Monday, July 4, 2011

Fourth of July Weekend

Happy Independence Day! I am so thankful to live in this amazing, free country, and am so thankful for the men and women that have fought and continue to fight to keep our country safe and free. 

Brandon and I are celebrating our first married Fourth of July weekend, and it's been wonderfully relaxing, just like we planned. We've cooked at home for every meal this weekend (except for one!) and have slept in, gotten our fill of TV and cleaned. Thank you, Lord for a weekend of rest!

I left work at 2:30 p.m. and made a Sonic happy hour run. Cherry Vanilla Diet Coke? Yes, please! 
We spent the rest of the afternoon watching TV in bed (have I mentioned how much I love watching TV in my bed in the middle of the day? There's something so relaxing about it) and then made supper: steaks, baked potatoes and asparagus, and watched Unknown

I slept in until 9 a.m.! Wonderful. We lazed around the house in the morning, and then met Austin and Emily for lunch at Rusty Taco. Brandon watched women's soccer before playing golf with his dad, and we celebrated the long weekend with Dos Equis

I went to the grocery store that afternoon while Brandon was golfing (it was a madhouse) and then came home and thus started my weekend of cleaning and organization. Hence my now insanely clean and organized fridge: 

There's seriously something about that organization that makes me smile. :) 

That evening, I watched Coco Chanel on the Lifetime Movie Network (ha-pitiful!) and cooked a yummy supper: pork tenderloin, sauteed squash and zucchini and brown rice. Then, because I didn't want to move from my little perch on the couch, we watched Hall Pass on OnDemand.  (I wouldn't recommend; it was pretty dirty.) 

Because Sunday School was cancelled because of the holiday, we slept in {again}. And, sadly (or not sadly), we stayed in our pajamas until 3 p.m. Yep, 3 p.m. I cleaned up a bit around the house and even followed in Stephanie's footsteps and cleaned my wedding rings. They are so shiny and sparkly now! I didn't realize how gross they were until I cleaned them! 

Brandon and I literally spent all day watching the Casey Anthony trial on FOX News, sipping cup after cup of coffee. 
I took a note from Ashley and did a special little cinnamon-y coffee trick:
On top of your coffee grounds, pour a little cinnamon and nutmeg. (She also used ground cloves, but I didn't have that, so I just left it out.) Your house smells amazing and you save money by not buying flavored coffee! My new favorite trick. :)

Once we finally got dressed, we headed over to my in-laws (it was my mother-in-law's birthday) to visit with her and see the fireworks in Southlake. Southlake does this huge festival in their Town Square, which is so patriotic! They have live music, food, games and people bring lawn chairs and just sit and watch the fireworks show. (Which, according to my MIL, is around $200,000! Holy cow!) We had dinner at Blue Mesa and then headed home. 

We slept in {again!} until 9:30 a.m. I don't know what I'm going to do when I have to get up at 6:45 a.m. tomorrow. We again sat and watched the final parts of the Casey Anthony trial over coffee, and while the judge was reading out the jury instructions, I started some laundry, made the bed and dusted. Brandon is playing a little Par-3 course with one of his friends, and I'm doing lots of things that have been on my to-do list for months: rearrange the kitchen, cut the tags off of our decorative pillows on the beds, iron, etc. (You know you're an adult when...) And for the rest of the day, I'll be perched on my little spot on the couch (yes, I'm still in my pajamas!) and awaiting the Casey Anthony verdict. To shower or not to shower...

PS: If you've made it this far, I applaud you! Ha! 

Happy July 4th! 

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