Thursday, July 22, 2010

4th of July

Now I understand why the 4th of July is Bryan's favorite holiday. I mean... family and friends, sun, lake, margaritas, BBQ, no fuss, no dressing up -- pretty much the perfect day!
This year was our first 4th of July being celebrated as a married couple and let me tell you, nothing feels different. And that's a good thing. We had a blast with our friends, and our whole weekend revolved around lake activities. Bryan and I feel so fortunate to live within walking distance to the largest lake in North Carolina. Although you have to drive to most places on the lake, it's really only a 2 minute drive. Everyday we miss California. Everyday. However, we love our life in North Carolina and are just so glad that we made this move to the south. Lake Norman is our new home and we're loving every second of living here.
We had a wonderful 4th of July weekend this year. It began on Friday evening with a free concert in Birkdale Village, which is an adorable shopping area *think a small 'Spectrum'* Our friends live in the apartments above the shops in Birkdale, which is only a 5-10 minute walk from our apartment through a cute housing development. Cali enjoyed her concert on the lawn too! After the concert we all came back to our place to play a board game and cards. Fun night!
The following night we enjoyed fireworks with friends at Queen's Landing on Lake Norman. We arrived much too early and were forced to endure the extreme heat that has set in on this part of the country. Bryan played cornhole while I hid in the shade. There was miniature golf, a dj, BBQ, and tiki hut serving alcohol and, of course, a view of the lake. It was a nice night with friends capped off with a long and powerful fireworks show over the lake.
Sunday was the 4th and we spent the da out on our friends boat with them. Lake Norman has an area called "the sand bar" which mimicks the one in Lake Havasu. It's much smalled, but similar in that people tie their boats to one another and party all day. We spent a good portion of our day in tis area, but mind you, we're not as crazy as we used to be so there was no tying the boat up to other boats *what if it scratched?* or extreme partying *I can hardly drink like I used to* I think the extent of our drinking that day consisted of 1 beer and massive amounts of Crystal Light and water. Bryan, however, did use a noodle as a beer bong at one point -- this was absolutely hilarious! He then had the ride of his life on the tube!
After our fun day on the lake we came back to our place to hide from the sun. Bryan and I put together a BBQ for us and our friends. Thanks to Renee's parents we have one of those Margaritaville margarita machines, so we broke it out and made some margarita's. We then headed back onto the boat that night to watch fireworks from the lake.
4th of July is Bryan's favorite holiday, but he hasn't really been abe to enjoy it these past couple of years. This year was just perfect and he couldn't have been happier! Oh, and we capped the festivities off with a Charlotte Knights baseball game. They played the Durham Bulls, and the Knights kicked butt! We were secretly routing for the Bulls... shhhhh, don't tell anyone................
Birkdale Village concert
Queen's Landing fireworks with friends
Queen's Landing fireworks
4th of July on Lake Norman
Bryan's paddling out to The Sand Bar
Hanging out
Bryan and Cali grilling together
Bryan being Bryan and lighting fireworks in our yard
Knights vs. Bulls baseball game

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