We spent a solid seven nights at the cottage over the 4th of July, which is something we haven’t done in a long time. We had wonderful weather the entire time, and everyone had a blast.
These adorable cousins were so excited to see they had all randomly chosen to wear their tie dye dresses!
I’ve challenged myself to walk at least two miles every single day in July (haven’t missed a day yet!), and Lucy asked to join me one morning. Admittedly, I was kind of bummed at first because I was really looking forward to listening to my audio book, BUT then I chose to view it as a chance to get some one-on-one time with my biggest girl and just chit chat. It turned into 40 minutes of her asking how much further we had to go, saying she only wanted to walk in the shady parts, and generally complaining that mama wanted to walk so far in the heat. #goodtimes
The SECOND my watch beeped that we’d reached the one mile marker, Lucy wanted to turn around and head back. I told her only if she looked happy for a picture with me.
Carrot sticks and pretzels on the boat.
I usually prefer chocolate in my ice cream, but this flavor intrigued me so I gave it a try. OH. MY. GOODNESS. It is delicious! I definitely recommend!
Nothing better than a booze cruise after the kiddos are asleep!
The sunset was showing off one evening.
July 3rd was the big celebration day on our lake, so we started the morning off right by making Hershey Kiss Pretzel Treats.
We easily transitioned into popsicles after lunch . . .
. . . and then s’mores and sparklers after dinner. I was HOT and tired and knew I was in for a loooong evening since the girls were staying up for the fireworks, but I had a delicious Mojito in my hand so everything was alright.
After s’mores and sparklers, the kiddos all got baths and we headed out on the boat to wait for the fireworks to start.
I love how Emily is showing the fireworks to her stuffy in this photo!
The fireworks were so much fun! The girls were in bed by 11pm, and then we had to wake them up at 10am the next day to get the 4th of July ball rolling! I’ve recently thrown caution to the wind and started wearing my bikini bathing suits again. The girls have noticed and wanted their own “show tummy” bathing suits. Lucy LOVES hers, Emily usually ends up putting a rash guard over hers.
I seriously don’t know how we survived without this lilly pad!
At the ages of 4 and 6, the girls have already mastered the cannonball!
And we’ve mastered the art of watching them from the lillypad.
We let the girls stay up late one night and go on a snooze cruise, and we had the cutest captain.
On our last night of vacation, we decided to try a new restaurant and had a great outdoor dinner . . . complete with a champagne margarita!
The service was a little slow due to the restaurant being understaffed, but we passed the time with puzzles and find-its.
Another great 4th of July at the lake!