrificed everything so I could be free.
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