Thursday, July 4, 2013

Patriotic Pancakes

Happy Fourth of July! This holiday is one of my favorites. I think my fondness for today may have something to do with my Mom loving it, too.  She always insisted we wear red, white, and blue on the Fourth and was devastated the first year I missed fireworks with the family because I went to church camp. Both her and my Dad are intensely proud to be Americans. Growing up, I never really noticed how that patriotism rubbed off on me. But, when I was in college, I had to write a paper about my upbringing and family traditions. I realized then how my parents had really instilled in me a love of country and a deep sense of pride in what America stands for. I really am proud to be an American and am so grateful for the freedoms I enjoy.

This morning, we skipped the parades and opted for sleeping in and making pancakes instead. Yum!

A few weekends ago, we found a tripod at a thrift store for a dollar. We were stoked! JD then went and picked up a camera remote from the store (for about $10). Now, we can take family shots when no one else is around. Ha, this changes everything! ;)
After breakfast, JD showed me this video of military members being reunited with their families and we both got a little emotional. Maybe we are extra sensitive now because of the babbling baby that's a part of our family. . . but anyhow, we sure are grateful for all those men and women who sacrifice so much to protect and defend us! 
Happy Independence Day! Don't forget to wear your red, white, and blue :)

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